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Pride Winnipeg Reverses Date Change Decision for 2018

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(Winnipeg, MB; December 6, 2017) – After hearing concerns from members of the community, the Pride Winnipeg Festival Board of Directors has reversed its decision to change the dates of the 2018 festival. The festival will take place May 25 – June 3, 2018 rather than July 20 – 29, 2018 which was previously announced.

“The decision to move to the dates was to help the festival keep growing and serving the community,” said Jonathan Niemczak, President of Pride Winnipeg’s board of directors. “We now recognize that the date change was going to have a much greater impact than we realized on some members of our community. After listening to the feedback, our board felt the best thing to do was to reverse our decision and keep our festival’s original dates. We apologize to those who were upset by the lack of community consultation and for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Pride Winnipeg remains committed to growing the festival in order to accommodate higher demand, reduce congestion, provide more space for programming as well as to allow for new opportunities. For 2018, the board will explore other ways to grow the festival within the May 25 to June 3 week. The board plans to revisit the festival’s dates for the 2019 festival and will seek feedback from the community when it does.

“We heard some great feedback from the community over the past few weeks about ways we can keep improving Pride Winnipeg,” said Niemczak. “The board is preparing some action plans to address many of the issues raised. We look forward to sharing those with everyone soon.”

Pride Winnipeg is one of the largest annual celebrations of LGBTTQ culture in Canada. It began as a oneday event in 1987 and has grown to be a 10-day annual festival of music, dance, art and more, all centred around the annual Pride Parade which takes place in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. The festival is administered by a volunteer board of directors.