Indoor festivals receive checks for up to $200,000 from the province | infonews


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November 12, 2022 – 09:15

Some of the Southern Interior’s most popular festivals – as well as many smaller events – receive significant support from provincial funding.

The Tourism Events Program, a provincial program, reduces checks by up to $250,000 each year.

However, the largest sums of money awarded for 2023 was $200,000. Events that received so much money were Bass Coast and Rockin’ River Fest – both in Merritt, Revelstoke’ 2023 Natural Selection Tour and Shambhala in the West Kootenays.

In Kamloops, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts will receive $75,000, the 2023 BC Special Olympics Winter Games will receive $40,000 and there is $75,000 for the 2023 Memorial Cup.

For Kelowna, $35,000 will go to the Island Time Music Series, $15,800 to the Gonzo Okanagan Music Industry Golf Tournament and Festival, and $55,200 to Denim on the Diamond.

The Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Society of West Kelowna will receive $10,000.

In Penticton, Ignite the Arts Festival and the Scottish Festival Society are both receiving a $10,000 boost.

Vernon Winter Carnival receives $15,000.

Expedition Canada – which takes place in West Kelowna, Lake Country, Silver Star and Penticton – will benefit from the $10,220 grant.

Big White Mountain Resort secures funding for three events – $65,600 for AltiTunes Music Fest, $11,664 for the 2023 Para Snowboard World Cup and $15,150 for Freeride Days.

At Silver Star Mountain Resort, Share the Magic of Silver Star will receive $10,225 and Bike Fest will receive $17,500.

Across the province, a total of Funding of $4,808,467 has been approved.

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