By Lawrence Powell
King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal will have a few extra dollars to spend on live performances over the next two years, thanks to a grant from the federal government announced last Friday.
An investment by the Government of Canada to the Kings Theatre Society will help stimulate Arts and Culture in the Annapolis Valley through their “Live Presents” series. West Nova MP Greg Kerr announced the $21,000 in funds January 4 on behalf of James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Thanks to this funding, the Kings Theatre Society will be able to carry out its “Live Presents” series, an eclectic program that includes 45 to 50 concerts, dance, theatre, and comedy performances featuring professional performers from various Canadian provinces and abroad.
“This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017,” said Moore in a media release. “Our Government is proud to invest in organzations like the King’s Theatre Society that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous, and free country we are today.”
“It’s great to see our government continue to support the arts here Annapolis Royal,” said Kerr. “I have had the pleasure to make other announcements here at King’s Theatre and I know they continue to do great work keeping arts and culture vibrant throughout the community.”
King’s Theatre manager Geoff Keymer thanked Kerr for the federal contribution and explained that the money would help the theatre present shows and support artists. Also on hand for the announcement was King’s Theatre Society chair Wayne Currie and a handful of society members and theatre supporters.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $21,000 over two years through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
This fund 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.