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Member of Parliament Chris Warkentin announces support for the Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival Association

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/14/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided the Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival Association with $13,000 in funding over two years ($6,500 in 2014-2015 and $6,500 in 2015-2016) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This investment will support the 14th and 15th editions of the Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival.

Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

--  This year's Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival will
    take place from July 18 to 20 and will include up to 20 artists and acts
    featuring dance, music, juggling, comedy, acrobatics, and other street-
    based artistic disciplines from around the world.

--  This event regularly draws crowds of up to 25,000 people and is one of
    Grande Prairie's signature events.

--  The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to
    the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts
    festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other
    artistic experiences.


Quotes

"By supporting local arts organizations, we are helping to ensure that Canadians are able to live in communities that foster and promote artistic talent. I am delighted to see so many diverse performers for this year's festival."

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

"Our Government is proud to support the Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival as it continues to make performance art accessible to the community. I wish the festival every success in its work to enrich and showcase cultural vitality to our region."

-Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River)

"Canadian Heritage funding has made it possible for the Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival to entertain our region's families for 14 years. Thanks to this support, our festival is a must-see event every summer for thousands of Peace Country residents and their guests."

-Wayne Ayling, Co-Chairman, Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival Association

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Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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

Anna Gravelle
A/Regional Communications Manager
Canadian Heritage
Western Region
604-666-6504

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Canadian Heritage
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