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The Stratford Festival. Some rather startling parallels with another major artistic accomplishment--The Report on the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences--the Massey Report. Some recommendations of that report. Some achievements of the Stratford Festival. Funding and support for the Festival. Reasons for the success of the Festival. The speaker's belief that Canada is on an even greater threshold of artistic development. A major difference between this renaissance and others that have taken place. The attitude of many people connected with the arts. Being practical as well as exciting. Advantages and benefits of the arts, from an individual and a National point of view. The Festival company at Edinburgh. Selling Canadian arts. The future. Opportunities due to a lack of tradition in Canada. Increasing the French-Canadian participation in Stratford. Keeping up the momentum of this birth of the arts in Canada. Three short comments from major publications which the speaker feels sum up the importance placed upon the Festival outside of Canada.