Yesterday when I was waiting for my bus in front of City Hall the official opening of Folklorama was taking place there. Mayor Brian Bowman was giving a speech. I only caught a bit of it before my bus pulled up but one line I remember was something like ….”Winnipeg is wedding socials, whiteouts, and Folklorama.”The signage made it clear 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the annual Folklorama event showcasing forty-five different cultural groups that are part of our urban milieu. For two weeks you can visit pavilions set up all over the city to see displays, enjoy cultural shows and taste a huge variety of ethnic foods. We haven’t always been in Winnipeg for Folkorama since we moved here in 2011, but I thought I’d include a few photos I’ve taken on past visits.
We already have plans to go to the Ukrainian Pavilion with friends on Monday so I will have more photos to include in my Folklorama album.
In my jobs as a guide at the art gallery and as a university supervisor in many different inner-city schools I am constantly delighted by the wonderful ethnic, cultural, racial and religious diversity of Winnipeg. Folklorama is a great way to celebrate that diversity.