A Winnipeg Tradition since 1970
As Folklorama prepares to launch its 45th annual Festival from August 3 to 16, organizers are proud to note that Folklorama is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world.
“The International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts gave Folklorama this special designation in 2010 and we are so proud to be the premiere multicultural festival – not just in Canada – but around the world,” says Folklorama Board President Amelia Sheocharan. “It’s an honour we are proud to uphold through our mission of celebrating diversity and promoting cultural understanding.”
To acknowledge Folklorama’s impact on the Province, the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, delivered an official proclamation today, declaring August 3 to August 16 to be Folklorama weeks in Manitoba.
The 2014 Festival will feature 43 pavilions celebrating the incredible cultural diversity that exists in Manitoba. This year, Folklorama is encouraging festival-goers to consider: “How will you Folklorama?”
“Folklorama is a Winnipeg tradition,” says Executive Director Debra Zoerb. “And everyone has their own unique way of enjoying their Folklorama experience.”
There are several ways to take in the cultural fun. Children 12 and under are free, and single admission is only $6 at pavilion doors. Another affordable option is the Vickar Automotive Group Fun Pack (12 tickets for the price of 9) and the Folklorama Mini Fun Pack (5 tickets for $25). There are also a variety of VIP Tour options, including: Late Night Tours, Party Tours, Cycle Tours, Accessibility Tours and, new this year, Walking Tours.
To ignite the Folklorama spirit, all are welcome to attend the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Folklorama Kick-Off at The Forks on Saturday, July 26. The free event will feature family fun and entertainment with the MTS Marketplace beginning at 4 pm on the Scotia Bank Stage grounds. A special Folklorama concert starts at 7 pm with the amazing Parade of Ambassadors followed by an evening of cultural entertainment. A presentation from Archangel Fireworks will cap off the evening at 10:45 pm.
Folklorama typically attracts over 400,000 pavilion visits each year. Follow Folklorama on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #Folklorama45
Folklorama began in 1970 as a one-time celebration of Manitoba’s centennial but has since grown to be the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world. Developing out of the success of the Festival, the organization offers three year-round programs: Talent, Teachings and Travel. All of the programs bring to life Folklorama’s mission of celebrating diversity and promoting cultural understanding. To find out more, visit www.folklorama.ca.