Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage that the Government of Canada is providing $15,000 in funding to the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society (BFMAS) for its 2015 Brandon Folk, Music & Art Festival and its year-round programming series. This funding is provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Maguire said, "Year after year, the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society organizes an impressive festival that features Canadian and international artists and attracts many visitors to the area."
The 31st edition of the Brandon Folk, Music & Art Festival will take place in July 2015. Expected attendance is about 4,000 festival visitors. The festival includes both performances and artist-led workshops by Canadian and international artists.
"The BFMAS is grateful for the ongoing support from Canadian Heritage," said Shandra MacNeill of Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society. "This support enables our organization to bring internationally renowned artists to southwestern Manitoba and helps celebrate and support locally grown art and culture."
In addition to its annual festival, BFMAS offers a year-round programming series. BFMAS is the only specialized presenter of professional folk music in rural Manitoba. Its mandate is to promote local, provincial and Canadian folk art and music to a local audience.
"When we invest in arts and culture, we help enrich the lives of Canadians and support economic growth. The investment announced today will help ensure residents and visitors to southwestern Manitoba have access to top-notch performances," said the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage.