FOLKLORE FESTIVAL 2017 PRESS RELEASE

For:            IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:           May7th, 2017

Contacts:    Michelle Lander-McKenzie, Folklore Festival Coordinator (345-0551) Cell 474-6702

Jeanetty Jumah, Chair, Promotions (622-3710) jjumah@gmail.com Cell 633-0802

 

FOLKLORE FESTIVAL 2017 A RESOUNDING SUCCESS!

 Folklore Festival 2017 proved another resounding success with over 13,000 people "Travelling the World" at the 2-day event.  Early Sunday it looked like the Festival would be at slightly over 12,000 people but then came the tremendous support for the Syrian dancers who took the Stage at 3:55.  The Main Arena was packed with cheering and clapping visitors and the Food Court filled as people rushed to enjoy the final international suppers at Folklore Festival taking the number much higher.  The support shown to the Syrian refugees recently arriving in Thunder Bay was heart-warming, a true reflection of our Canadian spirit, as Folklore also celebrated Canada 150.

The bustling crowd enjoyed 19 International Food Booths including the new Mexico/Columbian/Argentina Booth and the return of the Finnish Food Booth plus the TBMA Liquor Booth, the talented performers who graced the Entertainment on the Main Stage, a Children’s Area packed with all free activities, superb exhibits, "shop-the-world" booths, Goodwill Ambassadors, and artists. The very popular Children’s Area celebrating Canada 150 featured free face-painting, the Children’s Bouncy Inflatable courtesy of a new Sponsor, Tbaytel and a host of popular crafts. The HOT Band "21 Gun Fun", had visitors dancing, rocking and enjoying music from Canada and around the World. The enchanting and lively Opening Ceremonies, the "Parade of Nations" featured 14 different performances from areas all over the world including Edwin's Panamania Latin Dancing, the elegant Thai dancers, Le Stelle Alpine Italian Dancers, the beauty of the India, and many more.

With highflying Ukrainian dancers, the awe-inspiring First Nations Dancers performance with the stage filled with a drumming group and amazing dancers, Pipe Bands, Kiikurit Finnish Folk Dancers, the Kaminari Wan Taiko Japanese Drummers, the Filipino Tinikling Dance, the Flamenco, and so many more beautiful performances on the Main Stage, Folklore showcased the rich diversity of Canada with respect and pride.

The winner of the “free Stay-Cation Draw” courtesy of the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre was Mona White of Thunder Bay.

A big thank you to all the visitors, sponsors, the local media for their support, entertainers, Food Booth groups, exhibitors, artists, ambassadors, the Folklore Festival Committee and our wonderful volunteers who helped to make Folklore Festival 2017 a tremendous success. We look forward to our 45th Folklore on May 5-6, 2018.