Why The Change?

The Winnipeg Folk Festival celebrated its first festival in 1974 as a “one-time” event. Since then it has grown and evolved to become one of the most important festivals in North America.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a source of pride for Manitoba and Canada. It has received awards of excellence, attracts great artists, consistently draws a large and loyal audience and is know for its tight-knit community of volunteers.

After welcoming more than 1.5 million visitors to our festival home at Birds Hill Provincial Park it’s time to make some significant improvements to ensure we continue to provide an outstanding audience experience. Why now, you ask? Here are a few of the key reasons:

  • The safety and well-being of our audience and everyone involved in the festival is our top priority, and changes are needed to comply with health and safety standards. We want to be sure that we are proactively addressing our audience requests for more water and shade.
  • Creating community is a core value of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and these improvements will create environmentally sustainable and inviting public spaces where people of all ages and abilities can easily integrate and come together as community to celebrate in the festival experience.
  • The Winnipeg Folk Festival has built an international reputation for its artistic excellence. We want to continue to attract the highest quality of artists and provide them with superior performance opportunities. This project includes technical upgrades and two new performance stages.
  • Manitoba’s cultural and tourist economy is fuelled by this event that generates more than $29.4 million in Gross Economic Activity each year. The investment in the festival site is an investment in Manitoba.

Find out more about the plans for our festival home – click here.