Folklore Festival Set to Bring the World to Thunder Bay

Munzeroy Dancing
Munzeroy Neekan celebrating Indigenous Culture

Kaminari Wan Taiko Japanese Drummers — at FOLKLORE FESTIVAL. Jamie Bananish ©2014
Kaminari Wan Taiko Japanese Drummers — at FOLKLORE FESTIVAL. Jamie Bananish ©2014

Travel the World in 48 Hours

THUNDER BAY – This weekend at Fort William Gardens you can travel the world, all in under 48 hours. The Folklore Festival – One of the city’s most popular and exciting events featuring all the the cultures of our community gets going at noon on Saturday and goes into Sunday evening.

There is lots to see and do, you can watch the ongoing stage show featuring all the dance and music of the world.

You can experience foods from around the world, at the very busy and popular food fair.

There is a great children’s area and lots for everyone to see and do.

Make plans NOT to miss the 2016 Folklore Festival.

Ukrainian Dancers at Folklore Festival
Ukrainian Dancers at Folklore Festival

Entertainment Schedule Saturday, April 30th

12:20: Swapna Akhtari, Harmonium Player
12:30: Collin Clowes local singer/songwriter
12:40: Thunder Bay Chinese Canadian Association Tai Chi Group
12:50: Bangladesh Association of Thunder Bay
1:00: The MacGillivray Pipe Band
1:20: India Canada
1:30: Lakehead Chinese Folk Music Group
1:45:Thunder Bay Chinese-Canadian Association – “The Lion Dance”
2:00:”OPENING CEREMONIES” with the Parade of Nations
“O Canada” Daylin James

2:45: BREAK
3:00: Celtic Rhythms (Irish Step Dancers)
3:15: Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group
3:35: Lakehead Japanese Cultural Association Fuji Dancers
3:45: World Dance Centre
4:00: Edwin Panamania Latin Street Dancing
4:10: BREAK
4:30: Junior Portuguese Folklore Dancers
4:40: Chinese Folklore Dance Group
4:50: Filipino Canadian Association of Thunder Bay
5:05: Morgan’s School of Highland Dancing
5:15: The Pipes & Drums of Thunder Bay
5:35: Academy Aprah, School of Middle Eastern Dance and Drum of Thunder Bay
5:45: Nancy Doetzel
5:55: Arabella Middle Eastern Dance Academy
6:05: SUPPER BREAK
7:30: Saturday Feature Entertainers – “Ti Amo” – “Dance to Today’s HITS, Italian favourites, and great dance music!
Saturday, April 30th 7:30pm—10:30pm: HOT! HOT! HOT!

The aroma of grilled chicken is filling the air all over downtown Fort William. Folklore Festival lets you try the best foods from around the world.
The aroma of grilled chicken is filling the air all over downtown Fort William. Folklore Festival lets you try the best foods from around the world.

Entertainment Schedule Sunday, May 1st

12:30: Alpini Choir Kick off Day 2 of Folklore
12:50: Edwin Panamania Latin Street Dancing
1:00: Le Stelle Alpine Italian Performing Arts Association
1:30: The Pipes & Drums of Thunder Bay
1:50: Kiikurit Finnish Folk Dancers
2:05 :Lakehead Chinese Folk Dance Group
2:15: Bangladesh Association of Thunder Bay
2:25: Thunder Bay Chinese Canadian Association Tai Chi Group
2:35: Nancy Doetzel
2:45: BREAK
3:05: Kaminari Wan Taiko Japanese Drummers
3:20: Zorya Ukrainian Dance Association
3:50: World Dance Centre
4:05: Morgan’s School of Highland Dancing
4:15: Junior Portuguese Folklore Dancers
4:25: Filipino Canadian Association of Thunder Bay
4:40: Academy Aprah, School of Middle Eastern Dance and Drum of Thunder Bay
4:50: BREAK
5:10: Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group
5:30: First Nation Dancers
5:55: Arabella Middle Eastern Dance Academy
6:05: Lakehead Chinese Folk Music Group
6:25: Swapna Akhtari, Harmonium Player
6:35: India Canada
6:45: The Amazing “Daylin James”
7:00: “Closing Ceremonies”
Theme: “Canada, a dynamic nation of diversity and many cultures”
A “Trip for 2 anywhere Porter flies” Free Draw** Courtesy of Porter Airlines
** Some conditions apply
· Winner must be PRESENT to win!
· Draw will be made during the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, May 1, 2016 shortly after 7pm at the Fort William Gardens
· The Front Doors will be opened at 6:30pm Sunday to allow free admission for the Draw but no more ballots will be available once the free admission occurs.

*SUBJECT TO CHANGE