Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said that “Our province’s local festivals are a big part of the great experiences residents and visitors can have in B.C.,”  “We are supporting communities and local tourism by providing important funding that helps make these events successful. They enhance quality of life for British Columbians and help draw visitors to communities throughout the province.”

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture supports dozens of events each year through its Tourism Events Program. Some events funded this summer include:

  • The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, on through Sept. 22 in Vancouver, featuring MacBeth and a modern twist on As You Like It. The Province provided the festival with $30,000 toward promotion.
  • The ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art, Aug. 3 to Aug. 6 in Wells and Barkerville, with promotion supported by $28,000 from the Province.
  • The Vanderhoof International Airshow, Saturday, Aug. 4, featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The Province provided $31,500 to organizers to advertise the event.
  • The Vancouver Mural Festival, billed as the city’s largest annual free public art festival, on from Aug. 6 to Aug. 11. The festival received $20,800 from the Province.
  • The 2018 Ornithological Congress and Birding Festival from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26 in Vancouver. The Province provided $40,000 toward its promotion.
  • Haida Gwaii’s Edge of the World Music Festival, which runs Aug. 10 to Aug. 12. The Province is proud to provide $12,000 to help raise awareness of the festival.
  • The Squamish Wind Festival, which ran July 26 to July 28. The Province provided the event with $12,000.

Provincial government funding through the Tourism Events Program supports events that raise awareness of B.C.’s tourism experiences. It inspires people from around the world to visit the province. These events also generate tourism and economic activities in regions throughout British Columbia.