6th Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival

Stay tuned for information & dates about the 6th Annual Crankie Festival!

2023 Crankie Festival Visual Artist in Residence

James Culleton is a Canadian contemporary multi-media artist and designer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He specializes in drawing, sculpture, and furniture design. His work has been exhibited throughout Manitoba, across Canada and into the United States.


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.

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

Winnipeg Crankie Festival
137 rue Walnut Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3G 1P2
Phone: 1 (204) 480-3380

Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous acknowledges that we operate on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininew and Dakota peoples, and on the homeland of the Metis nation. We have produced thousands of concerts across Canada, a land home to well over 600 First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.