Our Organization

Mission & Values

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round arts organization that presents one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals each July.


Creating experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people and music.



We work with others who share our values to achieve our goals and build something greater. We cherish the culture of volunteerism and generosity of spirit that are the lifeblood of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.


We inspire and engage our community by presenting strong and diverse talent, nurturing creativity and promoting artistic freedom.


We create environments that are welcoming, safe, accessible and respectful. We honour authenticity and celebrate diversity within our community. 


As leaders within the local and national arts community, we embrace best practices, share our expertise and learn from the experience of others.


We respect the contributions of those who have created our culture and organization. We are adaptable, resilient and thrive throughout change. 

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Artistic Vision

Artistic Vision

Music is powerful. It changes perceptions, inspires imaginations, and impacts lives in a personal and meaningful way.



The Winnipeg Folk Festival Board of Directors is a diverse group of community leaders and key decision makers who provide strategic leadership to the organization.

Our Organization

Our Organization

The inaugural Winnipeg Folk Festival was held in 1974 in Birds Hill Provincial Park on Treaty 1 territory and homeland of the Métis nation, 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.