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2023 Workshops: Festival Fun for the Whole Family!

Creative Corner Arts & Crafts Station, Children's Storytelling, & Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ Silver Maple Big Top/Family Tent)

Get Crafty at Creative Corner!


Visions of Independence are once again bringing an arts and craft station to the festival! Fun for kids, families, and people of all ages, you can participate in a hands-on creative experience that is different each time. Activities may include:

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Bubble Station

  • Colouring Books 

  • Storytelling

  • Site-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Eco-Therapy on the Cottonwood Trail by Cheryl Cohan (Saturday, 1:00 pm at back of festival site [meet at North Cottonwood Trail Entrance, in campground near Main Gate])

Anthropologist, Marriage and Family therapist, and land steward Cheryl Cohan will guide participants on a therapeutic walk into the wisdom nature. She will teach a bit about horticultural and ecotherapy as a healing modality and offer tools for transformation in stressful times. 


Bio: Cheryl Cohan is an anthropologist, marriage and family therapist, land steward and biophiliac. She works as a therapist, and offers programs and trainings. In addition, she co-manages, a restored natural habitat and farmstead.

"Fine Tuning Your Guitar" by Sam Whelan (Saturday, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm @ Green Lawn south of Big Top)

Many musicians can be nervous or unsure about setting up their guitar, and it is one of the most important aspects of a guitar's playability. This workshop is designed to demystify and educate. Time permitting, participants will explore the following topics: Adjusting Neck Relief; Setting Radius of Fretboard to Strings; Adjusting Saddle and Nut as Required for Correct Action; Leveling, Crowning, and Dressing Frets; Cleaning and Polishing Fret Board. Hosted by Sam Whelan. 

Northern Lights Bellydance Troupe (Saturday, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ Green Lawn south of Big Top)

Bridget Shaw and Vickie Hanwell of The Northern Lights Bellydance Troupe will be hosting a workshop of ‘American Tribal Style’ Bellydance. Enjoy this fun, energetic form of bellydance complete with whooping & holleringWe will deck you out in costumes and teach you basic ATS vocabulary which will allow the troupe to put on a performance to live music. Dress up in a big silk skirt and jingle scarf, add a flower to your hair, and with a group of like-minded women, weave a dance with easy-to-follow instructions and love in our hearts (men and all folks/ages are welcome, too). Join us and keep the magic alive!

Windchime-Making at Creative Corner (Saturday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm under Big Top)

Using a combination of hand-cut metal objects, driftwood, and other accoutrements, we will assemble a wind chime to charm the birds. If people have needle nose pliers they can lend and bring along, that would be appreciated. From 5 years old to 85, everyone will enjoy this craft. There will be paint, paper-mâché, and beads to upcycle your wind chime. No two will be alike.

LuLu and the TomCat — Children’s Entertainment​ (Saturday @ Big Top)

Rural Manitoba's favourite family performers are back at the festival to entertain kids, and of course, kids at heart under the big top with three 15-minute shows (at 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:30 pm) featuring oodles of laughter, dancing, storytelling, singing, and interactive fun! 

$2 Bill and His Bad Pennies (Saturday, 4:45 pm to 5:00 pm @ Big Top)

Join $2 for an energetic, family-friendly show that combines storytelling, humour, and many different kinds of timeless music.

Hula Hooping

Simply grab a hula hoop if you see one, and move your body during any type of music during the festival program!

Open Jam Stage in Red Barn (select times between performances)

Take part in the open jam sessions, which allow musicians of all skill levels to share, connect, and create together! Hop in and join these rotational jam sessions to perform your new or original material in front of a supportive audience (with other musicians to back you up)! Or, you can also sing along, play the spoons, or sit back and enjoy a variety of emerging and established talent.


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