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A girl enjoys the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park on Wednesday's opening night.

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I have attended the Winnipeg Folk Festival for the past 15 years and look forward to the music, atmosphere and food each year.

However, over the past several years, as the price of admission has risen steadily, I began to think that the festival was becoming an exclusively middle-class event.

For a family of four to attend the festival, they would have to fork over almost $700, give or take a few dollars, depending on their organization skills.

Your July 11 editorial, At 40: well done, notes that the event no longer reflects the diversity of our city, and this is no surprise given the cost of attending.

Folk festivals traditionally were an opportunity to gather and share music that was spurred by social justice issues, protest songs, and storytelling put to music by voices representing communities.

Funny how the music and the story have become such big business that those very issues being sung about are accessible only to those who will never experience most of what spurred the song in the first place.

CARMEN LOPEZ

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 12, 2013 A10

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