Membership Renewal Time

It is time to renew your Folklorama membership. The membership renewal fee for 2011 is $40. The deadline for receiving payment is December 31, 2010.

Any renewals paid after the deadline are subject to a 100% surcharge (i.e. $80 instead of $40). If you have any questions or concerns regarding your membership or if you do not wish to renew your membership, please contact Tanya Santini McClelland at 982-6213 or

Interested in Running for the Folklorama Board?

The nomination process for the 2011/2012 Folklorama board of directors is underway and the nominating committee is soliciting for potential candidates.

If you are interested in running for the board you must be a member of Folklorama or a member of a member organization. Each candidate is required to submit the nomination form along with their resume and two letters of reference from other community or not-for-profit organizations by January 28, 2011 (date subject to change). Packages that included information about the process of nomination, criteria for what the board is looking for and eligibility were mailed out at the end of October to member presidents.

After all applications have been submitted, the nominating committee interviews applicants and then reports to the membership, presenting their choices 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). At that point, members have until three days before the AGM to question the nominations.

Other members not on the slate may be nominated by three other members. The election then takes place at the AGM. After the new board has been elected, each board member submits what committee they would like to chair. The nominating committee meets with them and decides who will chair what, unless the other board members challenge and nominate a different board member, other than themselves, to be chair of that committee.

For more information, attend our information evening for members interested in running for the board of directors.
When: January 20, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:30pm
Where: Folklorama office, 2nd Floor - 183 Kennedy Street

Folklorama Celebrates 447,000 Pavilion Visits
Event of the Year Achieves Highest Attendance in Three Years

Folklorama welcomed 447,000 visits to 45 pavilions this year, a three-year high for attendance, as the festival celebrated being named the 2009 Event of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. The festival also experienced a record high of 122 group tours, including eight new late night tours. The new late night tours were part of Folklorama's VIP World Tour program, which was close to capacity at 88% sold.

Folklorama Kick-off, presented by Manitoba Lotteries on July 31, had an estimated 13,000 people in attendance to take in the five hour sampling of what Folklorama has to offer. Shaw TV also broadcast the show live to an estimated 50,000 viewers on Channel 9 and to an estimated 250,000 more viewers Canada-wide on Shaw Direct Channel 299.

In addition, people flocked to Old Market Square to take in a new initiative, Folklorama Culture at the CUBE, from Monday to Friday, July 26 to August 6. The new, free, cultural entertainment lunchtime concert series, presented by TD Bank Financial Group and held in partnership with Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010, featured international and local performing groups.

Limited quantities of Folklorama Beer, a unique brew exclusively by Fort Garry Brewing Co. Ltd, are still available at Manitoba Liquor Marts. Every can features a "Peel and Win Contest" for a trip for two anywhere that WestJet flies, and the winning can has yet to be presented.

For the first time, Folklorama Beer is also available at Tavern United Pubs for a limited time, where patrons can enter to win a weekend football package in Phoenix.

Folklorama 2011 will be held July 31 to August 13.
Folklorama Voted Top Event in Canada

Folklorama was voted the Top Event in Canada in WestJet up! Magazine's third annual Value Awards. The awards, chosen by readers, celebrate the best value travel experiences in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

Thousands of WestJet fliers voted online over the past year to choose the winners and recognize the great value they find on the road. This is Folklorama's third Value Award win. For more information, visit

Folklorama to Enter Week Two of Celebrating Diversity

Week two of Folklorama, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world, begins on Sunday, August 8 and runs until Saturday, August 14. Week two will see 23 different pavilions opening their doors to showcase their cultures through world class entertainment, authentic cultural food and drink, and interesting cultural displays.

Week two pavilions include:

Africa Pavilion
Argentina 'Tango' Pavilion
Belgian Pavilion
Caribbean Pavilion
Celtic Ireland Pavilion
Chile Lindo Pavilion
Colombia Pavilion
Ethiopia Pavilion
German Pavilion
Greek Pavilion
Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion
Israel Pavilion - Shalom Square
India Pavilion
Korean Pavilion
Métis People Pavilion
Pabellón de España - Spain Pavilion
Pavilion of Portugal
Pavilion of Scotland
Pearl of the Orient Philippine Pavilion
Scandinavian Pavilion
Serbian Kolo Pavilion
Slovenija Pavilion
Ukraine-Lviv Pavilion

With week two of the festival about to begin, Saturday, August 7 is the last chance to check out the pavilions featured in week one of Folklorama. Travel Guides are available at Manitoba Liquor Marts, Cambrian Credit Union branches or online at

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