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Ottawa opens vault for Winnipeg arts groups

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Nine Winnipeg-based arts organizations will receive more than $1 million of funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Shelly Glover, minister of Canadian heritage and official languages, announced Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Several major festivals, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and KidsFest, will receive support. Funding will also go toward community concerts and youth workshops presented by the West End Cultural Centre as well as programming at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain.

More than 540,000 people are expected to attend and benefit from the artistic and cultural programming offered by these nine organizations over the next two years.

"Our government is pleased to support these organizations, because we recognize that the arts strengthen our communities and contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of our city and our province," Glover, who made the announcement at an event at the Winnipeg Folk Festival music store, said in a release.

"As a not-for-profit organization, the Winnipeg Folk Festival greatly values its ongoing partnership with the Government of Canada," said Lynne Skromeda, executive director of the festival. "This funding allows us to continue to bring music to the lives of so many people in Winnipeg through our summer festival and year-round programs. We are incredibly grateful for this support."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 19, 2013 C14

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