The National Folk Festival Announces 2015 Schedule

Forty artists and groups will perform on seven outdoor stages during the National Folk Festival, presented by Belk, which is coming to downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015

Greensboro, N.C., August 14, 2015 — The National Folk Festival today announced its complete 2015 performance schedule. For its 75th anniversary, the National Folk Festival, presented by Belk, will feature 300 artists on seven outdoor stages, other venues, and in the North Carolina Arts Marketplace. The three-day Festival is FREE to the public, and will take place in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015.

“I expect that one look at this schedule will upend the ideas many people have about what a folk festival is,” said Julia Olin, Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), which is co-producing the Festival with ArtsGreensboro. “Individual tickets to see all of these great artists would cost thousand of dollars, but this festival is entirely free! Who can resist such an offer?”

ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion said, “With so many different artists to discover and choose from, just looking at the three-day schedule is a treat. Create and map out your own Festival ‘must-see list’ and mark your favorites (who may be playing multiple sets across several stages). We guarantee you’ll be dancing at the Dance Pavilion before each day is out! The 75th National Folk Festival’s schedule celebrates the true diversity of America’s heritage, and promises exciting discoveries and fun at every turn.”

The Festival will kick off with the Jeff Little Trio at 5:45 pm on Friday, September 11, at the Wrangler Stage (North Elm Street at Lindsay). At 6:30 pm, the Opening Parade, sponsored by Bank of America and featuring the North Carolina A&T State University Drumline, the Guilford Courthouse Fife and Drum Corps, performers, and the public, will march from the Wrangler Stage to the Belk Stage on Market Street (between Davie and Church). At 7 pm, Festival organizers will officially open the Festival. From 7:15 to 10:30 pm, the Festival’s four lit stages—the Belk Stage, the Wrangler Stage, the Church Street Stage, and the Dance Pavilion—will be in full swing.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, September 12, all seven outdoor stages—plus Center City Park and the North Carolina Folklife Demonstration Area, presented by the N.C. Arts Council and featuring pottery traditions—will provide non-stop entertainment. The Wells Fargo Family Area and the McDonald’s Family Stage will host activities and performers until 5 pm. The North Carolina Traditions Stage, presented by the N.C. Arts Council, and the Lawn Stage, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, will host performances until 7 pm. The four lit stages will be up and running until 10 or 10:30 pm.

All venues will be operating starting at noon on Sunday, September 13. Activities at the N.C. Folklife Demonstration Area will end around 4:40 pm, with performances on the McDonald’s Family Stage ending at 5 pm. Final performances on the other stages will end between 5:15 and 6:30 pm.

Special Fabric of Freedom performances, events, and exhibits showcasing Greensboro’s unique history as a catalyst for social change since the American Revolution will be presented on several stages and at both the Greensboro Historical Museum and the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

The North Carolina Arts Marketplace, sponsored by PNC Bank, and food and merchandise vendors will open at 5 pm on Friday evening, September 11, and at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.

To see the complete schedule, visit NationalFolkFestival.com.


About the 2015 National Folk Festival: Co-produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) and ArtsGreensboro, the National Folk Festival is beginning its three-year residency in downtown Greensboro this year, when it will celebrate its 75th anniversary from September 11 – 13, 2015. The FREE, three-day event is America’s longest-running festival of traditional arts; it will highlight both long-standing traditions and the heritage and culture of North Carolina’s newest immigrant groups, and set the stage for a continuing and permanent North Carolina Folk Festival, beginning in 2018, after the “National” moves on.

Belk is the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Festival. With downtown Greensboro as the backdrop, audiences will enjoy seven stages featuring continuous musical entertainment—from rockabilly to old-time to mariachi, and from funk to Cajun to jazz. Attendees will also be able to dance non-stop to a variety of musical genres at the dance pavilion; dine on regional and ethnic foods; experience folk art demonstrations and performances by N.C. artists; and share the fun of the Family Activities Area with their children. nationalfolkfestival.com

About the National Folk Festival: Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National Folk Festival has celebrated the roots, richness, and variety of American culture. Championed in its early years by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was the first event of national stature to present the arts of many nations, races, and languages on equal footing. It was also the first to present to the public musical forms such as the blues, Cajun music, polka bands, Tex-Mex conjunto, Peking Opera, and many others. An exuberant traveling festival that embraces the diverse cultural expressions of the American people in the 21st century, the National Folk Festival is FREE to the public, and is produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) in partnership with communities around the country.

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA): The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is one of the nation’s premier non-profit cultural organizations dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk, tribal, and ethnic arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation’s oldest producing and presenting organization with such a focus. Its programs celebrate and honor deeply rooted cultural expressions—music, crafts, stories, and dance passed on through time by families and communities as well as by tribal, ethnic, and occupational groups. The NCTA stresses excellence and authenticity in presenting artists to the public in festivals, tours, concerts, media programs, exhibitions, recordings, and other activities, and works in partnership with communities across American to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that bring lasting social, cultural, and economic benefits. ncta-usa.org

About ArtsGreensboro: With an annual budget of approximately $4 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, I HEART ARTS Month, power2give, and other initiatives such as the National Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. www.artsgreensboro.org
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