We'd like to share with you a few simple guidelines and tips that will make Whoop & Hollar enjoyable for all.
"Know before you go."
***Please note that all transactions at the festival are CASH ONLY
Photo: Dennis Wiens
FOLK FEST ETIQUETTE
- Safer Spaces Policy: Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival welcomes meaningful dialogue, open discussion of challenging topics, and creative expression of individuality. The festival also embraces human diversity and values the safety and respect for all people, regardless of race/ethnicity, colour/size/appearance, age, ability, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity (or non-identity), socioeconomic status, or religion/culture. Speech or actions that discriminate, oppress, threaten, or hurt others WILL NOT be tolerated. For the safety of festival goers, promoters, volunteers, performers, and to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, anybody who violates this policy will be asked to leave the premises.
- The festival requires that all festival goers remain personally and fully responsible for their actions at all times: when socializing, when conducting themselves, and when arranging their transportation to and from the festival site. "If you 'D,' don't 'D.'"
- Also, one of the most important points is that we ask you to please note we are located in a neighbourhood and would appreciate if you could show respect and courtesy toward our neighbours and surrounding yard sites. In the campground area, please do not cross over the fences - watch for the 'No Trespassing' signs! Thank you for understanding.
- Please refrain from having your vehicle idle on or around the festival grounds. It is summer time. The air we breathe is sacred and pure, and must remain that way in order to maintain the health of humans and the planet.
- Whoop & Hollar is a "Leave No Trace" festival, meaning that we expect you to leave the festival grounds in the condition they were before you arrived. Put garbage, recycling, and compost in its place!
- Please take home all your belongings upon leaving the festival (a lost and found will be assembled during the festival if articles are accidentally forgotten).
- We'd ask that you put any waste (non-recyclable or non-compostable items like plastic chip bags and meat/dairy scraps) in the garbage cans, BUTTED cigarettes in the firepits, garbage cans, or butt-out pails near the Red Barn, recycling (beer and pop cans, plastic water bottles, etc.) in the recycling containers, and compost (food scraps) in the compost bins.
- Although compostable plates and cutlery biodegrade, please do not put them in the compost bins as they take too long to break down. Please don't litter...respect others and the environment!
- Be considerate to others, and, if you have a pull to do so, welcome new folkies to our festival community! Be yourself and get what YOU want out of the Whoop & Hollar adventure!
- Be respectful of the musicians and fellow audience members. If you are planning on making some noise and socializing during performances (which is totally fine), please try to sit further away from the stage. Rowdy behaviour is tolerated (away from the music), obnoxious behaviour is not! PLEASE DO NOT SMOKE in the mainstage area...a designated smoking area will be located at the back of the site near the barn (with butt-out pails).
Photo: Dennis Wiens
A FEW TIPS & CLARIFICATIONS
- Don't forget your folk fest essentials:
- Lawn chair or ground sheet
- Cash (all festival sales are cash only)
- Refillable water bottle (drinking water stations on-site; no more bottled water sales at the festival)
- Sunscreen / hat
- Bug spray
- Tent and camping materials (if you are camping)
- Cooler (you can bring along picnic food and refreshments of your choice)
- Dress for the weather (remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing)
- Instrument (for jamming)
- Whoop & Hollar Pet Policy - No alligators or elephants, hippos on leashes only, singer PETula Clark invited but not attending, and whooping cranes must come feathered! In regards to our "Leave No Trace" agreement and respect for the property and other folkies, please clean up after your pets, keep pets away from garden areas, and at all times, have your pets on-leash! Pets are admitted free of charge.
- The festival grounds, as is the case with other outdoor folk festivals, are predominantly grassy terrain. The flatness of the site aids wheelchair accessibility, however, navigating the grounds can be a challenge; minor assistance can be provided by one of our volunteers if necessary. Electric wheelchairs and scooters are strongly recommended over manual wheelchairs. Wheelchair-accessible washroom facilities will be located on site. A few disability-friendly parking spots will be available at the back of the site by entering through Gate C (click here for site map).
- Consider methods of active transportation, such as bicycling, when coming to the festival site! An organized "Cycle to Folk Fest" ride will take place the Saturday afternoon of the festival, departing the Herman Prior Centre in Portage la Prairie at 12:30 pm.
- Also, to lighten your carbon footprint (and not overfill the designated parking areas), consider carpooling to the festival from wherever you may be coming from! Share a ride with the new GOMANITOBA app! You save money that way, too.
- If you are coming from Portage la Prairie and don't have a vehicle, a FREE SHUTTLE will leave Portage la Prairie for the festival site three times on Saturday (12:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 8:30 pm) and leave the festival for Portage at 4:15 pm, 8:15 pm, and 12:15 am.
- This is not a concert, as you probably know...it's a folk festival! Even while the music is playing, feel free to walk around, dance, meditate, check out the nature trails, have a picnic, or go for a drink...relax and let your journey unfold. There's also yummy food available from local food vendors, as well as a few artisans in the Handmade Village selling their creations! Discover an eclectic mix of music at two different stages on site, and let your inner artist shine at the Creative Corner visual art station. And, don't forget to stay for the late night jam sessions and camp overnight! We can't emphasize this enough...come as you are, and simply be yourself. Enjoy the laid-back and intimate atmosphere of the festival, and let your spirit free!
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING! HAVE A WONDERFUL FOLK FEST!