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Taste of Chile: Colourful Folklorama Pavilion Excites

Taste of Chile: Colourful Folklorama Pavilion Excites

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

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Folklorama’s Chilean Pavilion is on now until August 19 at Notre Dame Recreational Centre, 271 ave de la Cathedrale. (DIANA CHABAI PHOTO)

As soon as I walked into Folklorama‘s Chilean Pavilion, I suddenly realized I knew nothing about Chile. I knew it’s in South America, but that’s about it.

Thankfully, the first thing you see when you walk in is the cultural display, where you can learn about the country before watching the show. For example, I learned that Easter Island is in Chile — and you can take a selfie with the famed Easter Island Heads. The display has tables for each region with artifacts covering every square inch of the table, giving some history and a glimpse into life in the most southern South American country (which also means it’s the closest to Antarctica — something else I realized while there).

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The Party Never Stops at Folklorama’s Scottish Pavilion

The Party Never Stops at Folklorama’s Scottish Pavilion

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

Folklorama Scotland Pavilion
Folklorama’s Scotland Pavilion is on now until August 19 at Glenwood Community Centre, 27 Overton Street. (HANDOUT)

Walking to the Glenwood Community Centre, I could hear the bagpipes already. From two blocks away. The Scottish are loud and proud.

I went to Folklorama‘s United Kingdom pavilion last week, and I was curious to see how the Pavilion of Scotland would be different. More bagpipes? More meat? More plaid? Yes to all of the above.

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Nordic Heritage Shines at Folklorama’s Scandinavian Pavilion

Nordic Heritage Shines at Folklorama’s Scandinavian Pavilion

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

Folklorama Scandinavian Pavilion
Folklorama’s Scandinavian Pavilion is on now until August 19 at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin Street. (BREAK 4TH PHOTOGRAPHY / FOLKLORAMA)

WINNIPEG — One of my oldest and dearest friends is Icelandic, and everyone who knows her knows that. Throughout the years, she’s made us (and made us try) vinaterta, taught us about the many Icelandic versions of Santa (one of whom will leave a potato in your shoe if you’ve been bad), and showed us different significant words from the language. I didn’t know it then, but her kindness and willingness to spread knowledge were a small representation of what the Scandinavian community has to offer.

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‘Quit Your Whinging’ and Get to Folklorama’s UK Pavilion

‘Quit Your Whinging’ and Get to Folklorama’s UK Pavilion

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

United Kingdom Pavilion
The United Kingdom Pavilion is on now until August 12. (FACEBOOK)

WINNIPEG — No talk of Brexit here — all four countries of the United Kingdom are living in harmony at Folklorama.

Our tour guide, one of the youth ambassadors, whisked us away as soon as we walked in, took us up to the cultural display, and began discussing with us the incredible amount of cultural contributions the United Kingdom has given the world. We talked everything from national flowers (did you know that Northern Ireland has two national flowers? And that one of them is a leek?) to our Hogwarts houses (they’ll sort you if you don’t know) — be sure to ask the volunteers questions, because they’ll be able to answer.

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Folklorama’s Spain Pavilion Packs High Energy — and Garlic Shrimp

Folklorama’s Spain Pavilion Packs High Energy — and Garlic Shrimp

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

Folklorama Spain Pavilion
Folklorama’s Spain Pavilion is on now until August 12. (@PAVILIONSPAIN / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — “Oh my God, this whole place smells like garlic shrimp.” That was the first thing that ran through my head as I walked into Folklorama’s Spain Pavilion. If you know me at all, you know I love seafood. This was the place for me.

The theme of this year’s Spain Pavilion was fiesta, and our tour guide walked us through the posters on the wall and different regions that hold different festivals throughout the year. Other than the posters, there was a few figurines on a table, and that was it. The cultural display left a lot to be desired.

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Folklorama’s Caribbean Pavilion Turns Up the Heat

Folklorama’s Caribbean Pavilion Turns Up the Heat

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

Folklorama Caribbean Pavilion
Folklorama’s Caribbean Pavilion is on now until August 12. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — From the time you walk into the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, you know that the place to be at Folklorama’s Caribbean Pavilion is near the main stage — that’s where the food is, and that’s where the party is.

The cultural display, although wide and sprawling, felt much more like a market than an educational display. Jewellery, handmade wares, and CDs from the Winnipeg Steel Orchestra were on sale — and some unrelated items, like crocheted Pokémon figures. It’s worth walking around and looking at what the vendors have to offer, but I suggest skipping past the Bob Marley toques.

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Visits to Folklorama Up 5 Percent This Year

Visits to Folklorama Up 5 Percent This Year

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Children at Folklorama’s Spirit of Ukraine pavilion perform on Friday, August 12, 2016. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — More people experienced cultures from around the world than last year as the 47th annual Folklorama drew to a close on Saturday.

Organizers say 447,000 visitors took in 45 pavilions across the city — an increase of five percent from 2015.

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