Folklorama

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Folklorama
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Frequency Annually
Location(s) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Years active 44
Inaugurated 1970[1]
Most recent August 3 to August 16, 2014
Next event August 2 to August 15, 2015
Participants Approx 3,000 entertainers and 20,000 volunteers
Attendance approx. 413,000 (2014)
Website
www.folklorama.ca
Folklorama 2012 India Pavilion

Folklorama is an event that runs for two weeks each August in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Visitors to the festival are invited to sample exotic cuisine and celebrate the cultural and ethnic heritage of people from dozens of countries who have made Winnipeg their home. Folklorama is the world's largest and longest-running multicultural festival.[2]

Each country, region or culture has an assigned venue, known as a pavilion. Typically there are over 40 pavilions presented throughout the city, with half operating in week one and half in week two of the festival.[3] Each pavilion presents a show featuring the song and dance of their culture, along with trademark ethnic cuisine and a cultural display. Some pavilions also incorporate additional services such as henna tattoo application, and some have late night parties. Most pavilions provide imported alcohol from their feature country.

Folklorama provides exposure to cultural groups and brings in thousands of tourists each year, adding to the city's economy. It is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in the world (acknowledged by the International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art, also known as CIOFF).[4] The Folk Arts Council of Winnipeg is the organizing body of Folklorama.

History[edit]

Folklorama was first held in August 1970. It was originally intended to be a one-time occurrence in celebration of Manitoba's centennial. It was deemed such a success that it became an annual event. The first festival was only a week long, featuring 21 different cultures; it drew approximately 75,000 separate pavilion visits.[1] The festival adopted its current two-week format in 1988, with half of the pavilions open in each week. As of 2014, only five of the original pavilions have been open every year. They are: German, Pearl of the Orient, Ukraine-Kyiv, Greek and Scandinavian.

The Folklorama logo was designed by Andy Stout who won the provincial logo contest in 1980. The 4 figures in the logo represent people from the four corners of the globe, who are intertwined, with arms raised in celebration. The festival's mascot, the Folklorama Llama, was created in 1986.[1] Recently a new mascot in the form of a recycling bin has been seen.

Until 1990, pavilions would have a mayor and a queen. The queen would be in the running for the Miss Folklorama pageant at the end of the Festival. The Miss Folklorama pageant was not a beauty pageant but a contest of ethnic preservation and presentation. Since 1990, pavilions now feature two adult ambassadors and two youth ambassadors, neither of whom must be of a specific gender.[5]

Statistics[edit]

Performers at the 2012 Folklorama Scottish Pavilion
  • On average, Folklorama receives over 400,000 pavilion visits each year.[6] The 2014 festival received approximately 413,600 pavilion visits to 43 pavilions from August 3 to 16.[7] The majority of those who attend the Festival visit more than one pavilion.
  • About 21% of pavilion visitors come from outside of Winnipeg.[6]
  • Typically, more than 3,000 entertainers perform at more than 1,500 shows throughout the two-week Festival.[6]
  • On average, 600,000 meals are served and 1,000,000 beverages are poured before the conclusion of the Festival.[6]
  • Approximately 20,000 volunteers participate to make Folklorama possible.[6]
  • Folklorama has an economic impact of about $14.7 million on the Manitoba economy.[6]

2014 Pavilions[edit]

Week 1: August 3 – August 9[edit]

1. Africa/ Caribbean Pavilion

2. Brazilian Pavilion

3. Casa do Minho Portuguese Pavilion

4. Chilean Pavilion

5. Chinese Pavilion

6. Ireland-Irish Pavilion

7. Italian Pavilion

8. Japanese Pavilion

9. Pavilion canadien-français

10. Punjab Pavilion

11. Nayong Pilipino Pavilion

12. Romanian Pavilion

13. Russian Pavilion

14. Scandinavian Pavilion

15. Serbian Pavilion "Beograd"

16. South Sudanese Pavilion

17. Tamil Pavilion

18. Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion

19. Warsaw-Poland Pavilion

Week 2: August 10 – August 16[edit]

