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$11.8 millions for the revival of the circus arts in Quebec! 

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$11.8 millions for the revival of the circus arts in Quebec!
Fleuve, Machine de Cirque © Loup-William Théberge
April 22, 2021

Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications (MCC), Nathalie Roy, announced an investment of $11.8 million to support the circus arts sector in Quebec. This support comes from the additional $147 million injected into the Economic Recovery Plan for the cultural sector, as announced during the unveiling of the 2021-2022 provincial budget on March 25. Such relief and hope for the community!

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Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications (MCC), Nathalie Roy, announced an investment of $11.8 million to support the circus arts sector in Quebec. This support comes from the additional $147 million injected into the Economic Recovery Plan for the cultural sector, as announced during the unveiling of the 2021-2022 provincial budget on March 25. Such relief and hope for the community!

"The Quebec circus community has given this art form a distinctive character that embodies Quebec's identity on stages and in big tops around the world and makes us proud. In these trying times, which are paralyzing the touring activities of circus professionals in Quebec and abroad, the Quebec government is lending them a hand." said Nathalie Roy

The funding, which was allocated to the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ), will allow the circus sector to continue training, resume activities on international markets and circulate projects throughout Quebec, while providing increased support for research and creation.

In June 2020, Minister Roy announced $10 million in support for the community hard hit by the pandemic. This gesture marked a historic moment as it was the first time that the distinct issues of this art form were recognized and that a financial envelope was dedicated to it. “This support will allow artists, artisans and organizations in our milieu to stay in motion and keep their balance," said our President, Marie-Claude Bouillon, who was alongside the Minister and president and CEO of CALQ, Anne-Marie Jean, for the announcement.

Today's announcement once again highlights the importance of investing in the development of the circus arts in Quebec in a sustainable manner in order to preserve its strength, vitality, capacity for innovation and global leadership.

We especially want to thank the government of Quebec, the MCC and the CALQ for their attentiveness and their recognition of the circus arts community during this difficult period.

 

Read the MCC press release (in French)

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