Folklorama Appoints New Board of Directors

45th Annual Festival to be celebrated August 3 to 16, 2014

(Winnipeg, Manitoba; April 4, 2014) – Folklorama is pleased to welcome new and returning faces to its Board of Directors for 2014-2015.The new Board of Directors was appointed at Folklorama’s Annual General Meeting on March 27, 2014, and met on April 2, 2014 to elect Folklorama’s chair positions.

“It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to lead Folklorama’s dedicated board of directors,” says new Folklorama president Amelia Sheocharan. “The talent and energy that our Board and our members have for Folklorama’s mission has enabled our grassroots Festival to grow from a one-time event in 1970 to the largest and longest running multicultural festival of its kind in the world! Our annual two-week celebration will feature 44 pavilions this year, supported by an amazing network of 20,000 volunteers.”

Folklorama 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

  • Amelia Sheocharan, President
  • Angie Boehm, Chair, Licensing Committee
  • Dr. Rayleen DeLuca, O.M., Past President and Chair, Nominating Committee
  • Dr. Ganpat Lodha, Chair, Membership Committee
  • Zaleena Salaam, Chair, Finance and Audit Committee
  • Margaret Strachan, Chair, Youth Committee
  • Dr. Paramjit Tappia, Chair, Scholarship Committee
  • Jordan Wall, Chair, Review Committee
  • Tracy Balagus, Director
  • Yvonne Hawryliuk, Director
  • Tamara Medina, Director
  • Marko Vujadin, Director

Folklorama is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world, as determined by The International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts. Folklorama began in 1970 as a one-time celebration of Manitoba’s centennial, and has since grown to an annual 14-day Festival of global culture and entertainment. Developing out of the success of the festival, three year-round programs are also offered: Teachings, Talent and Travel. All of the programs bring to life the organization’s mission of celebrating diversity and promoting cultural understanding. The Folklorama Festival runs from August 3 to August 16, 2014. To find out more visit

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Folklorama’s 44th Annual Celebration of Culture Comes to a Close

August 19, 2013

Folklorama enjoyed another successful multi-cultural festival, with visitors from near and far gathering at 46 diverse pavilions from August 4 to 17. Winnipeg came alive over the past two weeks, as festival goers were treated to world-class cultural entertainment, delicious ethnic dishes, fascinating cultural displays, and all-around warm hospitality.

An incredible 20,000 volunteers came together to fulfill Folklorama’s mission of celebrating diversity and promoting cultural understanding. Performing groups from around the globe, including Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Hungary, Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine – in addition to artists from California, Louisiana, Nevada and Ontario – joined Folklorama’s talented local performers in showcasing their unique cultures.

“This year, Folklorama encouraged visitors to ‘Go Anywhere’ and travel the world in their own backyard,” says Dr. Rayleen De Luca, O.M., Folklorama President. “And that is exactly what people did! They came out by the hundreds of thousands to experience the celebration and preservation of Manitoba’s incredible multicultural mosaic. We are so proud of going strong for our 44th annual Festival and this is due to the passion and commitment of our amazing volunteers.”

People took in Folklorama in a variety of ways. Some visitors got on board a variety of VIP World Tours, which included multiple visits to pavilions, Late Night and Party tour options, as well as Cycle Tours and Accessibility Tours. This year, Folklorama attracted 124 group tours, including two from Japan, 11 from the United States, and 52 from the VIP World Tour program.

“These tours are yet another way visitors enjoyed the Festival,” says Folklorama Executive Director Debra Zoerb. “Single admissions remained our most popular option, with an affordable ticket price of $6 and free entry for children 12 and under. We also noticed strong sales with our Vickar Automotive Group Fun Packs, which provided a great value for families and groups of friends. It’s important to us that the Festival continues to be accessible to as many people as possible. Our volunteers work so hard all year long, and we’re thrilled that so many come out to enjoy the Festival.”

Folklorama 2013 saw increased public engagement for the Festival with tremendous growth online through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as through a series of promotional appearances and pop-up events around Winnipeg.

The 2013 Festival drew hundreds of thousands of visitors, with a preliminary estimate of over 416,600 pavilion visits.

Folklorama would like to thank our funders, the Province of Manitoba and Winnipeg Arts Council, as well as our valued sponsors.

Next year’s Festival will be held August 3 to 16, 2014.

Folklorama Launches 44th Annual Festival

July 25, 2013

The Honourable Flor Marcelino, Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, delivered an official proclamation today, declaring August 4 to August 17 to be Folklorama weeks in Manitoba – marking the dates for Folklorama’s 44th annual Festival.

“Folklorama’s success is the result of its volunteers,” says Dr. Rayleen De Luca, O.M., Folklorama President. “An amazing 20,000 people volunteer with Folklorama every year. When other festivals across Canada ask us ‘How do you do it?’ we always reference our community of passionate volunteers. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The 2013 Festival will feature 46 pavilions celebrating the cultural diversity that exists in Manitoba. This year, Folklorama is encouraging visitors to “Go Anywhere” and travel the world in their own backyard.

