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New Art Installations Planned for Winnipeg Folk Festival

April 10, 2016 8:04 AM | Entertainment

Biggest Little Circus

Biggest Little Circus (WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL)

Some exciting art projects are in the works to grace the campground at this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival.

As part of the festival’s art and animation program, artists have been working away on creative projects to display at Birds Hill Park this summer.

One of the highlights is Biggest Little Circus, described as a high-energy explosion of circus street theatre with high skilled juggling, aerial acrobatics, and a “human changing room.” With a small cast of three, this really is the Biggest Little Circus show. A show with a whole lot of laughs, kiwi charm and plenty of lycra.

What else to expect

Trojan Horse

Galloping its way back from ancient times, a beautifully constructed Trojan horse will make its way to the campground. Climb on board the Trojan Horse up to a platform to get a view of the festival like no other! This wooden structure – made from wood a little sturdier than popsicle sticks, of course – will provide a meeting space for campers to relax, mingle and stargaze. The size of the horse will make it the perfect meeting spot to connect with your friends before heading to the festival site.

Pyramid of Folk

This enchanted space is open to folkies day and night to come in, unwind and relax. The beautifully carved walls will glow in a whimsical array of patterns at night and act as beacon for campers to meet and connect in this welcoming, happy atmosphere.

Folk Fest High Striker

Step right up and test your strength at the Folk Fest High Striker! From the crew that has brought you Folk Fest Glow Bowling, this 16-foot tall, LED-lighted carnival game will thrill kids of all ages. Grab some friends, or better yet, make some new ones and see who can make the most lights glow.

The Bel Air Mansion

Campers will be excited to know that the “Fresh Prince” camp is expanding the fun! There may not be a throne, but you’ll still feel like royalty stepping out of the elements and into the hub of the Bel Air Mansion. Enjoy the offerings of local artists who will share acoustic sets, LED poi-spinning shows, live art and more on the stage. Lit up at night and waterproof if it rains, this will be a hot spot to get to know your neighbours.

Poor People Like To Dance Too

We face two kinds of poverty: financial and emotional. Take in this series of collage-style paintings to confront poverty by creating what most people are hungry for – human connection. The installation seeks to educate by shedding a different light on the issue of poverty in Winnipeg. The colours used are bright and bold and the imagery incorporates dance, contributing to the lively atmosphere the Festival Campground is known for.

KoalaTea Canopy

A geodesic dome donned with community art and a stage inside (actual rendering to come). Illuminated with LED lighting, the setting will provide artists with a creative outlet that helps the campground community develop artistically. All are welcome to enjoy – or participate in – live acoustic music, art workshops, poetry and storytelling. Spontaneous performances driven by passionate campers will more than likely occur under the KoalaTea Canopy!

Photos of all the projects can be found at WinnipegFolkFestival.ca. This year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival is July 7-10.

— Staff