183 Kennedy St, Winnipeg, Canada
Folklorama Winnipeg Reviews
RTW Festival - Folklorama! Sep 16, 2008
This festival in Winnipeg lasts about 2 weeks, every year in August (usually).
Basically Ethnic 'clubs' within the city put on performances of traditional dancing, singing and other cultural doings in a venue specific to them.
For example, one night you may want to check out some things Chilean culture is all about. So you go to the venue, pay about 5 bucks, grab a seat and watch the show. Before or after you can chat with these people, and often they have booths set up with crafts and other goods made in Chile. In another section they sell Chilean food and drinks.
I believe this a great way for people, especially those with young kids, to perhaps learn quite a bit about a culutre you may not know a lot about, or may even convince you to actually travel to that destination. As a bonus, some countries have regional performances, so are represented more than once in a different light. Unfortunately, not all (obviously) ethnicities and cultures are represented here.
IMO these are very enjoyable, and are definitely worth checking out if you are in Winnipeg during the time of this city-wide festival.
I've been lucky to attend this event >10 times, and it is just as exciting each time.
Don't forget to get your passport stamped!
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