Vancouver was named one of three 2011 Cultural Capitals of Canada at a press conference in November 2010 where Mayor Gregor Robertson accepted the honour and thanked Canadian Heritage Minister for providing the city with $1.75 million to help celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary.
The designation is awarded for merit, on the basis of a candidate community’s achievements that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the arts and culture.
“It is a great honour to be recognized for our vibrant, diverse and active arts and cultural community,” Mayor Robertson said. “This past year, we hosted the biggest arts and culture event in Canadian history with the Cultural Olympiad, and with our 125th anniversary in 2011, we’re looking forward to even more events.
“The arts play a major role in Vancouver’s livability and economic well-being, and it’s great that our City’s artists are getting the recognition they deserve.”
Vancouver was named the 2011 Cultural Capital for cities with populations over 125,000. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Levis, Quebec were the two other communities named 2011 Cultural Capitals by the federal government.
“Vancouver is renowned for its cosmopolitan charm, its vibrant cultural scene, and its wide range of activities,” said Minister Moore. “Our Government is pleased to confer on Vancouver, for the second time in that city’s history, the prestigious title of Cultural Capital of Canada. This honour is well deserved and a fitting celebration of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary.”
Mayor Robertson said the federal funding that accompanied the announcement will support events and celebrations being developed for the City’s 125th anniversary in 2011.
“With this support, we will be able to implement a wide range of cultural events to celebrate the anniversary of the City’s incorporation on April 6, 1886,” Mayor Robertson added. “The federal funding and our 125th anniversary will help us strengthen cultural and community partnerships as we all make plans to celebrate this historic milestone.”
The celebrations will begin in January and continue throughout 2011.