Festival receives $1 million in federal funding
June 24, 2010
minister Gail Shea poses with Confederation Centre
CEO David MacKenzie, left, and APM president Tim
Banks after announcing $1 million in funding for the
Charlottetown Festival Wednesday. In the rear of the
photo are cast members of Buddy: The Buddy Holly
Story. Guardian photo
The federal government Wednesday
announced $1 million in funding for the Charlottetown Festival as part
of Ottawa’s Marquee Tourism Events Program.
Gail Shea, the federal cabinet minister responsible for P.E.I., made the
announcement during a news conference staged at Confederation Centre’s
“This investment greatly benefits our province and the many businesses
that provide services to our visitors,” said Shea, who was acting for
federal Industry Minister Tony Clement.
“Through MTEP the Charlottetown Festival will continue to showcase
P.E.I. as a destination for those who enjoy live theatre, live music,
culture and the arts. This funding will enable the Charlottetown
Festival to extend their program offerings, bring in high-profile
entertainers, like the very successful Riverdance and increase their
David MacKenzie, CEO of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, was
understandably thrilled with the announcement.
“Funding provided through the Marquee Tourism Events Program allows us
to bring world-class productions to our audiences.” MacKenzie said.
The centre CEO said it also allows them to increase expenditures for
technical requirements, lighting, set design and costumes and to invest
in marketing initiatives to promote the festival season and attract new
MacKenzie said the centre has been making major efforts off-Island to
promote what he believes is one of the best festival lineups ever with
three major productions in the Homburg Theatre, Buddy: The Buddy Holly
Story, Anne of Green Gables and Hairspray.
The centre anticipates many regional, national and international
visitors and a significant economic impact, MacKenzie indicated.