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Government of Canada announces funding for the 2014 Saskatchewan Festival of Words

July 17, 2014 – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing the Saskatchewan Festival of Words with $35,000 in funding for its 2014 literary festival, which presents workshops for all ages, reading sessions, concerts, panel discussions, and interviews. Funding is provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, which gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The 2014 Saskatchewan Festival of Words takes place form July 17 to 20 in Moose Jaw. The festival attracts approximately 1,500 visitors each year.
  • Festival goers will have the opportunity to experience works by Canadian authors in a variety of genres, including fiction and non-fiction, poetry, spoken word, and graphic novels.
  • The Saskatchewan Festival of Words, established in 1996, is dedicated to creating and promoting events that celebrate, in various formats, the imaginative uses of language to entertain and enlighten readers and listeners.

Quotes

“The Saskatchewan Festival of Words brings writers and readers of all ages closer together and lets both residents and visitors experience the works of Canada’s talented authors. Our Government is pleased to support this organization because we recognize that the arts strengthen our communities and contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of our cities, our provinces, and our country as a whole.”
—The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“Thanks to this investment, Saskatchewan audiences will continue to experience the latest works by Canadian writers such as Miriam Toews, Steven Galloway, Katherena Vermette, and Moose Jaw’s own Ken Dalgarno. I am proud that our Government is investing in this fantastic literary festival.”
—Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser)

“With continued government funding, Moose Jaw will be where readers and writers come each summer to immerse themselves in face-to-face discussion with the current bestsellers of Canadian literature. These audiences look to the Saskatchewan Festival of Words for inspiration, investigation, and instruction. We appreciate government investment in the best of small-town cultural hospitality.”
—Donna Lee Howes, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Festival of Words

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