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Affording the folk festival

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The Free Press touts the new Winnipeg Folk Festival price structure as a break for families (Folk fest gives families a break, Nov. 15). Really?

I have been going to the festival for more than 20 years, and for the past five or so of those with my wife and two children.

Last summer, a five-day pass for a family with two kids between ages five and 14 cost $456. Next summer it will be $450. The adult ticket price increase eats up virtually any savings.

But here is the shocker. In 2013, five-day passes for a family of four with two children aged 13 and 14 cost $456. In 2014 it will be $720.

The Edmonton Folk Festival, at which many of the Winnipeg festival acts perform, would cost my family $480. One-day tickets there are $20. Here they are $58.

I am also forced to purchase a five-day pass but can only attend on the weekend. This is a price hike that has been built in for the past few years.

The folk festival has become an upper-middle-class event. It is far from the days when everyone could go and see what it is all about.

Thanks for the memories.

KEVIN SLIPPERT

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 20, 2013 A8

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