Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 28, 2009 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Okanagan International Children's Festival

PENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Coquihalla), today announced funding that will help the Okanagan International Children's Festival Society present its 7th annual Festival.

The Festival will present 230 different artists at 58 public events and feature professional performances in a variety of disciplines, including popular and classical music, literature, visual arts, and dance. This year's circus theme will engage young audiences in a number of outreach activities, such as juggling, stilt walking, tightrope balancing, and entry-level flying acrobatics. Planned events also include storytelling, an Aboriginal village featuring a longhouse, and a variety of performances in French.

"Our Government knows how essential arts and culture are to our communities, our identity, and our economy," said Minister Moore. "The Okanagan International Children's Festival Society makes an outstanding contribution to the cultural vitality of the region, and we are proud to contribute to it."

"For the past seven years, the International Children's Festival has provided children and parents alike with unforgettable moments," said Minister Day. "This event invites us to discover the world around us through the arts helps make our community even more dynamic."

"We believe our children deserve the very best the world has to offer-so we bring it to them every year," said Gord Osland, Executive Director of the Okanagan International Children's Festival Society. "We are very appreciative of the financial support from the Government of Canada because it enables us to provide an opportunity for kids from all over southern British Columbia to expand their horizons and gain understanding about other cultures that they'll never find on a TV set, a computer screen, or even in a classroom. This festival is for the child in all of us!"

The Okanagan International Children's Festival Society aims to present world-class performing arts and participatory activities that are entertaining, educational, and accessible to children of all social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

The Government of Canada has provided $25,000 in 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
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Western Region
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155