Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
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The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, known as ArtsNL, is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. ArtsNL receives an annual grant from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports these artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

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Mail: P.O. Box 98, St. John's, NL, A1C 5H5
Office Location: The Newman Building
1 Springdale Street, St. John's, NL

Tel: (709) 726-2212     Fax: (709) 726-0619
Toll Free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

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St. John's Tombolo Multicultural Festival

Location: St. John's, NL

The Tombolo Multicultural Festival of Newfoundland and Labrador was first established in 2009, getting started as a multicultural community event in Ferryland. The festival and organization’s name “tombolo” is an Italian word that refers to a sand bar or sediment that connects one island to another landmass. Festival organizers felt the name was a perfect metaphor for what they wanted their event to stand for – bringing people, communities, and cultures together. The main festival that started it all has been held in St. John’s each July since 2013, and always encompasses music, dance, arts and crafts, alongside a smorgasbord of world foods. The organization has also expanded in recent years and now includes the Conception Bay Multicultural event series, and a few Canada 150 events for this year in particular.

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