History
  • 1965 - Mayor Stephen Juba together with representatives of city's ethnocultural communities and the Community Folk Arts Council of Manitoba is formed. Activities include the Festival of Nations Ball and Folkways Festival held at the Red River Exhibition.
  • 1970 - 21 pavilions come togethere for the first Folklorama festival to celebrate Manitoba`s centennial. Pavilion visits are estimated at 75,000. The festival ends with the crowning of Miss Folklorama, Shirley Kondo.
  • 1980 - A contest is held to create a logo for Folklorama. Andy Stout`s logo of four figures whose arms are raised in jubilation becomes the new logo.
  • 1984 - Folklorama enters the group tour market bringing groups from all over North America
  • 1988 - The festival expands into a two week format with half pavilions running in week 1 and half in week two. This allows two pavilions per culture.
  • 1988 - The Folklorama Llama joins the festival becoming its first official mascot.  As a world traveller, the Folklorama Llama fell in love with the multicultural festival and each year volunteers to attend dozens of events through the province to promote the festival and is proud to visit every pavilion throughout the 14 day festival.
  • 1990 - An Ambassador program replaces the Queens and Mayor representatives of the past.
  • 1991 - Folklorama achieves record for Canada's longest conga line with 1,003 dancers.
  • 1993 - The F.A.C.E.S. program (now Folklorama Talent) is officially adopted as a program of the organization for booking entertainment for meetings and special events.
  • 1994 - The Stage for Learning (now known as Folklorama Teachings) is officially adopted as the educational program for Folklorama reaching children through picnics and school programming.
  • 1994 - The Passport is discontinued in favour of individual admission tickets and Family Packs.
  • 1999 - Bus Stops Here is introduced to the market to service individuals looking to join a bus tour to the festival.
  • 2000 - Folklorama Travel (then known as Plus), the tourism arm of the festival, becomes an official program and expands into year round programming.
  • 2002 - Mark & Dorothy Danzker Scholarship for Excellence is created to award 5 scholarships to students that demonstrate active involvement in preserving their cultural heritage and is administered through Folklorama and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.
  • 2006 - Folklorama Teachings sponsor Boeing provides additional funding to reach rural Manitoba schools.
  • 2007 - Bus Stops Here expands into VIP World Tour offering bus tours every night of the festival and sells out.
  • 2009 - the organization previously known as the Folk Arts Council of Winnipeg Inc. is rebranded to take advantage of its best known brand. The organization is now known simply as Folklorama, F.A.C.E.S. is renamed Folklorama Talent, The Stage for Learning is renamed Folklorama Teachings and Folklorama Plus is renamed Folklorama Travel.
  • 2009 - Folklorama celebrates 40 years with the one-time return of the Folklorama Passport offering admission to all pavilions and allowing the holder to by-pass line-ups.

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