News (Edmonton): Citadel Theatre receives Federal support for digital projection upgrade to Shoctor Theatre

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News (Edmonton): Citadel Theatre receives Federal support for digital projection upgrade to Shoctor Theatre

Citadel_logoThe Department of Canadian Heritage has announced $150,000 in funding to the Citadel Theatre, earmarked for a new multi-media projection system in the Shoctor Theatre as well as support for the Citadel’s Beyond the Stage Series.

Just under $124,000 is being provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the projection system. Another $25,000 from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund is dedicated to supporting the Citadel’s major audience development initiative, Beyond the Stage.

“Over the years the Citadel has been encouraged and supported through various Canadian Heritage programs,” said Citadel Executive Director Penny Ritco. “We are absolutely thrilled to be the recipients of these grants. The Cultural Spaces Fund is allowing us unique projection capabilities to be used for the first time on a world premiere of a Citadel original, Make Mine Love, May 10 – June 1, 2014. The Canada Arts Presentation grant is helping us bring Canadian artists to the Citadel as well as develop new audiences through our Beyond the Stage presentation series.”

The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), announced the support today on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

“Edmonton is home to a flourishing arts sector, and by supporting institutions like the Citadel Theatre, we are ensuring our community can continue to enjoy live performances,” said Hawn. “The Citadel has been engaging audiences of all ages for nearly five decades, and we are pleased to contribute to its future success.”

Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover also commented: “Theatres provide an opportunity to connect with people and communities across the country through music, dance and theatrical performances. The Citadel Theatre plays an important role in supporting a network of artists while promoting and strengthening arts and culture in Edmonton.”