Media accreditation applications are currently close and open annually in May.

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Media Releases

Media Accreditation

All media requesting media access to the Winnipeg Folk Fest must be accredited by Winnipeg Folk Fest staff in advance of the event. Staff will not be accrediting media on-site.

Please read the Media Guidelines below CAREFULLY before filling out the Media Accreditation Application.

The Winnipeg Folk Fest cannot guarantee you will receive the number of passes requested.

General Criteria

Limited Passes Available
Due to the high volume of requests that we receive, we cannot accept all requests. Please note that you are not guaranteed to receive a media pass even if you covered a previous edition of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Freelance Writers and Photographers
Freelance writers and photographers must be on assignment to a media outlet. The media outlet must fill in the request for you.

Blogs and Webzines
A limited number of credentials are available for bloggers and webzines. Please help us by providing detailed information on the nature of coverage you are planning to produce and be sure to let us know how many followers/visitors you have.

Band Photographers
If you are affiliated with a band, you must obtain your passes from the band's guest list. Please note that we will not be accepting requests from filmmakers doing band documentaries.

Media Guidelines

Pit Access
Photo pit access allows one photographer with an SLR camera per media outlet per performance for the first three songs ONLY (no flash) for most performances. The number of photographers who have access to the photo pit will be limited.

Photo Permissions
Artist images taken in the pit are NOT permitted for personal use and should be used for your media outlet ONLY. In your application, you agree to ensure that those images will not be available for sale to third parties.

Audio/Visual Recordings
Accreditation to the Winnipeg Folk Fest does NOT permit media to record audio or video of performances.

Backstage Access
Media may NOT access the backstage area/under the tent canopy of any daytime stage. Your media pass grants access to the Winnipeg Folk Fest site up to and as far as the Media Tent.

Please remember that some of these restrictions are imposed due to safety concerns and artist requests.

Festival Campground Media Policy
Our Festival Campground is a no-media zone, and our campers have come to expect that media will not be there. It's a special place where people are free to be creative and expressive without being concerned about being under a lens. On the Festival site, feel free to approach people, ask if they're camping and how their experience is going. We also don't allow any photography in the campground where people can be identified, out of respect for their privacy.

Do you have a media inquiry? Reach out to our communications department through the form below.

Media Inquiry Form