Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 24, 2014 10:00 ET

Musical Theatre in Tusket Pays Tribute to the Story of Evangeline

Government of Canada provides funding to Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas

TUSKET, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - June 24, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Acadian story told in the celebrated poem "Évangeline" will be dramatized in a musical presented to residents and visitors in the Argyle region in July and August.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $30,000 to the Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas through the Community Life component of the Development of Official Language Communities Program.

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This funding will allow the Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas to produce and present "Pièce musicale Évangeline" at the Salle Père Maurice LeBlanc in Tusket from July 15 to August 15, in partnership with the Hebron Arts Centre. The Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas will coordinate artistic and musical direction, recruit actors and a support team, and organize and promote the event. The play will engage the community in a greater appreciation of Acadian history and culture.

Quick Facts

  • The Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas, a non-profit organization established in 2009, promotes the development and appreciation of the arts by and for the Francophone and Acadian community in the Argyle region and surrounding areas.

  • This project marks the first time that the group has received funding from Canadian Heritage.

  • The musical will allow the Conseil to highlight a significant part of Acadian history and culture.

Quotes

"English and French are part of our history, and in a country as vast and as diverse as ours, they are at the heart of our identity. Many organizations, such as the Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas, play an important role in the ongoing development of Acadian and Francophone communities in our country."

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

"I am pleased that our Government is supporting the Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas in its production of 'Pièce musicale Évangéline,' which is based on the celebrated poem of the same name. This theatrical presentation will honour our rich Acadian history and celebrate Francophone arts and culture."

-Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova)

"The Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas is proud of this contribution and thanks Canadian Heritage for its support. We are counting on this support and the participation of the Acadian community and others in order to celebrate our culture, of which the story of Évangeline is an integral part."

-Father Maurice LeBlanc, President, Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas

Associated Links

Development of Official Language Communities Program

Conseil des arts de Par-en-Bas

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