Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 16, 2009 16:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Cathedral Village Arts Festival

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), today announced funding for the Cathedral Area Community Association. This funding will help support the 18th annual Cathedral Village Arts Festival, a celebration of the arts, life, and community spirit that will be held in Regina from May 18 to 23, 2009.

This festival features six days of music, dance, literary presentations, visual art, and theatre performances. There are also children's activities and displays to engage the community by fostering the creative spirit in everyone.

"Our Government is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Moore. "Events like the Cathedral Village Arts Festival bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to a stronger local economy."

"Since its beginnings, the Cathedral Village Arts Festival has been making an important contribution to the cultural vitality of Regina," said Mr. Boughen. "I would like to thank the Cathedral Village Arts Festival 2009 Committee for the energy, commitment, and creativity it has invested and will invest in this year's festival. I am proud that our Government will be supporting this important event."

"The Cathedral Village Arts Festival has, for the last 18 years, been founded on the principle that art is rooted in and helps to create community. Support from the Government of Canada has been instrumental in helping the Festival put this principle into practice," said Nils Clausson, Festival Chair. "Local artists, businesses, churches, schoolchildren, and Cathedral residents have been united in making the creation and public display of art available for everyone in our community."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre, A/Director
    Communications and Executive Services
    204-983-4367
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155