August 23, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEET OUR CITY’S BRIGHT LIGHTS
City cyclists to parade six Winnipeg neighbourhoods in three days, in anticipation to annual ManyFest event, Lights on Broadway
Downtown Winnipeg – This year at ManyFest, you are the Lights on Broadway! Participants at this year’s Lights on Broadway event 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.
To raise awareness about this year’s Lights on Broadway event, cycling enthusiasts will appear at the following neighbourhood destinations from August 28-30th between 8:40-10:00pm: Omand Park, Memorial Park, St. John’s Park, Lagimodiere Gaboury Park, Lyndale Dr Park, and Riverview Community Centre. Starting with Memorial Park on August 28th at 8:40pm, a flashy and dynamic lit bike will be parked beside some muscle cars for the screening of Grease, at the Downtown BIZ’s Movies on Memorial event. Let us know when you spot these cyclists and their lit bikes and you’ll be entered to win a “Light up Your Bike” prize package. For more info, visit www.manyfest.ca.
“Broadway is one of Winnipeg’s most prized gems, and a source of pride for many Winnipeggers alike,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ. “People 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.”
About Lights on Broadway
Lights on Broadway, a key component of ManyFest, explores light integration on Broadway in a permanent and festive way, and has taken place over the last few years. In 2010 and 2011, Lights on Broadway showcased potential light installations on median elm trees along Broadway, and engaged the public to join in with a lit candle processional. In 2012, a national competition for a permanent light-based sculpture for the Broadway median between Fort and Garry is planned to formally launch, in partnership with the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and other stakeholders. This sculpture will be the first of many in what is envisioned as an array of unique, artist-designed sculptures that will animate the Broadway medians for years to come with their interesting form and light.
Manyfest is a festival for all ages and celebrates community, arts, entertainment and healthy living on the streets of downtown Winnipeg beneath Broadway’s beautiful elm trees, from Memorial Boulevard to Main Street. The three-day outdoor festival will feature a Giant Movie in the Park, Lights on Broadway, Wine 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, blades and more from car-free streets that stretch out to Assiniboine Park.
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; 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, and more to come!
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For more information, please contact:
Jason Syvixay, Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040