Folklorama

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Folklorama
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Frequency Annually
Location(s) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Years active 45
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/culture.

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 (determined 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]

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]

Program Areas[edit]

Throughout the year, Folklorama is sustained by three business divisions that were created as a result of the success of the Festival: Travel, Talent, and Teachings.

Folklorama Travel offers year-round, full-service travel packages that are customized to meet the unique needs of tour and corporate groups. With more than 20 tourism partners throughout the province, Folklorama Travel offers a wide range of experiences both during Folklorama and year-round to create fun, highly-interactive, and culturally enlightening adventures – for both locals and tourists alike.

Folklorama Talent offers professional, full-service event planning tailored to meet the unique needs of a variety of corporate clients, as well as an entertainment booking service with access to more than 80 multicultural and contemporary performing groups.

Folklorama Teachings offers a wide range of fun and educational cultural programs to meet the individual needs of educators across Manitoba, including daycare and elementary teachers, middle school and high school instructors, and university professors.

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]

2015 Pavilions[edit]

Week 1: August 2 – August 8[edit]

1. Africa Pavilion

2. Alô! Brasil Pavilion

3. Caribbean Pavilion

4. Celtic Ireland Pavilion

5. Croatian Pavilion "Zagreb"

6. Cuban Pavilion

7. Ethiopian Pavilion

8. German Pavilion

9. Greek Pavilion

10. Hungaria Pavilion

11. India Pavilion

12. Korean Pavilion

13. Pabellón de España - Spain Pavilion

14. Pavilion of Portugal

15. Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion

16. Serbian Pavilion "Beograd"

17. Slovenija Pavilion

18. Spirit of Ukraine Pavilion

19. Tamil Pavilion

20. United Kingdom Pavilion

21. Warsaw-Poland Pavilion

Week 2: August 9 – August 15[edit]

22. Africa/Caribbean Pavilion

23. Belgian Pavilion

24. Brazilian Pavilion

25. Casa do Minho Portuguese Pavilion

26. Chilean Pavilion

27. Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion

28. Indo-Caribbean Paradise Pavilion

29. Indochina Chinese Pavilion

30. Irish Pavilion

31. Israel Pavilion - Shalom Square

32. Italian Pavilion

33. Japanese Pavilion

34. Nayong Pilipino Pavilion

35. Pavilion of Scotland

36. Pavillon canadien-français

37. Punjab Pavilion

38. Romanian Pavilion

39. Russian Pavilion

40. Scandinavian Pavilion

41. Serbian "Kolo" Pavilion

42. South Sudanese Pavilion

43. Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion

Pavilions From Past Years[edit]

2014 Pavilions[edit]

  • Africa Pavilion
  • Africa/Caribbean Pavilion
  • Alô! Brasil Pavilion
  • Andean Pavilion
  • Argentina "Tango" Pavilion
  • Belgian Pavilion
  • Brazilian Pavilion
  • Caribbean Pavilion
  • Casa do Minho Portuguese Pavilion
  • Celtic-Ireland Pavilion
  • Chilean Pavilion
  • Chinese Pavilion
  • Croatian Pavilion "Zagreb"
  • Cuba Va! Pavilion
  • Ethiopian Pavilion
  • German Pavilion
  • Greek Pavilion
  • Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion
  • India Pavilion
  • Ireland-Irish Pavilion
  • Israel Pavilion — Shalom Square
  • Italian Pavilion
  • Japanese Pavilion
  • Korean Pavilion
  • Nayong Pilipino Pavilion
  • Pabellón de España - Spain Pavilion
  • Pavilion canadien-français
  • Pavilion of Portugal
  • Pavilion of Scotland
  • Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion
  • 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
  • United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Warsaw-Poland Pavilion


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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