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Rural Manitoba Festival Receives Federal Boost to Showcase Local Talent

August 18, 2014

MATLOCK, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Aug. 18, 2014) - The Government of Canada is providing $6,300 to the 2014 Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature. This funding is provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

The funding was announced today by James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

-- The 5th edition of the Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature will take place from August 22 to 24, 2014, on a 45-acre site that includes forest, grassland, and wetland habitats. -- The event features performances in music, poetry, and spoken word, as well as interactive presentations of drumming, art, and traditional Aboriginal games. -- The festival's mission is to connect people and build community through art, music, dance, and nature while modelling sustainable and environmentally responsible practices.


"Today's investment demonstrates our Government's ongoing commitment to supporting our communities, as well as arts and culture. Our country is home to many fantastic festivals that showcase Canada's amazing local talent, and the Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature is a great example of this."

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

"I would like to thank the board and volunteers of the Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature for their hard work and dedication. This August, residents and visitors alike will have the opportunity to experience the 5th edition of this region's unique festival, and I am proud that our Government is providing support to help make this happen."

-James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake)

"Matlock Festival gratefully acknowledges the support received from the Government of Canada. Grants such as these make it possible for us to host our event, and we humbly appreciate the support. We are a small festival whose mandate is to provide a family-oriented and culturally significant event focusing on healthy living, community, arts, and opportunities for all. We look forward to our fifth and best year ever!"

-Cheryl Cohen, Artistic Director, Matlock Festival

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Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Marisa Monnin Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages 819-997-7788 Francine D. Lefebvre Regional Manager, Communications Prairies and Northern Region Canadian Heritage 204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-899-8611 Media Relations Canadian Heritage 819-994-9101 1-866-569-6155 Source: Department of Canadian Heritage

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Source: Marketwire (Canada)

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