Harper Government Invests in Cathedral Village Arts Festival

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REGINA, March 12, 2012 - The Cathedral Area Community Association will present a six-day spring festival in Cathedral Village, one of the oldest and most eclectic neighbourhoods in Regina, thanks in part to an investment by the Government of Canada. The announcement was made today by Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

In May 2012, approximately 35,000 residents of and visitors to Regina will participate in the Cathedral Village Arts Festival. The 21st edition of the festival will showcase local artists through music, dance and theatre performances, as well as visual art exhibitions. Planned activities include a street fair with artisans, buskers and performance stages. In addition, evening performances will take place in venues throughout Cathedral Village, including restaurants, art galleries, community centres and churches.

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important events like the Cathedral Village Arts Festival,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting this event, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”

“Since its beginnings, the Cathedral Area Community Association has been making an important contribution to the cultural life of Regina,” said Mr. Boughen. “For more than 20 years, its festival has brought area residents together, drawn tourists to Regina, and helped build a stronger community and economy.”

“The Cathedral Village Arts Festival is founded on the principle that art is rooted in and helps to create community. Support from the Government of Canada has been instrumental in helping the Festival put this principle into practice,” said Phil Jeffreys, President of the Cathedral Area Community Association. “Local artists, businesses, churches, schoolchildren, and Cathedral residents all come together in making the creation and public display of art available for everyone in our community.”

The Cathedral Area Community Association provides facilities and resources to support the ongoing development of its community, advocates on quality of life issues, and ensures timely communication with all stakeholders. 

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,900 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.