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Brandon’s Annual Winter Festival Kicks Off Today

February 3, 2011 7:29 AM | Entertainment

The 8th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival begins today in Brandon.

The three-day festival has been compared to Winnipeg’s Folklorama, offering up a celebration of culture through education, food and entertainment in 13 different cultural pavilions.

A number of new pavilions will be added this year, including Brazil, Philippine and The Global Village. Returning pavilions include Colombia, Salvador, English, Ukrainian, Irish, Scottish, First Nations, Metis, French Canadian and Ethiopian.

“The Winter Festival is always a weekend that folks in Westman have circled on their calendars,” said Adam Sobkow, who owns and operates the popular local website eBrandon.ca. “Food and entertainment aside, over the past decade Brandon has become increasingly multi-cultural as a city and this festival is always an awesome way to brings folks of all different backgrounds together to celebrate our diversity. ”

If you’re in western Manitoba this week and don’t want to wait until August for Folklorama, this is a great alternative. It also happens to be free.

For a schedule of pavilions, visit the City of Brandon website.

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