Downtown BIZ Announces New Festival Partnership: Flash Photography Festival


June 24, 2014



Downtown Winnipeg – The first ever annual photographic festival in Winnipeg – Flash Photography Festival – will take place during the month of October, popping up in various restaurants, coffee shops, and stores throughout downtown Winnipeg. Local photographers, artists, and design enthusiasts can participate by installing displays in a venue of their choosing. Instructional seminars on photography skills, artist talks, and alternative process demonstrations will also take place throughout the festival.

“Seen in cities across Canada, photography festivals have positively impacted their city centres as participating venues often see increased food traffic and revenue,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “We’re proud to support the local arts community through this new festival partnership. Downtown Winnipeg continues to serve as the premier destination for culture, arts and entertainment in the city. We’re sure to see even more people in our downtown frequenting local businesses to check out world-class photography during this month long celebration.”

Dozens of local photographers and artists like Michael Grandmaison, Robert Borden, and Rebecca Schroeder will showcase stunning images. This can all be seen in numerous venues across the city in such temporary spaces as a city centre pubs, cafes, restaurants, vacant storefronts, and the lobby of Manitoba Hydro. Hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ in partnership with Flash Photography Festival, a special evening event will take place at the end of October to connect downtown business owners with photographers, highlighting the importance of art and design and how it is good for business.

“Winnipeg is known as a festival city, but does not have a proper photographic festival, so we are going to make one,” says Leif Norman, Executive Producer of Flash Photography Festival. “Everyone I have talked to has been excited and incredibly supportive about the idea, so it must be an idea worth making real.”

Flash Photo Festival would like to thank its sponsors: Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and The Lab Works. Visit for more details.

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For more information, please contact:

Leif Norman, Executive Producer

Flash Photography Festival

Tel: (204) 771-7809



Jason Syvixay, Managing Director

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

Tel: (204) 958-4635


Leif Norman Flash Photography Festival press conference