Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2008 09:34 ET

The Government of Canada Supports St. John's Festival of New Dance

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 Festival of New Dance.

Neighbourhood Dance Works (NDW) will receive funding of $40,000 for its 18th annual week-long festival of contemporary dance, featuring choreographers from Newfoundland and Labrador, other parts of Canada and other countries. The Festival of New Dance will be held from June 17 to 22, 2008, in St. John's.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support the Festival of New Dance, a unique cultural event in Newfoundland and Labrador," said Minister Verner. "Featuring nightly performances, a film series, workshops and other activities, this dance festival appeals to a wide audience."

"Congratulations to the organizers of the Festival of New Dance on their work as Newfoundland and Labrador's primary source and sole presenter of contemporary dance," said Minister Hearn. "This festival celebrates local and visiting professional artists in an event anticipated by residents and visitors alike."

"Neighbourhood Dance Works is proud to expand its community outreach activities through growth in support from the Department of Canadian Heritage," said Louise Moyes, Chair of the Board. "At Festival 2008 we are thrilled to present leading Canadian choreographers Christopher House, Denise Fujiwara, and Chanti Wadge, among others. The Newfoundland Showcase will provide a unique opportunity for local artists to perform before a large and diverse audience, since the Society of Canadian Dance Studies will be meeting at the same time as the Festival. The outreach in the schools project will help develop an appreciation and understanding of contemporary dance in young people and will build an audience for our performances."

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.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations