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Cultural events get Festivals Burnaby grants

Burnaby council has approved awarding the Eurofest BC Society a $25,000 grant for its 16th annual European Festival.

The money, from the Festivals Burnaby grant program, will help put on the festival May 24 to 26 at Swangard Stadium, where it moved last year.

The event will be expanded to multiple days to accommodate a larger audience and increase exposure of the more than 30 European cultures being featured.

The Scandinavian Cultural Society was recently awarded $4,030 from the program for its Nordic Spirit Heritage Festival, which will take place April 12-13.

The funding will assist with the mounting of the event, being held at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre which will be centred around an exhibition of 500 images from 1880 to 1960.

L'Arche Foundation of Greater Vancouver received an $8,000 grant from the program for its 2013 Art of Being Together event being held March 9 at the Nikkei Centre.

The event brings working artists, art judges, musicians, the disabled community and the general public together in celebration of art and community.

The National Congress of Black Women Foundation also received $7,000 from the program for its 2013 Black History Month Celebration Festival which will pay tribute to Harriett Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

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