ANTIGONISH, N.S. – As part of its ongoing efforts to invest more money into Canadian communities through small and large-scale infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada has announced that it’s investing $157,048, from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Department of Canadian Heritage, into the Festival Antigonish in northeastern Nova Scotia. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, made the announcement this week.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in state-of-the-art facilities for Bauer Theatre and Festival Antigonish,” said Minister MacKay. “The commitment is another demonstration of our government’s unparalleled investment in Canada’s arts and culture sector of more than $2.3 billion a year.” Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, more than half-a-billion dollars in stimulus funds are being put into in the arts and culture sector.
New upgrades to the theatre, and investment into the festival itself, will enhance the experience for visitors, hopefully cementing Antigonish’s status as a must-see destination for those travelling to the East Coast. Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre is the longest-running professional summer repertory theatre in Nova Scotia, and the festival attracts thousands each year, providing a huge boost to area restaurants and hotels.