Art

Art & Animation Program

Discover art, music, games and other group activities right in your own Folk Fest backyard. Check out all the activities that make our Festival Campground a unique experience! These projects can only be viewed in the Festival Campground.

Aurora Borealis

Deep in the heart of Folk Fest, Aurora Borealis invites you to come and experience the night sky, up close! Find shade during the day, and at night immerse yourself in dancing lights that evoke the truly unique Northern Folk Experience. 

Big Games’ Big Tent of Fun

Enter the extravaganza of gameplay, festivities and fun when you walk into the world of the Big Games Tent. Filled with carnival inspired games, traditional super-sized family favourites and prizes!

‘Chute for the Stars! 

The joy of parachute play in the magical setting of the Winnipeg Folk Festival Campground. 

Folk Fest Sundial

The Folk Fest Sundial tells the time using nature and a folk fest camper. Stand in the designated spot and where your shadow falls along the hour markers is the time! The markers have festival activities listed on them and are decorated by local artists. 

Juke Joint

“We gotta lotta livin’ to do.” When the festival is done for the day, keep dancin’ to the music with nightly shows after Mainstage.

Mondegreen Lyric Board

What songs did you think you knew the lyrics to, but discovered that you were wrong? Post them here, so we all can sing-a-long!

Muisiriún Illuminé

An illuminated mushroom of epic proportions - a mystical sight sure to enchant the eye. 

Pink Elephant on the Prairie

Let's talk about the elephant in the campground…put together like an oversized 3D puzzle, this whimsical piece of art will be sure to catch your eye. Catch a bit of shade under its surrounding chandelier umbrellas.

Prairie Dreams

“Out in the field where the Bison fly, there’s a Prairie dream for you and I.” Come visit this oversized mobile and have yourself a daydream.

Psychedelic Trojan Horse

“Quit horsing around” The Psychedelic Trojan Horse is back again this year to give you great views of the Festival Campground during the day and a guiding beacon of light at night.

Pyramid of Greats

This four-tiered pyramid will feature routered images of legendary folk artists, illuminated from the inside at night. Join us at the Pyramid of Greats, to sing, laugh and celebrate artists of days gone by.

Sacred Sircus

Within the Sircus Tent, a stage for evening performance, a puppet stage for creating and staging shows with puppets built by campers and Flaming Trolley crew, as well as a meditation area and daily campground parades. Creative Consensual Community Commons is what Sacred Sircus promotes!

T-shirt Remix

Armed with scissors, thread, crafting materials, and imagination folkies restyle old t-shirts into chic eco-friendly wearable DIY designs of their own creation.

Tangled in Blue

Tangled in Blue is a socially and spatially engaging infrastructure that encourages spontaneity within the festival community.  It’s loosely defined spaces and boundaries invite one to wander through or to sit and stay, to take a nap or to play. As day turns to night, the structure begins to glow creating a whole new landscape for possible activities. 

Vintage Flash Tattoo Parlour

Vintage Flash Tattoo Parlour has been a part of the Festival Campground experience since 2013, offering free temporary rubber stamp and hand-drawn tattoos to folkies of all ages! Vintage Flash isn’t just a creative spot to get tattooed, it’s also a great spot to escape the beating summer sun, occasional downpour of rain and the perfect place for late night music jams!

Vinyl Village

Vinyl Village is for everyone and anyone. Spontaneous music to create, enjoy and collaborate. All levels of participation are welcome! 

The Wardrobe Revival

The Wardrobe is a magical closet full of tails, tutus and more. Make your festival a fashionable one, find something you love, then return it when you are done!

Yoga Fun for Everyone

Recharge yourself with Yoga Fun for Everyone! Daily morning sessions, with two newly added times on Thursday and Friday afternoon. You don’t need experience or even a mat to enjoy a class. Everyone welcome.

The Yurts

During the day, the big yurt provides over 200 square feet of shelter from the sun and rain – with space to relax, jam or do some yoga. Swing by Wednesday and Thursday to participate in a community art project to be on display for the remainder of the weekend. At night, enjoy the solar LED light show that will light up the yurts.

Prairie Outdoor Exhibition

Art at Folk Fest comes in all shapes and forms – from the music on stage to the creative wardrobe of the crowd – we welcome it all! We are especially proud of the wonderful art installations that are part of our Prairie Outdoor Exhibition. This year we have some returning artists, who will be putting a new spin on some of our favourites; as well as some incredible new projects that will inspire and delight festival-goers young and old.

Truth by KC Adams

In Ojibway culture, the turtle represents truth, making wise decisions, leading a good life and walking the path of truth. Along the entrance pathway, folkies will be greeted by a family of turtles. They can learn more about the teachings by finding small ceramic turtles that will be placed around the festival site. Once they are found, viewers can take a picture with the turtles and post it on social media using the hashtag #WFFTurtles.

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Prairie Dome by Grace Boyd

The Prairie Dome is a whimsical woven structure inspired by the soul of the prairies. A welcoming and magical space made of grasses, willows, reeds and branches for prairie folks to rest, play, story tell, dream and celebrate the magic of Folk Fest.

