Performing Arts
Manitoba Live on Stage
Photo Credit: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts

Give a standing ovation to Manitoba’s live theatre, music and dance.

Manitoba is a place where talent thrives. Live performances - be it by actors, musicians or dancers - enchant audiences at historic theatres, pubs and clubs and favorite festivals year-round. From classical to folk, modern to musical theatre - Manitoba’s performing arts take the stage.

Chic Gamine performing under a tent at the Festival du Voyageur.

Manitoba talent in the spotlight

Since Winnipeg’s first live theatre performance in 1867, the city has been known for its stage productions - anchored by companies with decades of experience bringing audiences to their feet. Winnipeg’s professional theatre companies deliver the classics, modern hits, the best in Canadian drama along with works in French and just for kids.

The city’s stages shine with ballet, opera and symphonic masterpieces. Venues in Winnipeg and around the province put the spotlight on musicians, bands and local acts that make up Manitoba’s diverse live music scene. Every year, the biggest names in music descend on this prairie province to join Manitoba’s best and brightest stars for fan-favourite festivals.

Featured Experiences

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Music series amplifies exhibit message

This series celebrates music connected to social and political change. It’s running in parallel with the Museum’s recently opened exhibition Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change. Both on until the end of September!

Canadas Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Art available to everyone

Ballet in the Park is a unique opportunity to enjoy the universal language of dance with family and friends under the prairies skies FOR FREE. A Manitoba summer tradition.

Both Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company earned a Royal charter, highlighting the high quality of Manitoba’s performing arts!
Assiniboine Park Lyric Theatre with people enjoying the show on grass and lawn chairs.

Outdoor Theatres

For 80 years, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet has been delighting audiences with its re-interpretation of classics and bold new works. Every summer, the company brings its graceful moves to the outdoor Lyric Theatre at Assiniboine Park for the free family-friendly, Ballet in the Park.

Sold-out crowd at Kildonan Park Rainbow Stage.

Rainbow Stage is Canada’s largest and longest running open air theatre. Located in Winnipeg’s Kildonan Park, two musical theatre performances take place under its rainbow-shaped proscenium every summer.

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Theatrical Things to Do

No matter the month in Manitoba, there is an abundance of ways to get out and about and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. While November feels like an in-between month, it's also when theatre season in Manitoba starts ramping up!

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Manitoba’s movie business is booming. Here are a few big (and small) screen worthy attractions to visit throughout the province.

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Moving Roots

2010-360 Cumberland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1T4

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Prairie Theatre Exchange

Unit Y300 - 393 Portage Ave, 3rd Floor, Portage Place