City to announce major new partnership for Burlington International Waterfront Festival

BURLINGTON - The City of Burlington will announce a major new partnership supporting the City's preparations for the 2009 Burlington International Waterfront Festival at a press conference on Tuesday, February 3 at 1 pm. Festival producer and Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven will join Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss, Vermont Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing Bruce Hyde, and Burlington City Arts Director Doreen Kraft to make the announcement. The press conference will be held at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, 2nd floor, Church Street in Burlington.

The Burlington International Waterfront Festival, part of the statewide Quadricentennial celebration, marks the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain's arrival in Vermont. The Burlington Festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors to Vermont and Burlington, principally from July 2 through July 14, when several activities, musical and dance performances, visual art, and Native American film, art, and lecture series are planned. Burlington will serve as the central location in Vermont for Champlain 400 and will host the celebration's signature event on July 11. The Champlain 400 has been listed in national trade and tourist magazines as one of the top events for 2009. Burlington has worked closely with the State of Vermont in planning the event.

Burlington's celebration will draw from a rich variety of entertainment and themes and will be international in scope, while also involving towns from all over Vermont. The press conference will also feature an update on newly scheduled acts and significant dignitaries planning to attend the Festival.

The 2009 Burlington International Waterfront Festival is an important part of Burlington City Arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.COM

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