Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2008 09:43 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (St. John's South-Mount Pearl), today announced funding for this year's Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.

Funding of $50,000 will assist the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Council (NLFAC) in presenting its annual three-day festival, which celebrates folk traditions in music, dance, and spoken-word performance. In its 32nd year, the Folk Festival will take place from August 8 to 10, 2008, in St. John's.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to provide funding for the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Festival, a mainstay cultural event in the St. John's area," said Minister Verner. "Every year, residents and visitors alike look forward to professional musical performances at the Folk Festival, as well as the variety of workshops offered."

"The organizers of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival are to be congratulated on their hard work and commitment to bringing this annual cultural event to residents and visitors to the St. John's area," said Minister Hearn. "The festival celebrates local and visiting artists and offers a wide variety of programming for everyone to enjoy."

"The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Council is absolutely thrilled that the Government of Canada has invested additional funds in the Arts Presentation Canada Program," said Sherry House, Executive Director. "This level of support will allow our organization to strengthen the community engagement activities that we already present at the festival and help us reach out to new artists, audience members, and community groups."

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

This release can also be found 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