Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 24, 2014 11:00 ET

Showcasing Arab Culture in the Montreal Region: Government of Canada Supports the Festival du Monde Arabe de Montreal

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 24, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced $45,000 in funding for the 15th Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal (Arab World Festival of Montréal), which will take place from October 24 to November 8, 2014.

This funding, provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will make it possible to offer a diverse program celebrating interculturality and promoting cultural exchange between Canada and the countries of the Middle East and Maghreb.

Quick Facts

  • The Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal draws close to 100,000 visitors each year.
  • At the festival, some 100 artists from Canada, Europe and the Arab world present a range of artistic works in disciplines such as dance, music, theatre, and visual and media arts.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support the Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal. This annual event promotes exchange, dialogue and openness between different communities and gives us a chance to experience Arab culture in all its diversity."

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

"Year after year, Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal organizers, artists and partners have shown a passionate interest in other peoples. A space for creativity and a meeting place for cultures, which draws on shared heritage and looks ahead to a common future, the festival has helped over the years to make Montréal a cosmopolitan, diverse and avant-garde city."

-Joseph Nakhlé, Artistic Director and General Manager, Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal

Associated Links

Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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