After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Winnipeg’s cultural festival Folklorama is back with some help from the province.
The Manitoba government announced it’s providing $400,000 toward this year’s festivities to offset some costs.
A quarter of the funds will go toward reduced Monday and Tuesday ticket prices, while the rest will support participating pavilions.
“One of our province’s greatest strengths is its rich cultural diversity, an asset so wonderfully showcased at this popular, family-friendly annual event,” said Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes.
“We are proud to support the pavilions of Folklorama and supplement admission fees to ensure as many Manitobans and visitors as possible can enjoy the unique opportunity to experience this memorable, miniature world tour.”
Despite having suffered some setbacks due to the pandemic, Folklorama executive director Teresa Cotroneo says she has every confidence the festival will bounce back.
“The funds made in a pavilion during the festival stay in that community and are often the largest fundraising opportunity in a year for those organizations,” she said. “Thanks to the Manitoba government’s support, Folklorama pavilions will have a hand-up in their ability to restart programs that may have been paused due to the pandemic and ensure our rich ethno-cultural history is preserved into the future.”
Folklorama begins July 31 and runs until Aug. 13.