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Handful of Manitoba Festivals Get Financial Boost

July 6, 2010 6:19 AM | Entertainment

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba festivals received a huge financial boost Monday, after the provincial government pledged nearly $1 million to assist 14 different festivals.

Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino announced more than $837,000 for festivals taking place around Manitoba this summer, including Winnipeg’s most popular festival, Folklorama.

“Festivals, events and attractions provide an economic boost to communities across Manitoba and memorable experiences for people visiting our great province,” said Marcelino.

Family fun days, powwows, cultural festivals, country fairs, rodeos and western weekends were all on the lucky list for additional funding.

More than $655,000 is being provided to support numerous major arts and cultural festivals across the province.

Recipients include the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Dauphin Countryfest, Winnipeg International Folk Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival.

Smaller festivals taking place in regions throughout the province are also receiving support. A total of $177,000 is being provided to support 43 regional festivals including 14 festivals in the Eastman region, six festivals in the Central region, eight festivals in the Westman region, 11 festivals in the Interlake region, and four festivals in the NorMan region.

Image credit: Brian Goldschmied/Winnipeg Folk Festival