Feds announce more than $225,000 in funding for six Sherbrooke festivals

Feds announce more than $225,000 in funding for six Sherbrooke festivals
Raïs Kibonge, Deputy Mayor of Sherbrooke, Élisabeth Brière, MP for Sherbrooke, and Cindy Trottier, Executive Director of the Fête du Lac des Nations (Photo : William Crooks)

By William Crooks

Local Journalism Initiative

Élisabeth Brière, Sherbrooke MP, announced an investment of $227,300 June 25 to support six festivals in Sherbrooke. This funding is part of the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, which aims to provide Canadians with opportunities to participate in activities that highlight local arts, culture, history, and heritage.

The six festivals receiving this funding include the Corporation du printemps musical de Sherbrooke for the Festival des harmonies et orchestres symphonique du Québec, the Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke, the Festival des rythmes d’Afrique de Sherbrooke, the Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke, the Fête du Lac des Nations, and the Festival de Danse Contemporaine de Sherbrooke. The amounts granted to these organizations range from $17,100 to $57,600, according to a June 25 release.

This program’s Local Festivals component offers financial assistance to local groups that organize recurring festivals showcasing works by local artists and artisans, heritage interpreters, local specialists, and cultural transmitters from the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. This funding aims to strengthen the local economy, support the development of artists and communities, and promote cultural diversity.

Sherbrooke’s rich cultural environment is evident through these six summer festivals, which make the city a prime destination for festival-goers from across Quebec. The federal government’s financial support is crucial for the sustainability of these events, ensuring they continue to create extraordinary moments for residents and visitors alike. The festivals contribute significantly to the local economy and celebrate the diverse cultural heritage of the region.

The Fête du Lac des Nations, for instance, has been a key event in Sherbrooke for 43 years, reinvesting every dollar into the community to enhance the festival experience. The support from financial partners is essential for maintaining the quality and sustainability of such events. The festival season not only brings people together and provides entertainment but also introduces different cultures and fosters a unique atmosphere in the city.

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program offers opportunities for Canadians to engage with local arts and cultural activities, while the Local Festivals component specifically supports recurring festivals that highlight local talents and cultural heritage. This federal funding ensures that Sherbrooke’s festivals can continue to offer exceptional experiences and stimulate the local economy.

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