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The performing arts are vital to the well-being of rural communities. That is why a collaborative of Haliburton Highlands groups has come together to host a four day symposium on how to spark the growth of theatre, music, dance and media arts outside the urban areas. Called SPARC (Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Canada), the event is the first of its kind in the country and is already attracting attention from across Canada and beyond. SPARC is sponsored by the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, Conjurors of County Town, Highlands Summer Festival, Dusk Dances Haliburton, Forest Festival, Haliburton County Folk Society, Sticks and Stones Productions (formerly Highlands Media Arts) and Those Other Movies – and the host facility – Haliburton School of the Arts-Fleming College Campus.

Financial support to date includes the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund and Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. SPARC: Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural Communities will be held at The Haliburton School of the Arts – Fleming College Campus April 24-27, 2014.

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