Department of Canadian Heritage of Canada

05/26/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/26/2023 19:49

Government of Canada invests in Ballet BC’s new Granville Island home

VANCOUVER, May 26, 2023

Today, the Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Centre), announced $660,837 in support for the Pacific Ballet British Columbia Society, commonly known as Ballet BC. She made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, at the grand opening of Ballet BC's new facility.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund investment helped support Ballet BC's project to transform a former performing arts studio on Granville Island. The renovated space unites the organization's studios and administrative functions in one hub, serving both its professional artists and the public under a single roof. For many years, the organization operated in separate offices and locations across downtown Vancouver.

The project includes professional dance studios, a viewing gallery, a green room and event space, a health and wellness room, increased office space and dedicated space for education and outreach. This funding helped Ballet BC double its available studio space, improving the quality and diversity of its dance programming. The support also helped increase accessibility to create new engagement opportunities with audiences and local partners.

The Government of Canada understands that cultural institutions are at the heart of vibrant communities. It is committed to supporting our artists and cultural groups in their efforts to work toward a more inclusive society.