Tuesday, 23 December 2014 12:32

Federal government announces support for Esplanade

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The City of Medicine Hat will receive multi-year funding of $90,000 ($45,000 in 2015–2016 and $45,000 in 2016–2017) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund for the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.

LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, announced this support on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
This funding will enable the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre to present its annual series that connects Medicine Hat’s residents and visitors with performances from a variety of artistic disciplines, including music, dance and theatre.
“The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is a mainstay in Medicine Hat, providing our city and the surrounding rural communities with top-notch, world-class performances. I am excited to see the Esplanade continue to deliver its outstanding performances over the next two seasons and look forward to what it has in store for us,” said Payne, in a statement.
“The Canadian Heritage Arts Presentation Grant allows us to present Canadian artists from every province and genre.  Canadian Heritage has been a strong supporter of the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre and we look forward to another two years of working together in presenting new Canadian talent.” added Paul Heywood, Director of Theatre Operations, Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.
Quick Facts
• The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is a multi-disciplinary presenter based in Medicine Hat. It was built in 2005 as one of Alberta’s Centennial Legacy projects.
• In both of the 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 seasons, from April to March, the Esplanade will present approximately 45 performances with an expected annual attendance of 38,000.

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