NDP MLAs say funding will support events across Langley

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LANGLEY– New Democrat MLAs Megan Dykeman and Andrew Mercier are announcing recipients of provincial funding to help make sure local fairs, festivals and other events continue throughout 2023 and 2024.

“Whether it’s an event at Thunderbird Show Park, the Odlum Brown Music Festival or an event for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, there will be plenty of opportunities this year to gather with visitors and community members. Putting on events is extremely hard work, and grants like this from our government help make sure that the people who work and volunteer to make some of our favourite gatherings possible are able to continue to do so. I’m especially excited to celebrate the Township of Langley turning 150 later this year!” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley-East.

In Langley and Aldergrove, 39 events are receiving over $1.25 million, including $250,000 for the BC Open at Thunderbird Show Park, and $92,600 for the 2023 Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival.

This investment into local events is part of the $30 million in one-time grants the province pledged for Fairs, Festivals, and Events to continue the recovery of a vibrant and strong tourism industry and support our innovative arts industry in B.C.

“This funding for fairs, festivals and events is supporting over 35 local events in Langley this year! The Langley City Film festival, Summer Shakespeare Festival, and Ribfest 2023 are among some of the amazing community gatherings that will benefit from these funds, bringing people together from near and far right here in Langley,” said Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley

This builds upon the success of the BC Fairs, Festivals and Events Program funding in 2021, which provided one-time grants for events to safely return after facing the covid-19 pandemic. These grants for 2023 will support a range of events in locations all over B.C., and associated event costs.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28246