Festivals and Performing Arts

Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help Canadians celebrate their community, past and present, through three separate funding components: Local Festivals, Community Anniversaries, and The Legacy Fund. The program aims to increase opportunities for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage. 2,495 arts and heritage projects in 888 communities funded by the BCAH program were carried out in 2011-2012 by many volunteers across Canada.

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities, by providing financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series, as well as their support organizations. The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) supports approximately 600 projects in more than 250 communities across Canada. The CAPF awarded a total of $28,047,897 in 2013-2014.

The Canada Arts Training Fund contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the training of artists with high potential through institutions that offer training of the highest calibre. The Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF) supports 39 training institutions that prepare Canadians artists for professional national and international artistic careers. The CATF awarded a total of $22,620,000 in 2013-2014.

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund supports projects that contribute to the organizational, administrative and financial health of arts and heritage organizations. Since 2006-2007, the Endowment Incentives component has provided more than $132 million in matching grants, leveraging private sector donations of $185 million, for a total of over $317 million invested in public charitable foundations and benefiting the long-term financial health of 181 arts organizations across Canada. Since 2010-2011, 56 projects have been approved for an amount of close to $13 million through the Strategic Initiatives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation by increasing access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays. The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund has financially contributed to 175 projects for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 in 97 communities across Canada for a total amount of $45,306,534.

The Games of La Francophonie are held every four years, bringing together almost 3,000 athletes and artists from 77 member and observer states and governments of La Francophonie. The Games of La Francophonie are the only international games that feature both cultural and sport competitions.

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