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Government of Canada supports the Festival acadien de Clare

May 22, 2014 – Church Point, Nova Scotia – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided $25,000 in funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to support programming offered in 2014–2015 by the Festival acadien de Clare.

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Festival acadien de Clare will take place in the St. Mary’s Bay area from July 26 to August 3. In addition, it will present a show in celebration of National Acadian Day on August 15, 2014. The festival includes musical performances for all ages, as well as cabaret evenings in the Marc Lescarbot Theatre at Sainte-Anne University and in clubs and cafés such as the Rendez-vous de la Baie and Le Richelieu.

Quick Facts

  • The Festival acadien de Clare has existed for 59 years and is the oldest Acadian festival in North America. 
  • The festival has been receiving support from Canadian Heritage since 2004–2005.
  • Nine Acadian and Francophone performers from Canada and abroad will put on seven shows during the festival.   


“The Festival acadien de Clare is an event that highlights the joie de vivre of the Acadian and Francophone community in this part of Nova Scotia. Our Government is proud to support this major cultural event, which showcases artists from the local, national and international Francophone community.”
—The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages 

“For 59 years, the Festival acadien de Clare has allowed residents and visitors to enjoy cultural experiences with a local flavour. The festival contributes to the cultural and economic vitality of the community.”
—Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova) 

“The Festival acadien de Clare is pleased with the contribution and thanks Canadian Heritage for its ongoing support of the festival. For our 59th year, we are counting on this support and the participation of all Acadian communities to celebrate our culture with the world at large.” 
—Sébastien Dol, President, Festival acadien de Clare 

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