What is the Art and Animation Program?
The Festival Campground is home to 6,000 people during the Winnipeg Folk Festival (WFF), open July 4-8, 2018. It is a vibrant and beautiful place in Birds Hill Provincial Park where music and community are celebrated. Many campers have a tradition of creating art, making music, designing games and other group activities – all in the spirit of sharing and showcasing their ideas and work. These activities make our campground a unique experience and we embrace this creativity and engagement from campers!
We recognize the time, effort and passion that campers put into creating these projects. As a not-for-profit, registered charity we do what we can to support a select number of projects each year with a small financial contribution or free tickets, help ensuring your structure is safe for campers, advanced access to the campground and marketing and promotion.
- Submissions from individuals and groups are welcome.
- Submissions should reflect the culture and values of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
- Animators must ensure that their proposal is feasible, both physically and financially, in the form it is submitted.
- Specific animation locations are available. We will work with selected participants to find a suitable location for each project which should not take up and unreasonable amount of space, shaded area or infringe on designated roadway space.
- All projects must be designed to be safe during all hours and all types of weather in our outdoor environment. This includes:
- Using weather resistant materials, and have the ability to withstand sun, wind, rain and curious members of the campground community.
- Projects must be designed and installed in a manner that presents no danger to the public (no sharp edges or heavy elements that could fall down).
- Using solar lighting to ensure that your animation site is illuminated during hours of darkness, whether in use or not. No one wants anyone hurt or your project damaged due to someone stumbling into it in the dark.
- Designing for ease of installation and removal, as well as leaving no impact on the natural environment.
- For any large structures, agreeing to provide an engineer-approved design that meets all provincial temporary building codes.
- Projects must be self-reliant and not require external support during the festival. This includes transportation of people and/or equipment to and from performances.
- All animators must adhere to the Participant Responsibilities of the festival.
If any of the following relate to your project, you need to apply to this program:
- Metal or wood supports/frame
- A roof
- Fuel or compressed gas of any kind (propane for example)
- A raised floor/stage
- Structures more than 10’ (3m) high
- Multiple buildings/structures
Pre-festival: Participants will be responsible for transporting, installing and fully completing their projects between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM Saturday, July 6 through Monday, July 8 and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
Post-festival: Participants are responsible for deconstructing and completely removing all projects before 4:00 PM on Monday, July 15, 2019. Please remember we are a “Leave No Trace” event.
We would like to see a schedule that highlights your projects daily throughout the festival. This said, there are certain times that we require projects to not be operating:
During Main Stage hours, 6:00 PM to Midnight daily. We want everyone to be able to experience the great music on the festival site!
Between 3:00 AM and 9:00 AM daily. To help prepare for this 3:00 AM shut down we require that projects gradually wind down what they are doing between 2:00 and 3:00 AM to ease the transition.
It is important that complete information is submitted with your proposal. This is so we can assess the applications with a clear and thorough knowledge of what you wish to create and how it will be installed at the venue. Safety is the most important aspect of installing your work. You must demonstrate how you will address this for the duration of the event!
Please include the following information:
- Engineer-certified technical drawings (if required)
- Sketches of your proposal
- Ability to comply with safety requirements
- Pictures of previous works (if applicable)
Flame Performers – Additional Requirements
We are members of the Event Safety Alliance, an international organization dedicated to ensuring that entertainment venues adhere to industry standards for safety.
As a result, we will be providing all Flame Performer applicants with additional criteria that must be met to ensure safety for performers, patrons and the environment. We have no doubt that applicants are likely meeting all the criteria already and that conforming to will not be difficult, however this process will allow us to document these safety steps appropriately.