Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 07, 2015 18:30 ET

Showcasing Artists and Heritage at the Festival Western of Saint-Quentin

Government of Canada supports the Festival Western of Saint-Quentin

SAINT-QUENTIN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - July 7, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Madawaska-Restigouche), today announced $15,600 in funding under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program for the Festival Western of Saint-Quentin. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The 31st annual Festival Western of Saint-Quentin is taking place from July 7 to 12, 2015. It offersthe region's visitors and residents a wide variety of cultural events, including concerts featuring local musicians, dance demonstrations, an art show and guided tours of heritage sites.

Quick Facts

  • The Festival Western of Saint-Quentin, established in 1984, has become one of the largest festivals of its kind in Eastern Canada and the only event in the Maritimes that features a professional rodeo.

  • The event relies on 600 volunteers, who spend 18,000 hours putting the festival together.

  • The Festival's cultural events will showcase the talents of over 60 artists, artisans and local heritage interpreters.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support events like the Festival Western of Saint-Quentin that offer opportunities for local artists and artisans to engage with their communities. I congratulate the organizing committee and the many volunteers who make this gathering possible."

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

"I am pleased that our Government has reaffirmed its financial support for the Festival Western of Saint-Quentin. This major event generates significant economic benefits for the area and is an annual celebration that should not be missed."

-The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Madawaska-Restigouche)

"The funding we receive from Canadian Heritage is crucial to bringing the Festival Western of Saint-Quentin to life. It would be difficult to hold an event of this kind without this support. Many projects, such as free concerts under the big top with local artists and the set-up of the site for the artisans, can take place because of this funding."

-Karen Plourde, Executive Director, Festival Western of Saint-Quentin

Associated Links

Festival Western of Saint-Quentin

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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    Atlantic Region
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