Join us on November 5-7 for the 2021 Winnipeg Crankie Festival

Get ready to crank up the fun at the Fourth Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival. The Winnipeg Crankie Festival will be held in-person on November 5 – 7, 2021, with four live shows in Winnipeg, MB at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg) and The West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg). 

What is a Crankie?

A Crankie is a moving panorama, an old storytelling art form that was popular in the 18th century. Scrolled art is mounted on hand-cranked spindles held together in a frame. As music plays or a story is told, an artist cranks the spindles so that the picture moves with the story, creating a uniquely magical experience for the audience.

The Winnipeg Crankie Festival features musicians, writers, poets, and storytellers, as well as visual artists in dynamic cross-media collaborations with artists from Manitoba and beyond — all brought together by the humble Crankie.

The festival brings together the best in music, art, whimsy and story from Winnipeg’s musical, literary, dance and visual arts communities. It unites folks from all walks of life to participate on- and off-stage for an interactive and collaborative festival experience.

New this year: Prairie Panorama

Introducing Prairie Panorama: a new series of creative collaborations celebrating rural Manitoba’s creative community. Prairie Panorama brings the most important elements of the Crankie Festival beyond Winnipeg.

In Flin Flon, Gimli, Clearwater, St. Boniface, and Killarney/Turtle Mountain, young, emerging artists have been paired with established mentor artists to write an original song. In each community, a local visual artist then created a Crankie depicting the story or themes in the tune. The new creations were first revealed in a live show in their home communities, and will be reprised in person at the Winnipeg Crankie Festival.

What is a Crankie? See for yourself!

Watch The Small Glories perform their song Long Long Moon, while Home Routes’ Leonard Podolak operates the Crankie he created to go with the song