A conceptual drawing of the Musical Village, an upcoming redesign of the Centre Expo-Festival in Abram-Village.
ABRAM-VILLAGE - Provincial funding for a new music and interpretation centre in Abram-Village will strength tourism in the region while showcasing Prince Edward Island’s rich Acadian culture, says government officials say.
“(The project) will see long-term community benefits including job creation, increased tourism and economic spinoff for local businesses,” said Innovation Minister Allan Roach. “This project will also provide a 26-week work experience in the construction field to seven Islanders.”
The Expo-Festival Centre will be expanded to include a new music and interpretation centre. The centre will showcase the region’s culture and history by featuring musical, visual arts and storytelling performances along with local food and crafts.
Expanded meeting and conference services will also be available as a result of the
Provincial taxpayers are investing $350,000 in the project which includes both exterior and interior renovations to the existing Expo-Festival Centre site. The total cost of the project is $1.4 million. Skills PEI is contributing $200,000 through the Canada-PEI Labour Market Agreement, and the Island Community Fund is contributing $150,000 to the project.
The Expo-Festival Centre was built in 1998 as the community’s cultural centre. It houses a restaurant and bakery, and hosts dinner theatre and other tourism and community activities.