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The official launch of the 25th season of the Shaw Festival on May 28, 1986. The establishment of the Shaw Festival Theatre Foundation in 1963, after tremendous success of the productions in 1962. A description and brief history of the Festival. Current activities of the Festival. Encouraging and promoting new material. Toronto Project activities. The desire to establish a presence in Toronto, and why. A discussion of money and the arts. Some figures and statistics of the Shaw Festival. Looking for funding in different areas; government grants and the private sector. Some positive announcements and some unusual events for 1986, including a search for literary treasures--letters, manuscripts, books and other Shaw material, now in the hands of Canadians. Kudos by the speaker for his successor, John Clappison, and the board and staff of the Shaw Festival.