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First Performer Details Announced for 77th National Folk Festival

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

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

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

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!

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 »

Henderson Guitar Silent Auction on June 7

JUST ANNOUNCED – Silent Auction for a rare Wayne C. Henderson guitar On June 7, those attending the Masters of the Steel String Guitar concert at The Hamilton will have the unprecedented opportunity to bid on a Wayne C. Henderson 00-18 acoustic guitar with the entire proceeds of the silent auction to benefit the National Council for the Traditional Arts ... Read More »

Watch: Musicians Appearing at June 7 Concert

Jerry Douglas, Albert Lee, and Wayne Henderson, participants in previous Masters of the Steel String Guitar tours, will be reuniting in D.C. this June for a concert to benefit the NCTA. Joining them will be The Harris Brothers, Marquise Knox, and Presley Barker, along with special guests Kitty Amaral, Dudley Connell, and Phil Wiggins. Check out this playlist we’ve put together of ... Read More »