There’s no passport required for this trip around the world.
Folklorama ambassadors, volunteers and the media packed the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Thursday to signal the final countdown to the 44th annual cultural festival.
Running August 4-17, this year’s Folklorama offers 46 pavilions over the span of two weeks and remains one of the longest-running cultural events in the world.
“Folklorama is a Winnipeg tradition,” said executive director Debra Zoerb. “And because of that, we have kept our admission prices affordable. Children 12 and under are free, and single admission is only $6 at the pavilion door.”
About 20,000 volunteers assist Folklorama in running smoothly each year, something organizers are proud to boast about. Volunteers also assist the more than 400,000 visitors the pavilions see annually.
Before the real action begins, the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Folklorama Kick-Off at The Forks on Saturday, July 27 will be a free event for all ages. Entertainment begins at 4 p.m. on the Scotiabank Stage grounds. The stage festivities start at 7 p.m. with the parade of ambassadors followed by an evening of local and international cultural entertainment. A presentation from Archangel Fireworks will cap off the event at 10:45 p.m.