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George Scott (left) and Cathy Dyck perform a combat enactment at the Round Table restaurant in Winnipeg to help kick off the 124th Icelandic Festival of Manitoba this weekend in Gimli.

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George Scott (left) and Cathy Dyck perform a combat enactment at the Round Table restaurant in Winnipeg to help kick off the 124th Icelandic Festival of Manitoba this weekend in Gimli.

It’s the August long weekend, and at least three Manitoba communities are hosting festivals celebrating their unique ethnicity, culture and heritage.

The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, or Islendingadagurin, kicks off today in the lakeside town of Giml, about an hour north of Winnipeg. It includes a midway, beach volleyball, Amma’s kitchen, folk festival, fine art show, sandcastle building contest, New Iceland historic and cultural exhibits, traditional program and parade.

Check out www.icelandicfestival.com for more information.

Also today, Canada's National Ukrainian Festival begins in Dauphin.

It’s a celebration of Ukraine’s independence, where patrons can experience old traditions and culture through song, dance, costume and Ukrainian cuisine.

Visit www.cnuf.ca got more details.

Just 40 minutes east of Winnipeg, Steinbach Pioneer Days starts today.

The festival celebrates pioneer life with interpretive demonstrations such as butter churning, threshing, log cutting and quilting. Auction sale, horse show, children's events and barbecues.

See www.mennoniteheritagevillage.com for more information.

On Sunday, Folklorama - Canada's Cultural Celebration -- starts its two-week run in Winnipeg.

The festival showcases cultures from around the world, with over 40 pavilions, expressed in culture, food and art.

Details are at www.folklorama.ca.

 

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