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B.C. puts $1.98M towards events and festivals in local communities

People in communities around the province are looking forward to welcoming even more visitors to their local events and festivals in the year ahead, with marketing support from the Province.

The funding will help promote two dozen events from Vancouver's Just for Laughs and Prince George's Coldsnap music festival to ski, snowboarding, lacrosse and taekwondo championships around B.C.

<who>Photo Credit: Clover Valley Beer Festival

"British Columbians have created events and festivals which deliver world-class entertainment for visitors and locals alike," said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. "Our government is supporting communities and local tourism by providing important funding that will help make these events even more successful. This funding will help attract even more people to enjoy the great experiences our province offers."

This year, the Province has awarded more than $1.98 million to 35 events and festivals. This includes funding for the 24 new events and festivals announced on Sept. 9, 2018.

<who>Photo Credit: Big White</who>Big White Slopestyle Invitational

The funding is provided through the provincial government's Tourism Events Program. This program provides marketing support in order to draw visitors from outside of the province to B.C.'s tourism experiences. These events generate tourism and economic impact throughout British Columbia and inspire people from around the world to visit B.C.

Applications for Tourism Events Program funding are accepted twice yearly. The application window is currently open through Oct. 31, 2018, for events taking place between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020.

The 24 latest applicants awarded funding, listed by community, are:

Big White
2019 Big White Invitational Slope Style
July 11-14, 2019
Funding: $31,500

Cloverdale:
Clover Valley Beer Festival
Aug. 10, 2019
Funding: $10,000

Comox:
Filberg Festival
Aug. 2-5, 2019
Funding: $24,500

Coquitlam:
CanWest Games
July 26-28, 2019
Funding: $10,000

Golden:
Freeride World Tour Kicking Horse 2019
Feb. 2-8, 2019
Funding: $100,000

Langley:
Thunderbird Show Park: Nations Cup Tournament/World Cup Tournament
May 22-June 3/Aug. 14-26, 2019
Funding: $200,000

Langley:
2019 West Coast Parkour Championships
June 1-2, 2019
Funding: $10,000

Langley:
FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship
Sept. 19-28, 2019
Funding: $21,000

Lower Mainland (Chilliwack, North Vancouver, Pemberton, Whistler):
BC Enduro
Sept. 21-27, 2019
Funding: $11,200

Prince George:
Coldsnap
Jan. 25-Feb. 2, 2019
Funding: $12,000

Richmond:
2019 Canada Open Taekwondo Championships
Sept. 12-15, 2019
Funding: $10,500

Summerland:
Ryga Festival
Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2019
Funding: $10,000

Vancouver:
PuSh Festival 2019
Jan. 15-Feb. 3, 2019
Funding: $50,000

Vancouver, Richmond:
Lunar New Year Festival
Jan. 31-Feb. 19, 2019
Funding: $10,000

Vancouver:
JFL (Just For Laughs) NorthWest
Feb. 14-24, 2019
Funding: $200,000

Vancouver:
BMO Vancouver Marathon
May 5, 2019
Funding: $175,000

Vancouver:
Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival
June 21-23, 2019
Funding: $80,000

Vancouver:
Vancouver International Film Festival
Sept. 26-Oct. 11, 2019
Funding: $100,000

Victoria:
World Accordion and Tango Festival/68th World Accordion Championships
Nov. 10-18, 2018
Funding: $10,000

Whistler:
Viessmann Luge World Cup
Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2018
Funding: $17,500

Whistler:
BMW IBSF Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships
Feb. 25-March 10, 2019
Funding: $50,000

Whistler:
World Ski & Snowboard Festival
April 9-14, 2019
Funding: $175,000

Whistler:
Tough Mudder Whistler 2019
June 15-16, 2019
Funding: $60,000

Whistler:
2019 RBC GranFondo Whistler
Sept. 7, 2019
Funding: $122,500



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