1st Award to Honour Community Festivals goes to the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba

GIMLI-Gimli’s Icelandic Festival is the first event to be recognized through Celebrate Manitoba, a new program to honour long-running festivals that showcase Manitoba’s history, artistry and cultural diversity, Premier Greg Selinger announced here today.

“This renowned festival is celebrating its 125th year of sharing the Icelandic culture that shaped the Gimli region so their selection as the first honourees in this program is both appropriate and well-earned,” said Premier Selinger. “Islendingadagurinn has been around since 1890 and is still a major highlight in Manitoba’s impressive summer festival calendar.”

The Celebrate Manitoba program was created to officially recognize cultural festivals that have celebrated the province’s heritage for 50 years or longer, the premier noted. Designated festivals will receive an official Celebrate Manitoba certificate after 50 years and festivals celebrating 100 years or more will receive a commemorative plaque.

For more information or to nominate a festival, contact the Arts Branch of Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection at 204-945-3847 in Winnipeg or visit www.gov.mb.ca/chc/artsbranch.