Ottawa is backing the 2015 and 2016 Winnipeg Comedy Festival, providing $50,000 each year to the Gas Station Arts Centre to run its annual event.
“The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is one of Manitoba’s well-known cultural events, and each year it attracts thousands of spectators,” said Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, in a statement on Wednesday.
“This brings significant economic benefits to both Winnipeg and rural communities, while enriching the cultural tapestry of our city, our province and our country.”
The funding comes from the Canadian Heritage’s Canada Arts Presentation Fund.
The 2015 festival will take place April 6 to 12 while the 2016 edition — also the festival’s 15th anniversary — will be held April 4 to 10.