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Labyrinth by James Culleton

A labyrinth, unlike a maze, is made up of one continuous path with no obstacles, it’s designed as a tool for healing, meditation and contemplation. The labyrinth can offer its participant insight into unanswered questions. This has become a tradition at the Winnipeg Folk Fest!

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The Geometry of Fruit by Alison Doerksen

Alison will be arranging flowers and flower parts on beds of sand to create giant designs. This year in celebration of the beauty and geometry of fruit, a traditional and longstanding snack of choice for festivalgoers in the summer heat to stay hydrated and keep you up on your vitamins! These ephemeral works of art have become an annual favourite to see throughout the festival site.

Seeds of Intention by Laura Lee Harasym & Andre Peloquin-Hopfner

Our intentions for the future are rooted in our traditions, beliefs and experiences. Reflect on your intentions for the future, write them down, and plant them in this box. Spin the box to set them in motion. As our diverse intentions mix, we collaborate for a better future. Plant your seeds and watch them grow.

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Spirits of Nature by Mandel Hitzer & Stephanie Porrior

Spirits of Nature draws on a conglomeration of fantasies, folk tales and mythologies. They stimulate the imaginations of the festival goers of all ages in an interactive way and bring wonder to the festival grounds. Gnomes have passed into the festival grounds through a magical gateway. Forest-dwelling creatures such as Bigfoot, a centaur and even the elusive unicorn have also been sighted. Keep your eyes open!

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The Prairie Booth by Nicholas Iskierski & Natasha Lowenthal

The Prairie Booth is becoming a festival tradition of its own. Stop by for an interactive visit to see how it's evolved for this year's festival. Not only will we bring back the I-spy challenge, we will introduce a quiz with fun facts about the history of the festival that span four and a half decades. Check it out for a fun look back at the origins of the traditions of the Winnipeg Folk Fest.

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Strumming Through the Years by Glen Knapp

The guitar represents melody, contentment, happiness, peace, self-realization, and familiarity with the spiritualistic attributes and positivism of life. The spirit of this is captured within the body of the guitar as represented by imagery evoking reminiscences of festivals past with a nod to the present and the future.

Happiest when engaged in anything creative independently, collaboratively and collectively no matter the means or methods of execution taken to best visually illustrate and communicate my experiences, and philosophies on life, living, and the world around me.

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Bio-luminescent Spiders by Ryan Lacovetsky, Matthew Lew & Robert Brosi

Bio-Luminescent Spiders is an exhibit by the artists at Shine Glassworks. Artists Ryan Lacovetsky, Matt Lew and Robert Brosi have created several of these glowing arachnids, which can be viewed in their natural habitat up in the trees. During the day, these spiders display beautiful translucent patterns, but after dark, they glow a beautiful phosphorescent green.

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Dance before the music is over... by Ursula Neufeld

Look for this life-sized dancing figure adorned with clothing made out of Folk song sheets. Ursula is a Mosaic Artist whose community/school mosaics can be spotted throughout the world. She loves to create by experimenting with unusual materials and techniques and exploring the infinite possibilities for interplay between composition and materials. 

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Zigzag by Gwendolyn Penner

Where you are standing changes what you see. From some angles, you may recognize a Folk Fest tradition. From other angles, you may find a spot waiting for your artwork. So, drop by, draw on a block of wood and hang it on the wall to make your mark! Zigzag is a collaborative art project that uses the lenticular art form where two images are painted onto an accordion type surface. The images are revealed to the viewer depending on the angle they are viewing it from.

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Traditions of The Prefab by Cyrus Smith

Traditions of The Prefab provides a moment of contemplation and wonder outside of the gallery setting. It serves as a visual interruption in the observer’s regular course that is not corporate advertising. The Prefab is a rare treasure that a person can take at face value with no strings attached. Now that is a wonderful thing.

The remnants of prior Prefab installments still live throughout the festival grounds, and making new additions year after year creates a growing, ever-changing work of art. The 2018 theme of “Traditions” will inspire pieces that feature facts about the land that is Birds Hill Provincial Park and its history, memorable moments of the festival and other quirky rituals of attendees.

solis musica tempore by Rick Unger

Sun, music, time: three aspects shared between Folk Fest and this sundial. Born from the remains of a cremated piano, this restrung frame casts its shadow onto the 16 instruments necks arrayed around it, marking the movement of the sun and the subsequent passage of time.

Crocus Tent by Karen Wardle

From day stages to the Main Stage, to campgrounds, pitching a tent is a tradition at the festival. In honour of this tradition and inspired by Manitoba’s provincial flower, the Crocus Tent is a hand painted floral haven for festival goers. This cheerful sculpture will provide a small patch of shade to rest under. 

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Stage Murals

GREEN ASH
What’s Your Frequency? by ML Kenneth

SPRUCE HOLLOW
Blue Morning by Julia Dennis

SNOWBERRY
Wildflowers by Alison Froese

LITTLE STAGE IN THE FOREST
Box Car by Ian August and Temperance McDonald

SHADY GROVE
Folks in the Front Row by Dan Saidman

BUR OAK
Band by Elizabeth Yonza

CHICKADEE BIG TOP
Oak Tree by Alison Froese and David Foster

BIG BLUESTEM
Untitled by EN MASSE