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Westman Multicultural Festival is seeking additional support from the city for its 15th annual event, taking place Feb. 1-3.
Richard Bruce and Tyler Foster, representatives of the festival committee, appeared before city council Monday, where they requested financial assistance to help cover liability insurance, as well as bus service for the three-day event.
Foster said the non-profit groups running the pavilions take a large risk running the pavilions each year, considering the venue rental and sound system costs.
“The only chance they get to make that money back is through sale of food and drink,” Foster said, as there is no admission charge for the festival. The average cost per pavilion just for venue rental and sound system is $4,000.
Liability insurance previously was covered by the city, but due to the fact most of the pavilions are no longer in community centres, that is no longer feasible. This is valued at $11,000.
The group is also hoping the city will provide transit service, which Foster said has been “sorely missed” by the public.
“We can see it in our attendance numbers,” he said.
The festival has been officially designated as a community event, which will allow pavilions to serve liquor and stay open longer. Nine pavilions will be showcased: Mexico, India, Métis, England, Honduras, Ireland, Philippines, Scotland and Ukraine.
Council will consider the additional funding requests at budget deliberations later this month.
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