Niagara Falls Irish festival, drum circle, and Rocky Horror screening and drag performance receiving funding from the city

Published April 11, 2023 at 10:58 am

Those who like to check out various food, art and pop culture events in Niagara Falls might be pleased to hear that 12 recipients specializing in everything from art and food to vintage entertainment recently received funding. 

Today (April 11), the City announced which organizations have been selected by the Niagara Falls Culture Committee to receive funding from the Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund. The fund, created in 2016, supports a number of cultural initiatives every year. 

“The City of Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund offers funding to individuals, groups, collectives and organizations for the creation, production, presentation and distribution of culture and cultural services,” said Clark Bernat, City of Niagara Falls Culture & Museums Manager, in a statement. 

“We are happy to be working to support artists, creators and local promoters who provide interesting and unique experiences for the people of Niagara Falls.”

The 2023 recipients include: 

Full Grants

Art Niagara Event

Art Niagara is a new cultural and Canadian arts organization seeking to “amplify culture in Niagara Falls via a multifaceted, community-focused art fair.”

Amount Funded: $9,305

Blank Slate

A short documentary surrounding three stories of individuals facing homelessness, culminating in a fundraiser premiere.

Amount Funded: $7,250


A Caribbean Street festival that’s held on the third Saturday in August. Festival revellers, Caribbean live music and food are showcased in a day-long celebration.

Amount Funded: $9,305

Heartland Beat Drum Circle 

A monthly, inclusive drum circle that invites people of all ages and abilities to participate in a unique musical experience

Amount Funded: $5,000

Niagara Falls Zine Project 

Curating Niagara Falls-themed collaborative photography and art zine with local photographers and artists and hosting a launch party at Camp Cataract in Niagara Falls.    

Amount Funded: $3,410

Niagara Irish Festival 2023

A community-driven celebration of Irish music and culture that will be held in Firemen’s Park.

Amount Funded: $9,305

One Big Day Festival

On Queen Street and Taps Brewhouse, the One Big Day Festival will welcome local performers and artisans.

Amount Funded: $9,305

Rewild These Hands 

Rewild These Hands, by the Harmonic Shadow Circus, is a series of late summer circus performances that fuse aerial/ground acrobatics with live music.

Amount Funded: $4,000

Rocky Horror Picture Show 

The Niagara Falls Art Gallery hopes to present an outdoor film screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show with a drag preshow presentation in collaboration with Pride Niagara drag artists.

Amount Funded: $7,025

The History We Made: Bringing Our Stories Home               

The History We Made is a literary project to preserve local history by interviewing, documenting, and writing memoirs for 2S + LGBTQQIA+ seniors and creating book tours to share these stories with the public.

Amount Funded: $5,209

Micro Grants

Lucky’s Lenses

To uncover and publicly share Niagara’s culture and historical events from the archives of local filmmaker Fortunato “Lucky” Stracuzzi over the past 50 years.

Amount Funded: $1,000

Midnight Radio: A Rock Musical Cabaret   

An evening of live music featuring music from two rock musicals: Lazarus – David Bowie and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Amount Funded: $1,000

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