Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 16, 2015 13:00 ET

Lytton River Festival Marks 12th Anniversary

Member of Parliament Mark Strahl announces funding for the Lytton River Festival Society

LYTTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 16, 2015) - The Government of Canada is providing funding of $10,950 under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program in support of the 12th edition of the Lytton River Festival. With this funding, the Lytton River Festival Society will showcase the work of more than 120 artists and heritage performers.

Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The festival will take place in Lytton from September 4 to 6 and is expected to attract more than 1,800 participants. Festival activities include live musical performances, hands-on artist delivered workshops and First Nations drumming and dancing.
  • The Lytton River Festival Society is a non-profit organization that celebrates the people of the Thompson and Fraser rivers and their historic and present roles in the small community of Lytton.
  • The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Thanks to festivals like the Lytton River Festival, Canadians have access to local artistic talent and can learn about our shared history through exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations. This celebration allows us to continue to honour the culture, traditional practices and community spirit of the region and its people."

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

"Our Government is pleased to invest in important festivals like this one, which increases the vitality of the region and ensures that residents and visitors alike have access to cultural programming that reflects British Columbia's rich history. I offer my congratulations to the Lytton River Festival, which has accomplished great things over the last 12 years."

-Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon)

"The Lytton River Festival is a popular event that features the Peoples of the Rivers-the Thompson and Fraser-and the present and historic role they have played in the small community of Lytton. Without Canadian Heritage funding, it would have been almost impossible to develop the strong First Nations component that is integral to this family-oriented festival."

-Bernie Fandrich, President, Lytton River Festival Society

Associated Links

Lytton River Festival

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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    Anna Gravelle
    Regional Communications Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
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