Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

May 14, 2015 11:53 ET

Shows, Theatre and a Showcase for the Americas in Moncton

Government of Canada supports the Aberdeen Cultural Centre and the Escaouette Theatre Cooperative

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - May 14, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe), today announced financial support totalling $131,400 for the Aberdeen Cultural Centre and the Escaouette Theatre Cooperative. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).

The Aberdeen Cultural Centre will receive $38,400 to present the Acadie Rock Festival and $45,000 for a special component of the festival, the Square of the Americas. The Escaouette Theatre Cooperative will receive funding of $48,000 to help cover part of its 2015-16 programming. The funding comes from three programs: Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, the Development of Official-Language Communities Program, and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Community Celebrations Fund.

Quick facts

  • From August 8 to 15, 2015, the Aberdeen Cultural Centre will present the 4th edition of the Acadie Rock Festival in Moncton, which will highlight the talents of 73 local artists.
  • The Acadie Rock Festival is marking Toronto's hosting of the Pan Am Games in 2015. Its presentation of the Square of the Americas will paint a portrait of the various regions of the Americas through artistic, cultural, athletic, culinary, and many other types of experiences.
  • In 2015-16, the Escaouette Theatre Cooperative will continue to build into its programming a variety of creative activities for the general public, such as the Festival à haute voix and a drama writing contest for high school students.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support the Aberdeen Cultural Centre and the Escaouette Theatre Cooperative, two pillars of New Brunswick's arts and culture scene. Residents and visitors in Greater Moncton will enjoy colourful and energizing celebrations."

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

"We want to spread the enthusiasm generated by the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games by supporting community celebrations that will allow Canadians to create bonds among themselves and will honour our cultural diversity, our achievements and our unique heritage."

-The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

"Today's announcement demonstrates our Government's ongoing support for organizations that promote the cultural and economic vitality of our communities. The activities on offer will provide a wonderful showcase for our local artists and diverse programming for audiences."

-Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe)

"This financial assistance from the federal government is very welcome, as it enables us to bring the spirit of the Pan Am Games to the citizens of southeastern New Brunswick in Moncton, while sharing the cultural riches of the many communities from all over the Americas."

-Éric Cormier, Project Coordinator and Assistant Director, Aberdeen Cultural Centre

Associated Links

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Development of Official-Language Communities Program

Community Celebrations Fund for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Aberdeen Cultural Centre

Escaouette Theatre Cooperative (French only)

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