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Salisbury, Maryland to host National Folk Festival, 2018-2020

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Salisbury, MD – Mayor Jake Day is excited to announce that Salisbury has been named the official 2018-2020 National Folk Festival Host City. Salisbury was among 34 cities nationwide that competed for the honor of hosting the nation’s preeminent traveling celebration of traditional arts and culture for a three-year stay in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The announcement was made today ... Read More »

The Collected Writings of Joe Wilson

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Fred Bartenstein has collected some of Joe Wilson’s writings in two new volumes, available this month from The University of Tennessee Press. The two books are: Roots Music In America: Collected Writings of Joe Wilson Lucky Joe’s Namesake: The Extraordinary Life and Observations of Joe Wilson Edited by Fred Bartenstein Charles K. Wolfe Music Series Ted Olson, Series Editor Joe ... Read More »

First Performer Details Announced for 77th National Folk Festival

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The National Folk Festival announced today the first group of artists who will be performing in downtown Greensboro from September 8 – 10, 2017. The 77th National Folk Festival in 2017 marks the event’s third year of its three-year residency in Greensboro. Based on the success of the National Folk Festival, a feasibility study is currently underway toward launching a ... Read More »

Board Member Featured on NPR

Dan Sheehy is the guest this week on Alt.Latino, a weekly podcast from NPR. This week’s show delves into “how the influence of Africa has been interpreted in various Latin and Caribbean cultures” by exploring the Folkways catalog. Dan is the director and curator emeritus of Smithsonian Folkways. Listen here Read More »

Richmond Folk Festival Shines in the Rain

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Richmond had one of its rainiest festivals in its 12-year history — we haven’t had so much rain since its first year as the National. We are thankful to all of you who came out in the mud and pouring rain to help make this one of the best and most memorable festivals ever! Check out the video below from ... Read More »

2016 National Heritage Fellowships

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Taking place in our nation’s capital, the NEA National Heritage Fellowship awards ceremony and concert honors extraordinary practitioners of the folk and traditional arts in the United States. You can read more about this marvelous event here, and while you’re at it check out the newly designed medal for these artists! The medal combines craft traditions of two 1982 Fellows, ... Read More »

National Folk Festival Announces 2016 Estimated Attendance

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Celebrating its second year in Greensboro, free weekend-long event again broke attendance records Greensboro, N.C., September 27, 2016 — Over 138,000 people are estimated to have attended the 76th National Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro from September 9 through 11, 2016, the second year of the Festival’s three-year residency in Greensboro. Attendance for the 75th National Folk Festival in 2015 ... Read More »

Apply to host the 2018-2020 National Folk Festivals!

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If you are interested in bringing America’s premier traveling celebration of traditional arts and culture to your community, we look forward to hearing from you. Applications to host the 2018-2020 National Folk Festivals are now being accepted. Download the National Folk Festival 2018-2020 brochure here. For additional information on hosting the National Folk Festival, please call or write to: National ... Read More »