I think we have a lot of interesting people, interesting characters. Other cities have their landmarks. In my opinion, it's the people who are our landmarks.
—Nereo Eugenio - Artist
An unexpected flash mob descended on Broadway Avenue today, announcing the third annual ManyFest in downtown Winnipeg. Billed as Winnipeg's biggest downtown street party, the festival will feature tons of entertainment, art, dancing in the streets, a marketplace, wine and cheese and a giant movie in Memorial Park. This year's film is Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon.
"If we can put it into a weekend, we did," says Tricialynn Morgan, events coordinator. New this year is MiniFest Kids' Zone for the younger set.
The festival is about celebrating community and active living, too. So pull out your running shoes for a race or your bike for "ciclovia" on Sunday. The 10 & 10 Race includes a 10 kilometer race, 10 mile race and five kilometer family fun run. Ciclovia takes cyclists, runners and walkers from Assiniboine Park to the Forks along the car-free streets.
On Saturday evening the big highlight will be Lights on Broadway with the inaugural living "Parade of Lights." You can participate by picking up a candle or lighting up your bike at one of the lighting stations and joining in the parade, taking in performances along the way.
"With events like ManyFest, we're seeing communities become more active, more engaged, excited about our downtown and all it has to offer," says Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ.. "This festival is just another opportunity to celebrate and be proud of our city and be proud of our downtown."
Nereo Eugenio gave a demonstration of his "live art" at today's media event and will be participating in ManyFest this weekend. He enjoys creating art in front of a live audience. "It exposes everyone to our dynamic, diverse culture in Winnipeg," he says. "I think we have a lot of interesting people, interesting characters. Other cities have their landmarks. In my opinion, it's the people who are our landmarks."
ManyFest takes place on Broadway September 7 - 9.