Minister Diane Finley Announces Support for Port Dover’s Cultural Community

Port Dover, Ontario, November 8, 2013 – The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Member of Parliament (Haldimand–Norfolk), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for the Lighthouse Festival Theatre Corporation.

“The Lighthouse Festival Theatre is a dynamic player in the cultural life of Port Dover,” said Minister Finley. “The investment announced today will help make the theatre more accessible and efficient for all community partners and patrons, and allow them to continue enjoying year-round professional artistic experiences.”

With this funding, new specialized lighting and audio equipment will be purchased for the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, and upgrades will be made to the environmental control systems. The Theatre’s improved technical capacity will reduce operating costs through energy savings and reduced maintenance costs.

“Our Government is proud to invest in vibrant cultural institutions that make a wide range of cultural experiences available to Canadians,” said Minister Finley. “Investments like this one support the economy and enrich the quality of life of Canadians.”

“Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and performers all extend their gratitude toward the Government of Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage,” said Joan Shirlow, Board Chair, Lighthouse Festival Theatre. “This financial support will help Lighthouse continue to play a significant role in its community, and ensure that the performing arts remain a strong contributor to southern Ontario’s rich cultural fabric.”

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $80,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.