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Wailin’ Wednesday: Are You Wearing Pink Today?

Wailin’ Wednesday: Are You Wearing Pink Today?

There were many bright spots spotted on the streets today (and in our office). These folks were donning pink as a symbol of solidarity to celebrate diversity and end bullying on this International Day of Pink.

We brought festival-alumni Shane Koyczan back to town this weekend for a sold out show. 

Shane Koyczan had the crowd join him on stage at the West End Cultural Centre Sunday night.  Photo: Matt Duboff

Shane Koyczan became a well-known Canadian poet almost over night when the video he created for To This Day went viral. The impactful piece was viewed over 15,000,000 times and garnered international media attention. His anti-bullying message was shared around the globe. Shane wrote the poem, as he explains, “to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual."

Watch the video, which is comprised of segments from 86 animators and motion artists.

Like this video was a catalyst for connecting so many artists, our festival joins all of us. There’s such diversity in our folk community and we’re thankful for the opportunity to celebrate it at Birds Hill Park every summer. No matter where we come from, we all walk down the path and through the trees and find common ground in front of those tented stages where we share our passion of music. It’s a wonderful thing!

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The inaugural Winnipeg Folk Festival was held in 1974 as a one-time celebration to mark Winnipeg’s 100th anniversary. It was a free event and attracted an estimated audience of 22,000 over the three-day weekend.

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