Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 19, 2008 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Northern Alberta International Children's Festival

ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - This spring, children in northern and central Alberta will be able to experience and participate in new and existing artistic experiences that celebrate Canada's rich diversity of artistic talent, thanks in part to an investment by the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, John Williams, Member of Parliament (Edmonton-St. Albert), today announced federal support for the Friends of the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival Society.

Funding of $91,325 will help the Society stage the 2008 Northern Alberta International Children's Festival in St. Albert from May 27 to May 31, 2008. The 2008 Festival will continue to successfully balance ticketed events and free performances and activities featuring a broad spectrum of artistic expression. Programming selection strives to increase awareness of the arts and encourage children to become directly involved in arts activities.

"Children's festivals offer young people valuable learning experiences and encourage their interest in and appreciation of arts and culture," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada is proud to support the Society's work in presenting imaginative and culturally diverse programming for families."

"The Northern Alberta International Children's Festival provides the best in performing arts to northern and central Alberta's broader community," said Mr. Williams. "With this funding, our Government is ensuring that St. Albert continues to thrive, both economically and culturally."

"We are grateful for Canadian Heritage's increased funding and continuing support of the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival," said Nancy Abrahamson, Festival Director. "Thanks to Canadian Heritage, children and families from northern and central Alberta will have access to enriching performances from around the world, as well as a variety of activities based on Canada's own rich cultural traditions."

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 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
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager Communications
    Western Region
    604-666-6504