Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 14, 2008 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 2008 WordFest

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 14, 2008) - Some of the best emerging and established writers from Canada and around the world will join readers in Banff this fall for WordFest, thanks in part to an investment from the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), today announced a federal investment of $65,000 for WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival. The funding will be used to organize this year's festival, to be held from October 14 to 19.

"For 13 years, the Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival has promoted and encouraged the literary and spoken arts," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada is pleased to provide this support for a festival that energizes the communities of Banff and Calgary year after year."

"Our Government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have access to the arts," said Mr. Richardson. "I am delighted to announce the Government's support for this event, which is Canada's third-largest annual literary festival."

"The Arts Presentation Canada Program's support is vital to our organization. It plays a critical role in allowing WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival to meet its objectives," said Anne Green, Director of WordFest. "The funding for the 2008 season will enable WordFest to better fulfill its commitments to community engagement and outreach."

The Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival will offer 70 public events this year, in both official languages, which include adult and youth discussion groups with authors, literature readings for people of all ages, live performances, workshops, book signings, author interviews, and programs for Francophone and Aboriginal audiences. The festival also includes specific programming for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program contributes to improved physical conditions for artistic creativity and presentation or exhibition. It is designed to improve access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts, as well as to museum collections and heritage exhibitions.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager Communications
    Western Region