LIVERPOOL, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - June 13, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage
Liverpool will set the date back to 1780 to celebrate the colourful privateer heritage and maritime history distinct to this region of Nova Scotia.
The Privateer Days Commission will receive funding of $37,900 for Privateer Days 2014 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.
Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
The Privateer Days Commission promotes the culture and history of Liverpool, which was one of British North America's leading privateer ports. The 29th edition of the Privateer Days Festival will take place in Liverpool from June 20 to 24. Activities for the 2014 edition include a live encampment, battle re-enactments by the King's Orange Rangers, tours of the Old Burial Ground, an artisan workshop, a privateer play, and music and dance performances featuring local artists.
Privateer Days 2014 will take place over four days with an expected attendance of 38,000.
The event will feature 457 local artists and heritage performers.
Privateer Days 2014 will involve 500 volunteers who will dedicate 22,000 hours to help with all stages of the festival.
The Privateer Days Commission has received funding for the Privateer Days Festival every year since 2008-2009. The group has also received funding through the Celebrate Canada Program since 1993-1994.
"Our communities' history and heritage are what enriches our lives as Canadians. Privateer Days is anchored in the hearts of Liverpool's residents who are proud to showcase their region to the rest of the world."
- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"I am pleased that our Government is partnering with such a colourful event. This contribution to the Privateer Days Commission helps boost the local economy and promote local talent."
- Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's)
"As a historical community festival, Privateer Days strives hard to bring experiences to the forefront. Music, history, excitement, and fun are all intertwined throughout our community during this signature festival. Our support and funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage validates that we are achieving our goal to bring thousands of visitors from near and far to our town."