Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 24, 2014 09:00 ET

Seafest Celebrates Life by the Sea in Yarmouth

The Government of Canada provides funding to the Seafest Association

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

Yarmouth's residents and visitors will come together in July to celebrate the community's rich seafaring culture and history during the Seafest and Rudder's Parade of Lights Festival.

The Government of Canada has provided $14,300 in funding to the Seafest Association through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. This funding will allow the Seafest Association to present the 36th edition of the Seafest and Rudder's Parade of Lights Festival from July 16 to 26.

Quick Facts

  • The theme of this year's festival is Seashells and Sandcastles.
  • Activities will include musical and theatrical performances by local artists and presentations of local heritage, such as a guided walking tour and demonstrations.
  • The festival will feature 97 local artists, artisans, and heritage performers, with an expected audience of 55,000 over 11 days.
  • Yarmouth's seafaring history dates back more than 250 years.
  • The Seafest and Rudder's Parade of Lights Festival was voted the top Nova Scotia festival in WestJet's Fun 'n Festival Series for 2013.

Quotes

"It is important as Canadians to know where we come from and to understand the history that has shaped our communities. The Seafest and Rudder's Parade of Lights Festival is a wonderful way to contribute to our appreciation of Yarmouth's rich seafaring history."

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

"I am pleased that our Government is supporting the Seafest Festival, a popular annual event in southwest Nova Scotia. This festival brings residents and visitors of all ages together to celebrate the sea, while showcasing local talent and boosting the local economy."

- Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova)

"This funding helps us continue to maintain a primarily local flavour to the Seafest Festival. We are able to hire local bands and artisans, and the funding gives us the opportunity to present a locally written play that features local artists."
-Don Smith, President, Seafest Association

Associated Links

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Seafest

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