Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 10, 2008 08:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Living Skies Festival of Words

MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 10, 2008) - Residents of Saskatchewan will have an opportunity to discover literary and cultural works at a festival promoting literary artists from across Canada, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Dave Batters, Member of Parliament (Palliser), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Living Skies Festival of Words.

Funding of $25,000 will assist the organization in hosting the 12th annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words, taking place from July 17 to 20, 2008. This four day festival celebrates the imaginative ways we use language - patrons will experience language through drama, vivid readings, song, comedy, film, talks, interviews and panels, and other celebratory activities. Works reflecting this year's theme, "Character Matters", will be presented by professional and emerging authors and artists to audiences of all ages.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Living Skies Festival of Words," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate Canadian arts and culture."

"Each year, this Festival highlights the imaginative use of words by Canadians, and entertains and enlightens readers and listeners," said Mr. Batters. "The Government of Canada is proud to contribute to the success of this Moose Jaw event."

"The support from Canadian Heritage enables us to offer a varied and culturally rich artistic program at the 2008 Festival of Words, here in Moose Jaw," said Donna Lee Howes, Artistic Coordinator of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words. "With commitments from funders like Canadian Heritage, we can stretch out, dream big and present rich, innovative literary festivals that audiences crave, communities applaud, and that thrill supporters for their diversity."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

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
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage, Prairies and Northern Region
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications
    and Executive Services