The celebration continues
The Magic of Magdaragat Philippines. Photo by Chito Sta. Brigida
The 52nd Folklorama Festival continues until August 19th celebrating the communities that make up the ethno-cultural fabric of Manitoba,
Now in its second week, the second group of 20 pavilions dazzle the locals and the tourists with their respective cultural presentations and delicious cuisine. These are the Africa/Caribbean Pavilion, Belgian Pavilion, Casa do Minho Portuguese Pavilion, Chinese Pavilion, Cuban Pavilion, First Nations Pavilion, German Pavilion, Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion, Irish Pavilion, Japanese Pavilion, Pabellón de España – Spain Pavilion, Pavilion of Scotland, Pavilion canadien-français, Polish Pavilion, Punjab Pavilion, Romanian Pavilion, Scandinavian Pavilion, South Sudanese Pavilion, Tamil Pavilion and Ukraine Kyiv Pavilion.
All the money made in a Pavilion stays in that ethno-cultural community to assist with creating connections and providing newcomer support.
“By supporting Folklorama, you are enabling generations to keep sharing their culture, traditions and the stories that weave Manitobans together,” said Teresa Cotroneo, Executive Director of Folklorama. “I encourage you to immerse yourselves in the cultures of as many Pavilions as you can. Take in their hospitality and educate yourself on how their ethno-cultural arts and cuisine enrich our lives, every day of the year.”
“The heart of Folklorama is the Folklorama family,” said Bridget Peterson, President, Folklorama Board of Directors. “These volunteers work tirelessly to bring Folklorama to life each year. In total, there are more than 8,000 volunteers who dedicate over 300,000 volunteer hours each year. Please join us in thanking them for their ongoing dedication.”
Folklorama began in 1970 as a one-time celebration of Manitoba’s centennial but has since grown to be the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world. Developing out of the success of the festival, the organization offers year-round programs: Folklorama at Home, Folklorama at Work, Folklorama at School, and Folklorama at Play. All the programs bring to life Folklorama’s mission of celebrating diversity and promoting cultural understanding. For more information, visit Folklorama.ca.