Manitoba

Folklorama kicks off 47th year in Winnipeg

For the next two weeks, Winnipeggers can visit many world destinations without even stepping on a plane — Sunday marked the first day of Folklorama's 47th year in the city.

This year's festival includes 45 different pavilions, according to organizers

As evening fell in Winnipeg on Sunday, a small leprechaun stood at the doors of the city's Soul Sanctuary. 1:17

As evening fell in Winnipeg on Sunday, a small leprechaun stood at the doors of the city's Soul Sanctuary.

"If you kiss that stone right there, you'll have the gift of the gab forever," he said, pointing to a stone on the ground.

"Believe me … you'll never be able to shut up."

It was only the beginning of the Irish Pavilion's entertainment for the evening, which also included food, dancing, music and bright, intricate costumes.

And for the next two weeks, Ireland is one of many world destinations those in Winnipeg may visit without even stepping on a plane — Sunday marked the first day of Folklorama's 47th year in the city.

There he is, the tiny leprechaun that greeted and thrilled people as they walked into the Irish pavilion on Sunday on the first night of Folklorama's 47th year. (Cliff Simpson/CBC)

The multicultural celebration is off to a great start. On the first evening, hundreds visited one or more of 23 pavilions that opened its doors for week one of the two-week festival.

Dancers dazzled the crowd with their routines and costumes at the Irish pavilion on Sunday night. (Cliff Simpson/CBC)

Brazil's pavilion also featured dancers, drummers, food and music.

In the next two weeks, organizers say more than 45 pavilions will open their doors to the public, giving people a chance to educate themselves about other cultures.

Bright colours, dancing and music kicked off Brazil's pavilion at Winnipeg's 47th year of Folklorama on Sunday night. (Thomas Asselin/CBC)

The first week of Folklorama wraps up on Aug. 6 and week two goes from Aug. 7 to Aug. 13.