Cease hibernating and begin celebrating: Competition du Voyageur returns with in-person, digital occasions

After going digital for a 12 months, one in every of Winnipeg’s signature winter occasions is able to welcome visitors to have a good time in particular person once more.

However for individuals who want to have a good time from house, there’ll nonetheless be a digital element to the 2022 version of the Competition du Voyageur.

After months of deliberation on how one can transfer ahead this 12 months, govt director Darrell Nadeau says he is excited to have a good time with a hybrid pageant of in-person and digital occasions.

“Our inclusive pageant provides everybody an opportunity to have a good time our joie de vivre in particular person or from house,” he informed a information convention on Thursday.

Mayor Brian Bowman, who was additionally at Thursday’s information convention, stated he hopes it provides everybody an opportunity to “have a good time this unimaginable long-lasting celebration that we’ve right here in Winnipeg” and “really feel like Be certain that they’re coming house.”

Particular person occasions within the festivities starting Friday will concentrate on out of doors celebrations. Favorites like snow sculptures, toboggan slides, snowshoeing and campfires will return to Fort Gibraltar in Whittier Park in Winnipeg’s St. Boniface neighborhood.

Skilled artist Charlie Johnson has been offering ice sculptures to the Competition du Voyageur over the previous 20 years. This 12 months, he is making a chunk he calls bear hugWhich festival-goers will have the ability to discover the precise one within the park.

The inspiration, in his phrases, was that “all of us want a bear hug nowadays.”

Charlie Johnson stands beside his unfinished statue titled Bear Hug in Fort Gibraltar. (CBC)

This 12 months the out of doors pageant will probably be smaller and extra intimate, a transfer to make sure a secure expertise for festivals amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

“I believe it recaptures among the unique spirit of the pageant – to be exterior within the winter and have a cultural expertise,” Johnson stated.

This 12 months two new ones have been added to the pageant. Bote Chanson — Music Field — and Infinite Fireplace.

Bote Chanson There’s a cellular stage that can maintain the artists heat whereas they carry out exterior within the park. Nadeau says there are plans to make use of the cellular platform for performances locally all year long.

Infinity Fireplace is a big warming station within the middle of Fort Gibraltar, which serves as a gathering place for pageant individuals.

Fireplace additionally has a deeper that means: this purple river takes the form of an infinity image in honor of Metis.

Competition-goers can even have the prospect to observe dwell leisure on the Middle Cultural Franco-Manitobene, however these concert events can even be streamed on-line for viewers wishing to observe from house.

Digital pageant programming additionally contains kids’s actions, a cultural video sequence, and take-home foods and drinks kits.

The Competition du Voyageur runs till February 27.

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