September 4, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MANYFEST, DOWNTOWN’S BIGGEST STREET PARTY, TAKES OVER BROADWAY SEPT 7, 8, AND 9
Downtown Winnipeg – Embrace your inner wild side and jive, walk, cycle and shimmy your way down to Broadway on September 7, 8 and 9 for Downtown Winnipeg’s biggest street party: ManyFest!
ManyFest: All together downtown, will see an anticipated 35,000-plus people celebrating community, arts, entertainment and healthy living on the streets of downtown Winnipeg, beneath Broadway’s beautiful elm trees, from Memorial Boulevard to Main Street. This three-day outdoor festival will feature a Giant Movie in the Park featuring DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon, Lights on Broadway, Taste of Downtown Wine & Cheese Festival, Big Dance on Broadway, Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets, Ciclovia, MiniFest Kids’ Zone, Zumbathon and the Winnipeg 10 & 10 Race – amongst an eclectic and multicultural backdrop of local talent, musicians, artists, and buskers.
Varying stretches of the north side of Broadway will be closed to vehicular traffic over the weekend, culminating in Ciclovia, when the street will flood with people from Main to Osborne, coming in by foot, bicycle, rollerblades and more, from car-free streets that stretch out to Assiniboine Park.
“Winnipeggers are in for a surprise at this year’s ManyFest,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ. “At Winnipeg’s biggest downtown street party, there’s something for everyone. With events like ManyFest, we’re seeing communities becoming more active, engaged and excited about what our downtown has to offer – this festival is just another opportunity to celebrate and be proud of our city.”
One of the festival’s highlights is Lights on Broadway. Participants at this year’s Lights on Broadway will get a chance to celebrate Broadway in a unique and innovative way, by lighting up the medians with various applications of light, in our inaugural living Parade of Lights. People will pick up a candle, make their bike glow at one of our lighting stations and walk/cycle down Broadway in a living Parade of Lights, while watching performances animate the medians along the way. The Lights on Broadway Parade of Lights begins at Memorial Park at 8:40pm on Saturday, Sept 8, 2012. Prizes for the best lit-up bike or individual will be awarded. Cycling enthusiasts will meet and eventually bike towards Broadway from the following neighbourhood destinations: Omand Park, St. John’s Park, Lagimodiere Gaboury Park, Lyndale Drive Park, Riverview Community Centre, and Memorial Park.
ManyFest is proud to support Change for the Better, an initiative that supports homeless employment programs. To up the ante this year, attendees will get the chance to try and dunk a local celebrity at the Change for the Better dunk tank booth. $20 gives you 5 balls and a tax receipt.
There will also be on site a free Bike Valet – so anyone riding to Broadway on their bike can store their bike or stroller while they leisurely enjoy the festival. Hours: Friday and Saturday: 11:30am – 11:30pm; Sunday: 7:00am – 6:30pm. Location: In Memorial Park on Broadway at Osborne Street. Attendees are also invited to bring their water bottle for free water fill-ups on the street.
Last year, over 150 volunteers and dozens of community groups devoted their time and helped give back to the community by bringing excitement and enthusiasm to the event. This year the Downtown BIZ’s goal is the same. Anyone wanting to volunteer for the festival can visit: http://www.manyfest.volunteerhub.com/
Manyfest is hosted by the Downtown BIZ and presented by title sponsor Manitoba Lotteries. Sponsors include the Independent Specialty Wine Stores of Manitoba, sponsor of the Taste of Downtown Wine and Cheese Festival; the Running Room and Investors Group, sponsors of the Winnipeg 10 + 10 Race; the Winnipeg Arts Council, sponsor of the Big Dance on Broadway; Mountain Equipment Coop, sponsor of Ciclovia; How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, sponsor of the Giant Movie in the Park; and Portage Place, sponsor of the Minifest Kids’ Zone. Other partners and sponsors include the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, MPIC, RBC Blue Water, CentreVenture, Neptune Properties, Assiniboine Credit Union, East India Company, Lawton Partners, Remax, Winnipeg in Motion, Manitoba Fitness Council, Winnipeg Parking Authority, Impark, Great West Life, Union Centre and more to come!
For more information about ManyFest and the event line-up, visit: www.manyfest.ca.
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For more information or to arrange a media tour during the event, please contact:
Jason Syvixay, Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040