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416K take in Folklorama fare this summer

Dancers perform at the Ukrainian Pavilion. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)
Bright-coloured costumes and acrobatics are part of the Ukrainian Pavilion's popularity. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)
The Splendore d'Italia dancers perform the 'Tarantella' at the Italian Pavilion. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Dancers in colourful costumes perform in the Brazilian pavilion.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Viva Brazil perform Capoeira in the Brazilian pavilion.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Viva Brazil perform Capoeira at the Brazilian Pavilion. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
A dancer with Viva Brazil does a flip in the Brazilian pavilion.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A dancer performs in the Brazilian pavilion.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A dancer performs in the Chilean pavilion during the second week of Folklorama.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A costumed male dancer performs in the Chilean pavilion.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Dancers perform in the Chilean pavilion. (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A dancer in the Ireland-Irish pavilion performs during the second week of Folklorama on Sunday.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Young dancers perform in the Ireland-Irish pavilion.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Dancers perform at the Pavillon canadien-français. The pavilion is at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain in St. Boniface.
Dancers perform in the Pavillon canadien-francaise during the second week of Folklorama.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Performers take to the stage in the Pavillon canadien-francaise.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A pair of dancers perform in the Pavillon canadien-francaise. (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Costumed male dancers perform in the Brazilian pavilion.  (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Dancers perform at the Ukrainian Pavilion. - (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)
Bright-coloured costumes and acrobatics are part of the Ukrainian Pavilion's popularity. - (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)
The Splendore d'Italia dancers perform the 'Tarantella' at the Italian Pavilion. - (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Dancers in colourful costumes perform in the Brazilian pavilion. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Viva Brazil perform Capoeira in the Brazilian pavilion. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Viva Brazil perform Capoeira at the Brazilian Pavilion. - (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
A dancer with Viva Brazil does a flip in the Brazilian pavilion. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A dancer performs in the Brazilian pavilion. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A dancer performs in the Chilean pavilion during the second week of Folklorama. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A costumed male dancer performs in the Chilean pavilion. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Dancers perform in the Chilean pavilion. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A dancer in the Ireland-Irish pavilion performs during the second week of Folklorama on Sunday. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Young dancers perform in the Ireland-Irish pavilion. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Dancers perform at the Pavillon canadien-français. The pavilion is at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain in St. Boniface.
Dancers perform in the Pavillon canadien-francaise during the second week of Folklorama. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Performers take to the stage in the Pavillon canadien-francaise. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A pair of dancers perform in the Pavillon canadien-francaise. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Costumed male dancers perform in the Brazilian pavilion. - (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

Plenty of folks took in Folklorama in Winnipeg this year.

The annual summer festival of global culture drew 416,600 visitors to the 46 different pavilions over the two-week event -- preliminary figures that are slightly up over last year.

Visitors to the Ethiopia pavilion had an opportunity to indulge in traditional Ethiopian food and learn about the country's culture while being entertained by music and performances on stage.

PHOTO BY JORDAN THOMPSON

Visitors to the Ethiopia pavilion had an opportunity to indulge in traditional Ethiopian food and learn about the country's culture while being entertained by music and performances on stage.

The festival drew just over 405,000 people to the 43 available pavilions in 2012.

Those three extra pavilions is one reason for the slight uptick in numbers, organizers say. Another reason for the 11,600 bump in attendance: the calendar. Last summer, Folklorama went up against the 2012 Summer Olympics, which kept more people at home in front of their television sets.

In 2011, attendance reached 432,000 at 45 pavilions.

Folklorama 2013, which wrapped up Saturday, included visitors from around the world, with performing groups from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Hungary, Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine and the United States making the trip to Manitoba for the 44th annual celebration.

Organizers said 13 international tour groups (11 from the United States, two from Japan) took in the event. All told, 124 group tours descended on the various pavilions.

Folklorama will next be held Aug. 3 to 16, 2014.

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