Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 08, 2015 09:00 ET

Privateer Days Takes a Step Back in 1780

Government of Canada Provides Funding to Privateer Days Commission

LIVERPOOL, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - June 8, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding of $40,600 for the 30th edition of Privateer Days in Liverpool.

From June 26 to 28, Privateer Days 2015 will present a live encampment, battle re-enactments by the King's Orange Rangers, Old Burial Ground tours, an artisan workshop, a privateer play, as well as musical and dance performances. The Privateer Days Commission is counting on the participation of 500 volunteers who will plan and organize the three-day festival, a proud celebration of Liverpool's colourful privateer heritage.

Funding for this edition of Privateer Days is being provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Quick Facts

  • Privateer Days is part of Nova Scotia's Signature Festival. The activities will promote the work of over 800 local artists and heritage performers.
  • During the late 18th century, Liverpool was considered by many to be the privateering capital of British North America.
  • The end of the War of 1812 marked the end of privateering for Liverpool, although the stories and heritage are still celebrated today.


"I am truly pleased that our Government is providing funding for the 30th edition of Privateer Days. I am amazed that such a unique heritage dating back to 1780 is still celebrated today in Liverpool. By keeping this tradition alive, we are building stronger communities right here in Nova Scotia."

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

"Privateer Days is the perfect occasion for residents and tourists to experience privateering culture and heritage through live cultural experiences. I applaud the many volunteers who have contributed countless hours over the past 30 years to this successful event. "

-Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's)

"The partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage has allowed Privateer Days to grow from a small-town festival to a wonderful collection of cultural and musical events recognized throughout the province and beyond. Always encouraged and supported by Canadian Heritage and MP Gerald Keddy, we have had the opportunity to explore many new options while paying homage to our rich history of Liverpool."

-Brian Frolic, Chair, Privateer Days 2015

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  • Marisa Monnin
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    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Gilles Theriault
    Communications Manager
    Atlantic Region

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage