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Member of Parliament Joan Crockatt announces support for Wordfest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival

CALGARY, Oct. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced multi-year funding for WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival.

"WordFest introduces us to writers from across Canada and beyond whose creativity and talent inspire audiences and celebrate the love of reading," said Mrs. Crockatt. "In addition to bringing writers and readers closer together, this festival contributes to the cultural and economic vitality of Calgary and Banff."

This funding will allow WordFest to deliver its 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 festivals, and develop long-term plans to promote literacy in Southern Alberta and the enjoyment of literary works. The 19th and 20th editions of WordFest will each present more than 60 public events, including readings, discussion groups with authors, and other artistic experiences, such as spoken word and multimedia presentations.

"Our Government is pleased to provide Wordfest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival with funding for its annual festival," said Minister Glover. "Our support will enable WordFest to plan its activities over a longer term, with continued emphasis on developing interest in the literary arts among diverse audiences, including youth, Aboriginal people, and the Francophone community."

"Wordfest is grateful to receive multi-year funding from the Government of Canada as we continue to bring readers and writers together—sharing the power of story—leading into our milestone 20th anniversary year and beyond, said Jo Steffens, Executive Director, WordFest Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival. "This month, Wordfest is delighted to welcome over 70 authors from across Canada and around the world, with award-winning Canadian authors in many sold-out events. Our 2013 festival will also reach an unprecedented 10,000 young readers through our school and bilingual programs, in Calgary, Banff, and the Bow Valley."

WordFest, established in 1996, brings readers of all ages together with local, national and international writers. It features a broad range of events, including readings, workshops and book signings. The festival's community outreach activities throughout the year include an extensive youth engagement program designed to build new audiences for the literary arts.

The Government of Canada has provided $140,000 over two years ($70,000 in 2014-15 and $70,000 in 2015-16) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund 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.

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Marisa Monnin
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
819-997-7788

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Communications
Western Region
Canadian Heritage
604-666-6504

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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