Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage Major Funders of World Congress of Arts Producers and Performance; CBC and Radio-Canada to be Host Broadcasters in Association with ARTV

(Banff, Alberta, Canada, June 10, 2003)
The Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage are major funders of the inaugural World Congress of Arts Producers and Performance, which takes place November 5 to 8, 2003 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Host broadcasters of this year's event will be CBC and Radio-Canada in association with ARTV.

Making the announcement today at the Opening Ceremonies of the 24th Banff Television Festival, Pat Ferns, Foundation President and CEO, said "The Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage stepped up to the plate the moment we announced this initiative. The same was true for our host broadcasters - CBC and Radio-Canada, and then ARTV. This has been a terrific response from our national institutions."

"The Canada Council is delighted to support this event, which will allow arts broadcasters from around the world to share their creativity, experience and expertise," said Canada Council Director John Hobday. "Television plays an essential role in giving the public an opportunity to experience the work of our outstanding artists, and we congratulate the Banff Television Foundation on this initiative."

"Arts and performance television productions are a crucial way of sharing the cultural wealth of our nations and fostering understanding of our unique experiences," added Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director of Network Programming, CBC Television. "CBC and our counterparts in Radio-Canada are thrilled to act as host broadcasters of this event, and to assist in this important initiative's success."

The World Congress of Arts Producers and Performance is a four-day forum that provides industry stakeholders from around the world the opportunity to share ideas and discuss key issues and trends in the arts and performance genres of television programming. Plenary sessions, workshops, seminars and social events will be featured.

ARTS & Performance 2003 is an initiative of the Banff Television Foundation, the internationally recognized organizer and presenter of high quality electronic events. Its mission is to inspire innovation, to celebrate excellence, and to facilitate learning and business opportunities for content creators and other stakeholders in television and new media.

For More Information:

Heidi Bobiak
Communications Manager
Banff Television Foundation

Sarah Pearson
Communications Assistant
Banff Television Foundation

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