Five London festivals are among 200 across the province to receive government funding.
On Monday, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau announced the 2016 Celebrate Ontario recipients. A total of $15.3-million is being set aside to help support festivals and events in the province which boost local tourism and create jobs.
Among the 200 recipients are the following local festivals and events:
- $76,444 for Afrikalia: African Heart Beats 2016
- $19,600 for Rock the Park
- $153,500 to be shared among London, Ottawa, and Toronto for the Professional Bull Riding Ontario Series
- $300,000 for Country Music Week/Canadian Country Music Awards
- $25,700 for The Beatles Festival
Minister Coteau says the investment will help organizers enhance programs, activities and services and that every dollar of Celebrate Ontario funding results in $18 in visitor spending.