Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 09, 2014 12:00 ET

Hills Are Alive Music and Dance Cultural Fest Hits High Note with Federal Support

Government of Canada announces funding for the Miywasin Society of Aboriginal Services

MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 9, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided support through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to support the 6th edition of the Hills Are Alive Music and Dance Cultural Fest.

LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat), today announced funding of $3,700 to the Miywasin Society of Aboriginal Services on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

The event will feature a variety of cultural workshops including fiddle, guitar, mandolin, hand drumming, and bagpipe, as well as opportunities to learn more about Aboriginal crafts and Métis language. Local artists will also provide nightly musical performances throughout the four-day festival.

Quick Facts

  • The Hills Are Alive Music and Dance Cultural Fest will take place in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park-Alberta from June 19 to June 22, 2014.
  • The Miywasin Society of Aboriginal Services is a non-profit service organization that supports the Aboriginal community in the Medicine Hat region.
  • Miywasin is a Cree word meaning "It is good."

Quotes

"Our Government believes in supporting local festivals that promote Canadian artists and showcase the culture and traditions of our nation's past and present."

- Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Hills Are Alive Music and Dance Cultural Fest enables the community to explore the region's rich history and become immersed in Métis traditions and culture. This festival is an excellent way to kick off the summer season!"

- LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat)

"The Hills are Alive Music and Dance Cultural Fest is a four-day festival highlighting Métis music, dance, and cultural workshops set in the beautiful Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park-Alberta. It is an interactive learning experience for the whole family; regardless of musical skill or interest, there is something for everyone!"

- Jeannette Hansen, Executive Director, Miywasin Society of Aboriginal Services

Associated Links

The Hills Are Alive Music and Dance Cultural Fest

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park-Alberta

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