“Folklorama is a Winnipeg tradition,” adds Folklorama Executive Director Debra Zoerb. “And because of that, we have kept our admission prices affordable. Children 12 and under are free, and single admission is only $6 at the pavilion door.” Another affordable option is the Vickar Automotive Group Fun Pack, which offers 12 tickets for the price of 9.

The public can also enjoy the Festival through a variety of VIP World Tour options, which include visits to either two or three pavilions, Late Night Tours, Party Tours, and even Cycle Tours and Accessibility Tours.

To ignite the Folklorama spirit, all are welcome to attend the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Folklorama Kick-Off at The Forks on Saturday, July 27. The free event will feature family fun and entertainment with the MTS Ethnic Market beginning at 4 p.m. on the Scotia Bank Stage grounds. The stage festivities start at 7 p.m. with the amazing Parade of Ambassadors followed by an evening of local and international cultural entertainment. A presentation from Archangel Fireworks will cap off the event at 10:45 p.m.

Typically, Folklorama boasts over 400,000 pavilion visits each year. You can follow Folklorama on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Folklorama Appoints New Board of Directors

April 2, 2013

Folklorama is pleased to welcome new and returning faces to its Board of Directors for 2013-2014.The new Board of Directors was appointed at Folklorama’s Annual General Meeting on March 21, 2013, and met on March 27, 2013 to elect Folklorama’s chair positions.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to continue to work with such passionate directors in an organization that I hold so dear,” says Folklorama president Dr. Rayleen De Luca, O.M. “The talent and energy that they and our members have for Folklorama’s mission has allowed our grassroots Festival to grow from a one-time event in 1970 with 21 participating pavilions to a renowned, two-week celebration, with more than 40 pavilions, an astounding 20,000 volunteers and over 400,000 visits.”

Folklorama Board of Directors 2013-2014

  •        Dr. Rayleen De Luca, O.M., President
  •        Tracy Balagus, Chair, Review Committee
  •        Angie Boehm, Chair, Youth Committee
  •        Yvonne Hawryliuk, Chair, Licensing Committee
  •        Shubha Mathur, Chair, Scholarship Committee
  •        Zaleena Salaam, Chair, Finance and Audit Committee
  •        Ashley Sharpe, Chair, Membership Committee
  •        Dr. Ganpat Lodha, Director
  •        Amelia Sheocharan, Director
  •        Margaret Strachan, Director
  •        Marko Vujadin, Director
  •        Jordan Wall, Director

Mohamed Ismath will continue to support the Folklorama Board of Directors as immediate Past-President, and remains as Chair, Nominating Committee for the upcoming year.

Folklorama’s Ça Claque Chosen to Wow 100 Million Viewers

February 10, 2012

Folklorama is thrilled to announce that its member, local Franco-Manitoban performing group Ça Claque, has been chosen from over 500 song entries from around the world to compete in the Folkloric category at the 53rd annual Viña del Mar International Song Festival in Viña del Mar, Chile.

From February 22 to 27, over 100 million viewers are anticipated to tune in to Chilevisión and A & E’s Latino network to watch some of the biggest stars of the Spanish speaking world, including Marc Anthony and Luis Miguel, take the stage at the largest and most celebrated music event in Latin America. Folklorama has been working with the Viña del Mar International Song Festival since 2010 to facilitate opportunities for it members to take part.

Included in the six night festival concert series are two international song competitions in the categories of Contemporary and Folkloric, each of which is composed of six competing countries. Winnipeg’s Ça Claque, who celebrates French Canadian folklore with a fusion of song and dance, has been chosen to represent Canada on the world stage with their original song, Automne.

“In addition to representing our country, we have the added honour of representing our culture in the Folkloric category of the competition,” says Ça Claque guitarist Mario Savard. “We couldn’t be more proud to be showcasing our heritage by singing in French and wearing our own voyageur sash during our performances.” Adds violinist Nicolas Messner, “It’s a big role but we feel capable and ready for it. We’ve put many hours into practising so we can represent Canada the best we can. We’re proud to be Canadian and excited to show it in Chile!”

Ça Claque will be competing in their category against artists from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. Amazingly, this is the second year in a row that a local artist and Folklorama member will be representing Canada at the festival. Last year, singer and songwriter Sierra Noble won the festival’s top award for best song and best interpreter in the Contemporary category for her song, Try Anything.

Ça Claque and Folklorama representative Christian Hidalgo-Mazzei will be leaving for Chile on Monday, February 13 to prepare for the competition. Winnipeggers who are eagerly anticipating a performance by the group at this year’s Festival du Voyageur need not worry though. While the troupe’s musicians are heading to Chile to participate in the competition, its dancers will still be entertaining and celebrating their French culture in Winnipeg during this year’s Festival du Voyageur.

To learn more about the Viña del Mar International Song Festival, please visit and for further information about Ça Claque, please visit

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