Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 16, 2008 18:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Festival des ecrits de l'ombre

SAINT-ANTOINE-DE-TILLY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - Residents of the Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly region will have an opportunity to discover literary and cultural works during an event to promote local and Quebec-based authors, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament (Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Festival des écrits de l'ombre.

Funding of $5,000 will help the organization hold the third edition of the Festival des écrits de l'ombre de Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, which will take place from May 16 to 19, 2008. During the festival, residents will be able to attend free poetry readings, storytelling sessions, and theatrical presentations, and take part in literary evenings. These events will take place at 18 locations along a walking path. Many other activities will also be held, including guided tours of the village to acquaint visitors with its cultural heritage and local products.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Festival des écrits de l'ombre," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Festivals such as this one bring together people of all ages and backgrounds and contribute to building strong communities," said Mr. Gourde. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"What makes this event remarkable is that hundreds of authors who believed that their work was condemned to be forgotten or hidden away in a drawer now have a special place to share their passion with colleagues and the public. This festival is a beacon that symbolizes the freedom of writing and a bridge between literary creation and the beginning of spreading the word. It's time to realize that those writers living in the shadows hold a significant place in Quebec's cultural scene. We would like to thank the Department of Canadian Heritage for this support, which will help us to organize our festival," said Paul Ohl, spokesperson for the festival's 2008 edition.

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage 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 news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Manager, Communications
    514-283-4027