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WINNIPEG, March 30, 2008 - A festival with a history of bringing world-class performances to the young people of Manitoba will continue to do so thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Steven Fletcher, Parliamen ntary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Winnipeg International Children's Festival.

Funding of up to $100,000 will enable the organization to offer educational children's entertainment. These funds will support three components of the organization's programming. The first is the 26 th annual Winnipeg International Children's Festival, which takes place at the Forks, in Winnipeg, from June 5 to 8, 2008. The second is the Circus And Magic Partnership Program (C.A.M.P.), which takes place from April to June 2008, and combines performan ces by professional artists and a mentorship program for at-risk young people living in urban and northern Manitoba. The third is the Festival of Fools, which features eight days of free performances and circus-arts workshops by local, national, and inter national artists, and takes place from March 29 to April 5, 2008.

"For 26 years, the Winnipeg International Children's Festival has offered young people valuable learning experiences and encouraged their interest in and appreciation of arts a nd culture," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada is proud to support this Festival's work in providing positive and educational cultural experiences to communities in Manitoba."

"Our Government is committed to providing young peop le in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba with access to the arts," said Mr. Fletcher. "With this investment, our Government is ensuring the Winnipeg International Children's Festival continues to thrive, for the benefit of Manitoba families and our arts com munity."

"We are extremely grateful for the support of Canadian Heritage," said Neal Rempel, Executive Producer of the Winnipeg International Children's Festival. "This additional funding will enable us to increase our programming and better engage with the community and our audiences of all ages. It will also allow us to enhance our outreach and continue to be accessible, affordable, and enriching to all social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds."

The Government of Canada has pr ovided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

Information:


Dominic Gosselin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages
819 997-7788

James White
Chief of Staff to the
Member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia
204 984-6432

Angela Cassie
A/Director of Communications and Executive Services
Prairies and Northern Region
Canadian Heritage
204 983-4367
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