Our signature event in the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews features an eclectic variety of performances, activities, and art. We are a community based, people driven festival made up of a collection of devoted board members who help make it all possible. The initial founders of the event, Cheryl Cohan and Noah Erenberg (who are also the landowners), first made their vision into a reality in 2010. Since then, the event's attendance has steadily increased with the annual addition of new programming, partnerships, funding opportunities, and performers from across Canada.
Our 45 acre site is a combination of forest, grassland and wetland habitats within walking distance of a great beach, restaurants, galleries and other services in the village of Dunnottar on Lake Winnipeg. From Winnipeg, it is a short 45-minute highway drive, that goes by even quicker when you throw on your favourite tunes and roll your windows down. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GOOGLE MAP
There is a growing need to recognize the value of rural communities, and the Matlock Festival gives local individuals who came from some of these rural communities a chance to showcase their talents!
This is a not for profit festival run on donations, and sponsorships. Our mission is to connect people and build community through art, music, dance and nature as we aim to model sustainable and environmentally responsible practices. By providing people with the tools/opportunities, we are helping them to reach a healthy balance in their own lives.
Partnerships & Initiatives
Matlock Festival of Music Art and Nature is the first festival in Canada to be recognized as a compassionate organization.
Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
Compassionate organizations value embodying a spirit of welcoming change, new horizons and the opportunities to effectively respond to the ever shifting needs of others. Cultivating a compassionate, patient, respectful, reverent and authentic connection to others.
This festival promotes local artists, providing as much equal opportunity as possible, encouraging local amateur artists to grow. We also emphasize mentorships for youth. The festival also promotes local rehab and restoration of the natural habitat.
The Immigrant Settlement Services support and help immigrant families in Seven Oaks area. Through this service, our festival hosts a newcomers program that provides a place for new immigrants to volunteer and feel important in their new environment. Their unique skills, knowledge and perspectives are one of the things that contribute to the cultural richness of our event. Without their help and support, we would not be as successful as we are.
We receive generous support from Heritage Canada through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program which is aimed at supporting the celebration of community.