20. Africa Pavilion

21. Alô! Brasil Pavilion

22. Andean Pavilion

23. Argentina "Tango" Pavilion

24. Belgian Pavilion

25. Caribbean Pavilion

26. Celtic-Ireland Pavilion

27. Croatian Pavilion "Zagreb"

28. Cuba Va! Pavilion

29. Ethiopian Pavilion

30. German Pavilion

31. Greek Pavilion

32. Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion

33. India Pavilion

34. Israel Pavilion — Shalom Square

35. Korean Pavilion

36. Pabellón de España - Spain Pavilion

37. Pavilion of Portugal

38. Pavilion of Scotland

39. Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion

40. Serbian "Kolo" Pavilion

41. Slovenija Pavilion

42. Spirit of Ukraine Pavilion

43. United Kingdom Pavilion

Pavilions From Past Years[edit]

2013 Pavilions[edit]

  • Africa Pavilion
  • Africa/ Caribbean Pavilion
  • Alô! Brasil Pavilion
  • Belgian Pavilion
  • Brazilian Pavilion
  • Caribbean Pavilion
  • Casa do Minho Portuguese Pavilion
  • Celtic Ireland Pavilion
  • Chilean Pavilion
  • Colombian Pavilion
  • Croatian Pavilion “Zagreb”
  • Cuba Va! Pavilion
  • DOTC First Nations Pavilion
  • Ethiopian Pavilion
  • German Pavilion
  • Greek Pavilion
  • Hungaria Pavilion
  • Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion
  • India Pavilion
  • Indigenous Mardi Gras Pavilion
  • Indochina Chinese Pavilion
  • Indo-Caribbean Paradise Pavilion
  • Ireland-Irish Pavilion
  • Israel Pavilion – Shalom Square
  • Italian Pavilion
  • Japanese Pavilion
  • Korean Pavilion
  • Mexican Pavilion
  • Pabellón de España – Spain Pavilion
  • Pavilion of Portugal
  • Pavilion of Scotland
  • Pavillon canadien-français
  • Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion
  • Philippine Pavilion Nayong Pilipino
  • Punjab Pavilion
  • Romanian Pavilion
  • Russian Pavilion
  • Scandinavian Pavilion
  • Serbian "Kolo" Pavilion
  • Serbian Pavilion “Beograd”
  • Slovenija Pavilion
  • South Sudanese Pavilion
  • Spirit of Ukraine Pavilion
  • Tamil Pavilion
  • Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion
  • Warsaw Poland Pavilion


2012 Pavilions[edit]

  • Africa Pavilion
  • Africa/Caribbean Pavilion
  • Argentina “Tango” Pavilion
  • Belgian Pavilion
  • Brasil Carnival Pavilion
  • Brazilian Pavilion
  • Caribbean Pavilion
  • Casa do Minho Portuguese Pavilion
  • Celtic Ireland Pavilion
  • Chile Lindo Pavilion
  • Chilean Pavilion
  • Cuba Va! “Tropicana” Pavilion
  • DOTC First Nations Pavilion
  • Ethiopian Pavilion
  • German Pavilion
  • Greek Pavilion
  • Hungaria Pavilion
  • Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion
  • India Pavilion
  • Indigenous Mardi Gras Pavilion
  • Indo-Caribbean Paradise Pavilion
  • Ireland-Irish Pavilion
  • Israel Pavilion - Shalom Square
  • Italian Pavilion
  • Japanese Pavilion
  • Korean Pavilion
  • Nayong Pilipino, Philippine Pavilion
  • Pabellón de España - Spain Pavilion
  • Pavilion of Portugal
  • Pavilion of Scotland
  • Pavillon canadien-français
  • Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion
  • Punjab Pavilion
  • Romanian Pavilion
  • Russian Pavilion
  • Serbian “Kolo” Pavilion
  • Serbian Pavilion “Beograd”
  • Scandinavian Pavilion
  • Slovenija Pavilion
  • Spirit of Ukraine Pavilion
  • Tamil Pavilion
  • Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion
  • Warsaw Poland Pavilion

