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Shaw Festival spends $330,000 for new audio equipment
Shaw Festival's executive director Tim Jennings. (Supplied)

Editor's note: In an earlier version of this story, the photo caption mistakenly referred to Tim Jennings as artistic director of the Shaw. He is the executive director.

 

The federal government has given the Shaw Festival $330,000 for upgrades to the Festival Theatre.

The funding is a matching grant paid through Heritage Canada’s Cultural Spaces Fund for the purchase and installation of a new audio equipment for the main 856-seat theatre.

The Shaw raised the other half of the matching funds from its own operations, said Tim Jennings, the festival’s executive director.

The federal money was received in March but the announcement was made late last month by Melanie Joly, the minister of tourism.

The new equipment will be installed in January.

In 2016-17, the Shaw, a non-profit organization, received $2.77 million, which was spent on a variety of operations from renovations and solving accessibility issues to purchasing equipment and new seats for the Royal George Theatre.

With the Shaw Festival being one of the largest tourist destinations in the area, seven per cent of the theatre’s annual operating budget comes from various levels of government, said Jennings.

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