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VANCOUVER, – September 21, 2009 – The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today highlighted the Government of Canada’s financial support for the Cultural Olympiad, the cultural component of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.The Cultural Olympiad presents a wide range of arts activities. Inspired by culture’s role as the second pillar of the Olympic Movement, it is a true celebration of the contemporary imagination, which features music, dance, theatre, visual and digital arts, film, literature, and spectacular outdoor events.
“Like athletes, artists are an incredible source of inspiration,” said Minister Moore. “They bring us together, help us see the world from a different perspective, and project a dynamic image of Canada. Our Government is proud to support the Cultural Olympiad. This is the chance we’ve been waiting for: to showcase the best of our country’s artistic talent to Canada and the world.”
The Government of Canada has provided $1 million for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad, which runs from January 22 to March 21, 2010; $1 million for the 2009 Cultural Olympiad, which was held from February 1 to March 21 this year; and $250,000 for the 2008 Cultural Olympiad, which took place from February 1 to March 21, 2008. The Government of Canada provided the funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (formerly Arts Presentation Canada program) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
The Minister also took the opportunity to announce $400,000 in funding to Canada CODE, an initiative of the Cultural Olympiad’s Digital Edition (CODE). A first for Canada and the Olympics, Canada CODE lets the public take part online in a joint creative project by uploading photos and stories that tell about their daily lives as Canadians. Canada CODE will provide additional opportunities to get into the Olympic spirit during the Olympic Torch Relay. Canadian Heritage has provided this funding through the Celebration and Commemoration Program.
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