Charlottetown Festival receives $1 million in federal funding

The Guardian
June 24, 2010

Federal cabinet 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 Homburg Theatre.
“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 marketing efforts.”
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 audiences.
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.



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