Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 09, 2008 10:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 40th Annual Niagara Folk Arts Festival

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - The Niagara Folk Arts Festival, an annual event for four decades, will expand its programming this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary thanks to funding from the Government of Canada.

Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament (St. Catharines), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Niagara Folk Arts Festival, which is designed to promote multiculturalism and cultural heritage among Canadians.

The Niagara Folk Arts Festival will receive funding of $49,000 to augment its programming activities for this anniversary year. This 17-day multicultural festival features local talent and arts and heritage activities, which include professional and amateur performances open to the general public.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Niagara Folk Arts Festival," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate our rich cultural diversity."

"The Niagara Folk Arts Festival is a pioneer among festivals celebrating multiculturalism," said Mr. Dykstra. "The Government of Canada is proud to support the 40th anniversary of this festival, which plays an important role in celebrating the cultural heritage of the Niagara region."

"The financial support provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program is gratefully appreciated," said Rick Rochon, Executive Director of the Niagara Folk Arts Festival.

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

This release can also be found 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 - Ontario Region
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional Communications