2011 Pavilions[edit]

  • Africa Pavilion
  • Africa/Caribbean Pavilion
  • Belgian Pavilion
  • Brasil Carnival Pavilion
  • Brazilian Pavilion
  • Caribbean Pavilion
  • Casa do Minho Portuguese Pavilion
  • Celtic Ireland Pavilion
  • Chilean Pavilion
  • Colombian Pavilion
  • Croatian Pavilion “Zagreb
  • Cuba Va! “Tropicana” Pavilion
  • DOTC First Nations Pavilion
  • Ethiopian Pavilion
  • German Pavilion
  • Greek Pavilion
  • Hungaria Pavilion
  • Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion
  • India Pavilion
  • Indo Caribbean Paradise Pavilion
  • Indochina Chinese Pavilion
  • Ireland-Irish Pavilion
  • Israel Pavilion - Shalom Square
  • Italian Pavilion – Viva l’Italia
  • Japan Pavilion
  • Korean Pavilion
  • Mexican Pavilion
  • Pabellón de España - Spain Pavilion
  • Paraguay “Heart of South America” Pavilion
  • Pavilion of Portugal
  • Pavilion of Scotland
  • Pavillon canadien-français
  • Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion
  • Philippine Pavilion Nayong Pilipino
  • Punjab Pavilion
  • Romanian Pavilion
  • Russian Pavilion – Back to the Past
  • Scandinavian Pavilion
  • Serbian “Kolo” Pavilion
  • Serbian Pavilion “Beograd”
  • Slovenija Pavilion
  • Spirit of Ukraine Pavilion
  • Sudanese Pavilion
  • Tamil Pavilion
  • Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion
  • Warsaw Poland Pavilion

2010 Pavilions[edit]

  • Africa Pavilion
  • Africa/Caribbean Pavilion
  • Argentina “Tango” Pavilion
  • Belgian Pavilion
  • Brazilian Pavilion
  • Caribbean Pavilion
  • Casa do Minho Portuguese Pavilion
  • Celtic Ireland Pavilion
  • Chile Lindo Pavilion
  • Chilean Pavilion
  • Colombian Pavilion
  • Croatian Pavilion “Zagreb”
  • Cuba Va! “Tropicana” Pavilion
  • DOTC First Nations Pavilion
  • Ethiopian Pavilion
  • German Pavilion
  • Greek Pavilion
  • Hungaria Pavilion
  • Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion
  • India Pavilion
  • Indo Tropical Paradise Pavilion
  • Ireland-Irish Pavilion
  • Israel Pavilion-Shalom Square
  • Italian Pavilion
  • Korean Pavilion
  • Métis People Pavilion
  • Mexican Pavilion
  • Pabellón de España-Spain Pavilion
  • Paraguay “Heart of South America” Pavilion
  • Pavilion of Portugal
  • Pavilion of Scotland
  • Pavillon canadien-français
  • Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion
  • Philippine Pavilion Nayong Pilipino
  • Romanian Pavilion
  • Russian Pavilion
  • Scandinavian Pavilion
  • Serbian “Kolo” Pavilion
  • Serbian Pavilion “Beograd”
  • Slovenija Pavilion
  • Sudanese Pavilion
  • Tamil Pavilion
  • Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion
  • Ukraine-Lviv Pavilion
  • Warsaw-Poland Pavilion

2009 Pavilions[edit]

  • Africa Pavilion
  • Africa/Caribbean Pavilion
  • Alpine Pavilion
  • Belgian Pavilion
  • Brazilian Pavilion
  • Caribbean Pavilion
  • Casa do Minho Portuguese Pavilion
  • Celtic Ireland Pavilion
  • Chilean Pavilion
  • Colombia Pavilion
  • Croatian Pavilion “Zagreb”
  • Cuba Va! Pavilion
  • El Salvador Pavilion
  • German Pavilion
  • Greek Pavilion
  • Hungaria Pavilion
  • Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion
  • India Pavilion
  • Indo Tropical Paradise Pavilion
  • Indochina Chinese Pavilion
  • Ireland-Irish Pavilion
  • Israel Pavilion - Shalom Square
  • Italian Pavilion
  • Korean Pavilion
  • Métis People Pavilion
  • Mexican Pavilion
  • Pabellón de España - Spain Pavilion
  • Pavilion of Portugal
  • Pavilion of Scotland
  • Pavillon canadien-français
  • Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion
  • Philippine Pavilion Nayong Pilipino
  • Romanian Pavilion
  • Russian Pavilion
  • Scandinavian Pavilion
  • Serbian “Kolo” Pavilion
  • Serbian Pavilion “Beograd”
  • Slovenija Pavilion
  • Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion
  • Ukraine-Lviv Pavilion
  • Warsaw Poland Pavilion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History". Folklorama. http://www.folklorama.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58&Itemid=56. Accessed 14-07-2009.
  2. ^ "Folklorama kicks off this weekend". Global News. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "What to Expect". Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Festivals". http://www.cioff.org. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "FOLKLORAMA". Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "FAQs". Folklorama. http://www.folklorama.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55&Itemid=53. Accessed 1 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Hundreds of Thousands Step Out to Celebrate Diversity with Folklorama". Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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