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Winnipeg Named International Festival and Event City

Winnipeg Named International Festival and Event City

October 2, 2018 – Winnipeg has been officially recognized by the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) as a 2018 IFEA World Festival and Event City.

This international award is presented annually to cities who demonstrate community leadership and ongoing, concerted efforts and support to create a local environment that is conducive to and encourages the success and growth of festivals and events. The awards are judged and presented to exemplary cities around the world, as an example for other cities to emulate. This event indicates that Winnipeg has raised the bar in hosting world-class festivals and events.

Winnipeg is the second-ever Canadian city to be designated by IFEA as a World Festival and Event City in the organization’s history.

Winnipeg received its award on October 1st at the IFEA Awards Luncheon, part of the 63rd Annual IFEA Convention & Expo in San Diego, California.



About IFEA

The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is the premier association supporting and enabling festival & event professionals worldwide. This association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide. Visit for more details.

About EDW

Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) is the champion for economic development in Winnipeg. With key framework mandates which include Tourism Winnipeg and YES! Winnipeg, EDW provides market data, assistance and support to grow Winnipeg’s economy by helping to make business success in Winnipeg easier and more attractive, and encouraging more people to come and see what Winnipeg has to offer.

About Tourism Winnipeg’s IFEA application

For an electronic copy of Tourism Winnipeg’s IFEA application, visit

For further information, please contact: 

Matt Schaubroeck 
Manager, Corporate Communications 
Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. 
Phone: 204.954.1961 Cell: 204.791.3323 


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