WEDGEPORT, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), today announced $2,000 in funding for the Wedgeport Acadian Festival Association. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Association will use this funding from the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to organize the 33rd Wedgeport Acadian Festival, which will take place on August 7 and 8, 2015. The festival lineup will include a series of concerts with local performers and workshops about Acadian life, past and present. These events will feature the talents of 11 local artists.

Quick Facts

  • The goal of the Wedgeport Acadian Festival Association is to preserve and promote Francophone Acadian culture and heritage and the French language in the community.
  • The first Wedgeport Acadian Festival was held in 1982.
  • The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"I would like to congratulate everyone who has contributed in some way to the success of the Wedgeport Acadian Festival in its over 30 year history. Local artists, residents and visitors alike enjoy this event, which creates joie de vivre in the community."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"I am proud that our Government recognizes the importance of the organizations, both big and small, that contribute to the vitality and development of our communities here in Nova Scotia. The Wedgeport Acadian Festival showcases the rich Acadian and Francophone culture of this area."

-Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova)

"We are very grateful for the support from Canadian Heritage, which helps us fulfill our goal of preserving and promoting our Francophone Acadian culture and heritage, as well as promoting Acadian pride through, song, music, theatre, and talks on heritage and the contemporary Acadian community."

-Cyrille LeBlanc, President, Festival acadien de Wedgeport

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