The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will celebrate its grand opening in September with RightsFest, a two-day celebration featuring music, dance, art and more in downtown Winnipeg.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will be among the performers at RightsFest, which runs Sept. 20 and 21.

There will also be indie rock, traditional dancing, spoken-word performances and children's activities throughout the weekend, museum officials said Thursday.

The two-day event, which follows the museum's official opening ceremony on Sept. 19, will have more than 40 free performances and programs on various stages and venues at The Forks, where the museum is located, from morning until late afternoon.

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights officially opens Sept. 19. It will be followed by RightsFest, a weekend-long public celebration. (Michael Fazio/CBC)

Many of the performances will have a human rights theme, including a collaboration between the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, an Israeli folk dance ensemble, and the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.

Other performers will include 100 Decibels, a deaf mime troupe, and Shannon Bear, a traditional First Nations dancer and human-rights activist.

A Manitoba Music Showcase featuring a number of local bands, including Bros. Landreth and Royal Canoe, will round out the daytime programming on Saturday afternoon, followed by a free outdoor concert on Saturday evening.

The museum will host free "preview" tours of some of its galleries during the opening weekend. Tickets for the tours will be available through the museum's website starting Sept. 3.