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

Download our media kit for Festival assets, approved Festival photos and concert assets!

Media Releases

General Information

Affiliated Applicants Only
All applicants must be affiliated with a news outlet. Additional media passes will not be granted for unaffiliated guests.

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 per media outlet per performance for the first three songs ONLY (no flash) for most performances please check with the Media Tent for artist photo restrictions. 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. This pass does NOT grant access to the backstage area, artist lounge, or the green room.

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 the 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, and ask if they're camping and how their experience is.

All applications must be received by May 31, 2024. Please note we will NOT accept late or incomplete requests.

Once you fill in the form, you will receive an auto-reply, confirming your request. If you don’t receive the reply, your request has not been submitted correctly. Please try again.

All applicants will be contacted with confirmation or denial of the request along with further instructions. Please DO NOT contact us with questions regarding the status of your application.

Media Pass Information

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

Media Inquiry Form