CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2011) - The 30th annual Carifest Calgary will give residents and visitors a chance to experience the culture of the Caribbean, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Funding was announced today by Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This eight-day summer festival will highlight Caribbean heritage through choir performances, a showcase gala of costumes designed by local artists and artisans, and performances by local musicians. Carifest Calgary relies on the support of more than 180 volunteers and will showcase the talent of more than 270 artists and artisans.

"Carifest Calgary invites festival-goers to make exciting discoveries, as well as to forge ties with the Caribbean community," said Minister Moore. "This festival demonstrates just how useful arts and culture can be in helping us discover other worlds and other cultures. This is why our Government is proud to support Carifest Calgary 2011, which brings together citizens of all backgrounds."

"The annual Carifest Calgary is a popular festival that provides a wonderful showcase of Caribbean culture," said Mr. Richardson. "Events like this add to the cultural diversity of our province, while contributing to its economic and artistic vitality."

"On behalf of the Caribbean Community Council, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for encouraging celebrations that promote better understanding of the diverse cultures in our city," said Drew Allum, President, Carifest Calgary. "This support ensures that cultural festivals like ours can do even more to present the very best of the community."

The Caribbean Community Council of Calgary is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for Calgary residents to experience and enjoy Caribbean culture. This year's festival will run from June 4 to June 11 and feature dance and musical performances, arts and crafts, and a parade highlighting the art of Caribbean costume making.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $19,600 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.

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Contact Information: Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
Canadian Heritage
Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
Western Region
Perry Boldt - A/Regional Manager