Folklorama Cancels Festival For 2020 Due To COVID-19. In 2019, The 50th Anniversary Saw 455,000 Visitors
Canada’s largest mulit-cultural festivals have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020 would have marked the 51st edition of the world-renowned festival celebrating cultural diversity, inclusion and acceptance.
“For many of us, Folklorama is home; it is tradition and a place of belonging”, states Teresa Cotroneo, Executive Director, Folklorama. “In 2019 we had a memorable 50th-anniversary celebration. How fortunate are we to have this amazing milestone to look back on, as we work towards coming back stronger and making new memories in 2021.”
Folklorama is a not-for-profit organization and as such, this decision was not made lightly, nor without full knowledge of its greater impact on all. Our annual flagship festival is a significant source of revenue generation for over 40 ethnocultural communities across the city and their ability to live our mission of celebrating diversity and promoting cultural understanding on a year-round basis.
“Our event is built on people coming together, not just during two weeks in August, but for many months prior to prepare to welcome festival-goers into pavilions with pride”, states Stan Hall, President, Board of Directors, Folklorama. ”There will be a time and place where we can all celebrate together, but following the Government of Manitoba guidelines, it cannot be this summer. We look forward to welcoming the world August 1st to 14th, 2021.”
The first Folklorama Festival was held in 1970 as part of the Manitoban centennial. What came from this event was a need in the community to celebrate our diversity as a province. In 2019, during the 50th Anniversary celebration, Folklorama saw the largest attendance in over 10 years with 455,000 guest visits.
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