Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 06, 2014 09:00 ET

Opening the Doors to Halifax's Heritage

Government of Canada supports the third annual Doors Open Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 6, 2014) - The Government of Canada has provided funding of $8,900 under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program for the third annual Doors Open Halifax in 2015.

Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), announced this funding today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

With this investment, the Doors Open Halifax Heritage Society will present the Doors Open event in June 2015. The two-day event will feature musical performances, historical re-enactments and heritage presentations at 30 historic properties. More than 30,000 people are expected to participate.

Quick Facts

  • Doors Open, which takes place annually in cities around the world, invites visitors to view properties that are not usually open to the public.
  • The mandate of Doors Open Halifax is to give the general public free access to buildings of historical, contemporary or architectural significance and to generate interest in our built environment.
  • Almost 700 volunteers will help plan and coordinate the 2015 Halifax event, which will feature 77 artists and 8 heritage performers.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in initiatives such as Doors Open Halifax that increase people's understanding and appreciation of their heritage. Such vibrant local events contribute to the quality of life of communities and to the local economy."

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

"I congratulate the organizers and volunteers of Doors Open Halifax for offering a unique opportunity to learn about the contemporary and historic architecture of the city. Participants can also enjoy the talents of local artists and artisans."

-Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's)

"Doors Open Halifax is very much about generating public interest in our built environment and helping tell the story of our past, present and future. We are sincerely grateful for the support of Canadian Heritage; this funding helps us create the tools and resources necessary to promote the event, as well as stage exciting cultural activations that are part of the Doors Open Halifax experience."

-Hugh MacKay, President, Doors Open Halifax Heritage Society

Associated Links

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Doors Open Halifax

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Gilles Theriault
    Manager, Communications
    Atlantic Region
    Canadian Heritage
    506-851-3980

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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