Since 1970 ACAM has been a chief participant in Folklorama, Winnipeg’s annual two week celebration of culture. Along with the India, Greek, Poland, Portuguese and Ukraine pavilions the Africa/Caribbean Pavilion was one of the festival’s original six.
The pavilion has endured many changes over the years as the event started out on Morley Avenue before moving to Crescentwood Community Centre, River East Arena, Tec Voc High, Sargent Park School and finally to Grant Park High school for Folklorama 2005. As the largest cultural celebration of its kind in Canada, Folklorama attracts Winnipeggers and out of towners alike to sample the exotic foods and to witness the entertainment, which includes the ACAM’s Afro-Caribbean dancers.
Every year the pavilion selects two youth ambassadors (12-17), one male and one female along with male and female adult ambassadors (18+). As an ambassador one serves as a representative for both ACAM and the Africa/Caribbean pavilion both during the festival and throughout the year by making appearances at various events. As with most of the events organized by ACAM, we rely heavily on members who volunteer their time in order to make the event a success. The week that the Africa/Caribbean pavilion runs during August a busy yet fulfilling time.
Prior to 1990, each pavilion’s queen filled the role of today’s adult female ambassador and the pavilion’s mayor was the equivalent of today’s adult male ambassador.
Video of the Africa Caribbean Pavilion 2011 by Breakfast Television: