Communities across province hosting events that celebrate the season


Manitobans are encouraged to head out to one of the many festivals being held this winter to check out the different entertainment opportunities offered across the province.

"The province proudly supports a number of winter festivals that provide Manitoba families the opportunity to explore the beauty and wonder of the winter season across the province," said culture, heritage and tourism minister Flor Marcelino in a release. "From celebrating our history at Festival du Voyageur to listening to great music at the Brandon Jazz Festival, these festivals offer something for everyone."

This year, the province is providing more than $426,000 in grants through a number of programs to support winter festivals across the province including:

* the Lieutenant Governor's Winter Festival from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in Brandon;

* the New Music Festival from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 in Winnipeg;

* Blizzard Fest from Feb. 8 to 9 in Carman;

* the Grand Marais Family Festival from Feb. 8 to 10;

* the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival from Feb. 13 to 17 in The Pas;

* Festival du Voyageur from Feb. 15 to 24 in Winnipeg;  

* Aurora Winterfest from March 15 to 24 in Churchill;

* the Brandon Jazz Festival from March 14 to 16;

* Cormorant Aboriginal Days from March 13 to 16;

* Festival Manipogo de Saint-Laurent from March 7 to 10;

* Freeze Frame, the International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages from March 2 to 10 in Winnipeg; and

* the Lundar Winter Carnival from March 15 to 17.

"We know that festivals in rural and northern communities are a key to bringing friends and families together to celebrate and share experiences," said Marcelino.  "We're proud to provide these kinds of grant opportunities to support the work of people in rural areas and the north."

Manitoba news release