Four Northumberland festivals are receiving a financial boost from the province, says the local MPP.
Northumberland â Peterborough South MPP David Piccini recently announced more than $ 143,500 in provincial funding for festivals in the region as part of Ontario’s $ 50 million investment to support more of 400 festivals and events across the province. These funds come from the Reconnect Festival and Event and Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster programs.
âFor more than a year, the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on tourism and culture – two major industries that bring people and our communities together,â Piccini said, noting that these recent investments will help Northumberland with opportunities to ensure residents can experience what’s on offer right here in their own backyards.
âThese organizations are finding new ways to safely engage and reconnect residents with their community and support local economic and social recovery.â
Among those receiving a financial boost is Dare to Share: Arts in Wide Open Spaces from the Westben Arts Festival Theater, with funding of $ 70,000.
âExcitedâ by the funding, Donna Bennett, co-founder and marketing director of the Westben Center for Connection and Creativity through Music, explained that Arts in Wide Open Spaces events explore ânew ways to safely share our beautiful corner of the world. Rural Ontario with a larger audience.
“With music at the heart of the events, the events include a series of digital and live music experiences created with a sense of place, inspired by local art, agriculture, food and nature.” , Bennett said. âIn addition to developing audiences and employing artists, presenters and production staff, the event fosters a positive economic impact and awareness of the local and regional community while promoting Ontario.
The Port Hope Candlelight Festival is receiving $ 13,500 to help with a modified festival experience.
âAfter more than a year and a half after the start of this global pandemic, we are happy to encourage our residents to reconnect through shared experiences in our community this holiday season,â said the Mayor of Port Hope , Bob Sanderson, while thanking the province.
The investment of $ 41,580 for the Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club’s diversity festival will also be of great help, noted club president Mario Pareja. This funding will allow the club to partner with Northumberland in the production of its festival, which is expected to help local artists while showcasing diversity and providing diversity education in the county, Pareja explained.
Finally, an additional 18,500 USD is devoted to the âCultivate’s Hibernate Festivalâ.
âIt has been a difficult few years for Cultivate and the arts community as a whole,â said Jeff Bray, co-founder and director of the Cultivate Festival. âFor two whole years, we didn’t put on a single performance. We are two years behind schedule.
This funding opens doors for festival organizers by giving them the opportunity to create a new product and forge local partnerships – and ultimately get back to engaging the community in celebrating and exploring arts and culture, Bray added. .
âThe Hibernate Festival series will take place over four months at the Capitol Theater, bringing all of our favorite elements from our award-winning festival indoors for winter. We’ve been dreaming about it for years, and it’s possible (now) with funding from Reconnect Ontario.
These are one-time increases in provincial funding. These investments translate into more than double the annual funding provided to the sector in the past, Piccini noted.
This is to ensure the long-term success of the festival and event sector and to help municipalities and organizations deliver innovative and safe experiences, while adapting to ongoing public health measures due to COVID-19, it was explained.