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Ottawa Moves to the Rhythms of Haiti

Continued federal support for the Haiti en Fete festival

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/16/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is announcing an investment of $11,200 under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to support the 8th Haiti en Fete festival. This funding will allow festival organizers Kombite Outaouais to present local artists in a variety of music and dance performances with a focus on Haitian culture during the three-day event.

Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orleans), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

--  The festival will be held from July 18 to 20, 2014, on Petrie Island, an
    island in the Ottawa River east of the City of Ottawa.
--  The festival organizer, Kombite Outaouais, was created in 2007 to
    promote the artistic and cultural heritage of the Haitian community and
    the many other Francophone minorities in Ontario.
--  Kombite Outaouais has received a total of $69,700 through the Building
    Communities Through Arts and Heritage program since 2009-2010 for the
    festival.

Quotes

"We are delighted to continue to support the Haiti en Fete festival. Today's announcement clearly shows that we are serious about supporting organizations that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of their communities."

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"By investing in the Haiti en Fete festival, the Government of Canada is showing its support for this event, which offers a unique cultural experience and stimulates the local economy by attracting thousands of people to Eastern Ontario."

-Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orleans)

"The festival continues to survive thanks to grants from the different levels of government, in particular the federal government through the financial support of Canadian Heritage. The Haitian community is grateful for this support, which allows us to showcase our community's cultural contribution to our wonderful new home."

-Edy Joachim, Kombite Outaouais

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Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Festival Haiti en fete

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Contacts:
Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Jillian Lum
Manager of Regional Communications
Ontario Region
Canadian Heritage
416-973-2050
[email protected]

Bryan Michaud
Executive Assistant
Office of Royal Galipeau, MP
613-995-1800
613-790-0813 (cell)
[email protected]

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
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