Folk festival back to four days in July, price reduced


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THE Winnipeg Folk Festival will return to a four-day format in 2015.

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THE Winnipeg Folk Festival will return to a four-day format in 2015.

Ticket prices to the festival, which will run July 9-12, will drop as a result. Early bird prices for a four-day festival ticket will be $185 in 2015, down from $225, and the four-day Festival Camping ticket price will be $260, down from $300. Like last year, kids under 12 get in free.

“We know that time and money are tight for people because we’ve heard it directly from many members of our community, including our audience and our volunteers,” executive director Lynne Skromeda says in a press release. “Moving to a four-day festival allows us to address both those concerns, while preserving the quality of the festival we all love and ensuring the continued health and sustainability of the organization.”

The Winnipeg Folk Festival moved to a five-day format in 2009 so it could bring Elvis Costello to Winnipeg, with support of a one-time funding bump from Industry Canada. Over the past few years, the marquee Wednesday night concert has played host to the likes of Feist, Tegan and Sara, City & Colour and Bonnie Raitt. Organizers say that return to the five-day format isn’t out of the question in the future, provided the opportunity is right.

There will be no changes to the camping experience. The festival and quiet campgrounds will open as usual on Wednesday, July 8, at 8 a.m., preceded by the annual Bike Ride to Site, which hundreds of festival attendees participate in annually.

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