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Government of Canada provides funding for Acadian Festival of Wedgeport
May 13, 2014 – Wedgeport, Nova Scotia – Department of Canadian Heritage
For the 32nd year, the Acadian Festival of Wedgeport will bring people together in Yarmouth County to celebrate and promote Acadian culture and the French language.
The Acadian Festival Association of Wedgeport has received $2,000 from the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program for the 2014 festival, taking place from July 26 to 28.
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 Acadian Festival of Wedgeport aims to highlight the vibrancy and strength of Acadian culture and the French language. Activities during the Festival will include a series of concerts with local artists and workshops on Acadian life, both past and modern-day.
- The Acadian Festival of Wedgeport will showcase the talent of 15 local artists and involve some 25 volunteers.
- About 225 people are expected to attend the Festival over three days.
- July 28 is significant for Acadians, since it was on that date in 1755 that the British Crown made the decision to deport the Acadian people (triggering what became known as the Great Upheaval). Since 2005, Canada has officially marked July 28 as a Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval.
“The annual Acadian Festival of Wedgeport is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to appreciate the rich Acadian history of this region of Nova Scotia. Residents of Wedgeport are justifiably proud of the strength and perseverance of their Acadian ancestors.”
— The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
“I am pleased that our Government has invested in such an important event for Acadians in Nova Scotia. The Acadian Festival of Wedgeport is a great way to bring people together, with the added benefits of promoting local artists and contributing to the community’s economy.”
—Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova)
“We are very grateful for the funding from Canadian Heritage. It will help us promote the talent of local Francophone artists, as well as to encourage them to perform on stage and hone their skills. We are the only organization to do this. Recently, one of our talented singers produced a CD of his own compositions. Others have written their own songs. These achievements are made possible through our effort and encouragement.”
—Cyrille LeBlanc, President of the Festival acadien de Wedgeport
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