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Folklorama showcases what makes Burrows outstanding

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From left to right: Tiffany Corby, Dustin Hradowy, Melanie Wight and Cody 
Hrytsay at the Ukrainian pavilion.

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From left to right: Tiffany Corby, Dustin Hradowy, Melanie Wight and Cody Hrytsay at the Ukrainian pavilion. Photo Store

Our dynamic community is one of the most diverse in the province.

With people of all ages and many different personal histories and cultures, our neighbourhood brings a vibrancy that is second to none, and it is always growing.  Dozens of different languages are spoken in Burrows, including Tagalog, Portuguese, Ukrainian, Punjabi, Polish, Ojibwa, German, Italian and more.

One of my favourite things about summer is getting to meet people in our communities and learn about their cultures, whether it be through conversations on the doorstep, at a community event, at my office or at Folklorama, where I ran into many of you.

This year’s Folklorama was incredible!  Two weeks and over 40 pavilions later, I am still not ready to be done.

Folklorama showcases so much of what makes Manitoba — and Burrows — an
outstanding place to live and visit: the appreciation of diversity, celebration of cultures, strong community, active volunteerism and collective understanding. I cannot commend the ethnic communities’ 20,000 volunteers and festival organizers enough for this top-notch two-week event, the biggest and longest-running celebration of its kind in the world.  

Folklorama really has something for everyone. Whether you go for the delicious cuisine, lively dancing or beautiful melodies, you leave every pavilion with a better understanding of their culture and lasting excitement to learn more.  

So many people who live in our communities are active in putting on Folklorama pavilions and I am so proud of their impressive contributions. Seeing community members both young and old involved as volunteers and festival-goers reminds me why I wanted to be an MLA in the first place: to best serve the wonderful people in my constituency and all over the province.

Displaying our cultures and, in turn, experiencing those of others is something I hope we will never take for granted.  My neighbours are connected to almost every part of the world and I feel most fortunate to learn from people who have had diverse experiences.  

Our cultural diversity is important to who we are as a province and that’s why I’m proud to be part of a government that is continuing to invest in our communities. Several cultural centres will receive funding for upgrades thanks to the new Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program. Some of these renovations include upgrades to facilities, such as the kitchens, washrooms and conference areas to help make Folklorama even more of a memorable
experience for years to come.

To see Folklorama pictures and my photo slide shows, please check out MelanieWightMLA on Facebook. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 204-421-9414 or send an email to: Melanie.Wight@YourManitoba.ca

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