Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2009 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Festival Afro Caraibeen

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Pontiac), today announced funding for the Festival Afro Caraibeen in Gatineau, which began February 6 and continues until February 28, 2009.

For 23 days, the Festival is offering a variety of activities in the fields of literature, music, dance, and visual arts to promote the integration of the history and artistic wealth of ethnocultural communities into local history and the arts scene. This year, more than 50 local artists and around 50 volunteers are taking part in the festivities.

"Our Government recognizes the value of arts and heritage activities that help define and highlight our shared Canadian identity," said Minister Moore. "By supporting this festival, we are promoting citizen participation and bringing these different communities in the Outaouais region together."

"The Afro Caraibeen Festival in Gatineau focuses on the diversity and wealth of the cultural heritage of people from all walks of life," said Minister Cannon. "I am proud that our Government supports a local cultural tradition that encourages Outaouais residents to get involved and enhances the vitality of our communities."

"We would like to thank the Government of Canada. Thanks to its support, the Festival Afro Caraibeen in Gatineau has been a great success," said Karim Diabate, President of the Festival Afro Caraibeen. "This support has allowed us to attract a large number of volunteers, reach a large audience through advertising, and feature many local artists from different ethnocultural communities in the Outaouais region."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $5,700 under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations