Magical Volunteer Army
Edmonton is famous for its magical volunteer army that rallies around every festival or fellow human being in need of help. The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is one of the festivals that benefits from this army. In fact, this festival is so popular that volunteers return year after year. These days you can see grandparents, parents and kids all working together on the volunteer crews. Meet some of them in the “Folk Fest” video below.
Our Folk Music Festival happens to be one of the leading folk festivals in the world. But it has more than just the music to crow about: Edmonton Folk Music Festival is also a green festival. The city has made a name for itself as a place where people care about the environment, so Folk Fest organizers work hard to make sure the event leaves as small an environmental footprint as possible. Patrons are encouraged to bike instead of drive, and the festival has a “no Styrofoam” policy in place. Volunteers recycle whenever possible, and the festival is partly powered by solar panels. We think that’s pretty darn cool.
In the “Folk Fest Memory” video, meet Brendi Walls. Brendi has been volunteering with Folk Fest since its very first year in 1980 – that’s almost 30 years. She shares her story about writing a song and the special experience of hearing it performed on the Folk Fest stage.