Swords & Sabres

Annually Norwood Grove Business Improvement Zone (NGB) hosts a festival that brings together the community and invites visitors from outside the community to join in celebration. The event evolved into a Pirate, Renaissance, Steam Punk and Viking themed festival in 2011 and was reviewed as a huge success.

The Norwood Community welcomed visitors from all over Winnipeg. Attendees both young and young at heart dressed up in themed attire for the event and joined in the celebration through dance, games, merchant sales, food and activities.

With an expected attendance of over 3000 people, they will be able to browse through merchant tables, information booths, arts and crafts and enjoy the variety of entertainment.

Festival Attractions

Coronation Park will play host to Swords and Sabres Winnipeg’s #1 Pirate, Steampunk, Renaissance and Viking Festival. Bring the whole family down for a day full of music, magic and games with features such as:

  • Cultural Displays & Activities
    Test your knowledge of Manitoba Viking History, play games, complete Challenges and learn more about these fascinating cultures.
  • Game Booths
    Win great prizes at one of our game booths!
  • Pirate Bouncy Castle & Ship Slide
    Pirate younglings from ages 5 – 12 will be able to bounce to their heart’s content in our themed bounce castle and Ship Slide
  • Medieval Marketplace
    Vendors with everything from leather craft, jewelry, pottery, bellydance wear, chainmail, armor and more!
  • Illuminari Dance Troupe
    Illuminari is a Winnipeg based contemporary bellydance ensemble on a journey of exploration, embracing the experience of an ancient art form in a modern and evolving context. Approaching dance as storytellers, illuminari blends together traditional and contemporary bellydance styles to create unique and exciting performances.
  • Sons of Lugh
    The sons of lugh are a Viking-age living history group focusing on Norse interaction with the area around the Irish sea during the last century of the first millennium (900 – 1000AD). Their members attend the annual Viking Village forming part of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, providing Living History displays and rebated steel combat demonstrations.
  • Art in the Park with Forum Art
    Artists will be under the big top at the Swords & Sabres community festival selling their wares. We are celebrating all things trees this year so bring your young artist with you to paint their own tree, adding leaves on to represent their own family history tree. Inside the Forum Art Centre we’ll have art demonstrations as well during our Open House & Registration for fall art classes. You can help us celebrate RAH Trees 150: Roots, Art, Heritage – our Art Tree Project by painting your own tree or starting your search for your family history tree! Artists & genealogists will help you get started on either project..
  • Music
    The Festival will feature a variety of local Manitoba musical entertainers.

On Site Opportunities

Priority to Members of the Norwood Grove BIZ

Set up at Event
All members of the Norwood Grove Business Improvement Zone have the opportunity to set up at the Festival in Coronation Park. Table and chair rentals are available or you can bring your own set up at no charge.

Street Sale
Take part in setting up a sidewalk sale outside of your establishment or join the Pub Zone down Marion Street. All locations will be marked with a “Jolly Rodger” (pirate flag). For those located along Marion Street the festivities will continue till 2am.

Merchants Tent
Set up and sell your unique crafts and services to the community. Rentals are provided for those who need. Terms, conditions and fees apply.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship is a key part to the success of our event. This FREE event is not possible without the support of the local business, private and foundation community. For more information please contact our office.