VANCOUVER, May 25, 2008 - Young people and community members in the Vancouver area will have the opportunity to participate in the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver Ha'Rikud Festival, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.
Edward Fast, Member of Parliament (Abbotsford), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (JCCGV).
Funding of $6,219 will be used to support the fifth annual JCCGV Ha'Rikud Festival, which takes place on May 25 and 26, 2008. The Festival is a celebration of Israeli culture through music and dance and enables young people from all over the Lower Mainland to connect with one another and their heritage. This year, the Festival will present Israeli folkdance from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and feature a diverse group of local artists from many cultural backgrounds.
"The Government of Canada is proud to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Verner. "We are committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage."
"Local festivals like the Ha'Rikud bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities," said Mr. Fast. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."
"The Jewish Community Centre is grateful to Canadian Heritage for its support of the annual Festival Ha'Rikud," said Deborah Tabenkin, Director of Adult and Family Programs at JCCGV. "Festival Ha'Rikud is a heart-warming performance featuring youth dance groups from all walks of life here, in the Lower Mainland, in celebration of Israeli culture through music and dance."
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada this year.
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