A Message to Festival Campers
It’s difficult when something that has felt like a tradition has changed. We understand that the Castle Boys not being a part of the Festival Campground marks that kind of a change for some people at the Winnipeg Folk Fest.
The Festival Campground has always been a place where creativity shines through self-generated, participatory projects and events. Years back, we began giving festival passes to people who were creating wonderful art and contributing positively to the campground culture as a gesture of thanks, and the Art and Animation Program was born. The popularity of the program has been steadily growing and we receive many great creative project ideas for the campground every year. With this growth we have remained committed to keeping the Art and Animation Program in line with the festival’s roots and genuine creative spirit. Because we value inclusiveness, we wanted to share the limited passes that we have to give away with the most projects possible and not grant the majority of these passes to one animation group when there were so many creative projects worth supporting.
The Castle Boys’ application was incomplete and contained only a vague outline of their plans. As we value our long-term relationship with the Castle Boys, we asked them to provide more details, including safety information, but they were not provided to the extent and in the time that was needed to approve the project.
All art and animation projects were held to the same values and criteria and none, including the Big Games and the Flaming Trolleys, received more than the maximum of 10 passes that we offer for a single project. There are people who camp with these groups who are presenting separate projects (in either the campground or on the festival site) and therefore receive passes attached to those other projects.
We welcomed everyone who did not get into the program, including the Castle Boys, to still attend without official entry into the program. The Castle Boys decided not to attend as a group as they have historically, which we understand is disappointing for their many fans.
We want the campground to be a fun and positive experience for all, and it will be. Because at the end of the day, the Folk Fest experience is not about any particular animation project, it's about the people - and the music.
As we value your feedback, we welcome you to share your thoughts about this year’s festival with us at our “Hear All Year Tent” on the festival site. Thanks for your understanding and ongoing support.
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