Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

May 15, 2015 19:00 ET

Investing in Indigenous Arts and Culture

Government of Canada supports Planet IndigenUS

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 15, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $70,000 in funding to the Woodland Cultural Centre. This investment, provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will support the 2015 edition of the Planet IndigenUS festival.

Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament (Brant), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • Planet IndigenUs is a co-production of the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford and the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
  • The 2015 edition of the festival will take place from July 31 to August 3 at various locations in Brantford, including the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. The festival will then move to Toronto from August 4 to 9.
  • The theme of the 2015 festival is "Seven Generations" and the lineup includes dance, theatre, media and visual arts, and diverse musical performances.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to give Canadians greater access to the arts by supporting organizations that engage communities through arts and culture and also stimulate the local economy. Arts and culture bring us together and let us celebrate the remarkable talent and diversity that we have here in Canada."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"I am delighted to see the Government of Canada support Planet IndigenUS. This funding will translate into quality artistic performances that will bring excitement to the Indigenous community and to the many supporters of Indigenous art and culture."

-Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament, (Brant)

"This financial commitment from the Department of Canadian Heritage is truly indicative of the purpose and intention of its namesake... Heritage! This grant supports the efforts of one of Canada's leading Indigenous cultural institutions, the Woodland Cultural Center, to co-host Planet IndigenUS 2015. Planet IndigenUS 2015 will showcase and host a myriad of multi-disciplined artistic expressions of contemporary Indigenous civilizations and their cultures from around the globe. As a result over 300 international artists, over 10 days, will descend and make Canada their home at two sites: the Woodland Cultural Centre at Brantford and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto."

-Amos Key Jr., Executive Director, Woodland Cultural Centre

Associated Links

Woodland Cultural Centre

Planet IndigenUS 2015

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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    Jillian Lum
    Manager of Regional Communications
    Ontario Region
    Canadian Heritage
    416-973-2050
    jillian.lum@pch.gc.ca

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