MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - June 9, 2016) - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today reiterated the Canadian government's support for the 28th FrancoFolies de Montréal, which will take place from June 9 to 18, 2016.

The Minister for Canadian Heritage announced $175,000 in financial assistance for the 2016 edition of the FrancoFolies. This sum, awarded through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will help promote Francophone music and the next generation of artists.

As for CED, they note that a non-repayable contribution of $300,000 was awarded to the FrancoFolies for 2016. That amount, granted under the Quebec Economic Development Program, helps support the promotion and marketing of the festival abroad.

Quick Facts

  • The FrancoFolies has a program line-up of more than 250 shows, including 180 free open-air performances at the Place des Festivals.
  • More than a thousand performers from Quebec, other Canadian provinces and abroad are participating in this festival and more than half of them belong to the next generation.
  • This event of international importance showcasing different types of Francophone music and songs attracts nearly a million visitors every year.

Quotes

"The FrancoFolies de Montréal never fails to entertain us each year thanks to a rich and varied program line-up featuring both established and emerging performers. It's an event that shows the vitality of songs performed in French and contributes at the same time to the development of our cultural scene."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"In addition to generating considerable economic benefits for the region, particularly through the arrival of many visitors, the FrancoFolies contribute to Montreal's international reputation and position the metropolis as a top-notch tourist destination."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Associated Links

FrancoFolies de Montréal

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Quebec Economic Development Program

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