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National Folk Festival Tallies 400,000 Attendees Over 4 Years

Curtains Close on Final National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD Salisbury, MD–The City of Salisbury and the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) are proud to announce the final attendance estimates for the multi-year residency of the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD. Through five years of partnership from 2018 to 2022, including four in-person presentations of the festival, ... Read More »

Announcing National Treasures: A Tour of Culture Bearers in National Parks

MEDIA RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2022 CONTACT: nationaltreasures@ncta-usa.org SILVER SPRING, MD – The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is proud to announce the launch of National Treasures: A Tour of Culture Bearers in National Parks. A pilot program of the 2026 United States Semiquincentennial in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS), National Treasures showcases the nation’s most distinguished ... Read More »

2022 Festival Season Announcements

The NCTA and our many various partners are thrilled to welcome you to our 2022 season with a first glimpse at the year ahead in traditional arts! With excitement, as well as an abundance of care, we’re continuing to take precautions to ensure everyone can safely enjoy everything our in-person festival experiences have to offer this year. Please take a ... Read More »

National Council for the Traditional Arts to Receive $150,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan

DATE: Thursday, January 27, 2022 CONTACT: Lora Bottinelli, Executive Director, media@ncta-usa.org Silver Spring, MD — National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is pleased to announce they have been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan (ARP) grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. NCTA is recommended ... Read More »

New NPS/NCTA Collaboration: Pleneando en el Castillo San Cristóbal

a group of four men stand in front a sign with percussion instruments on the ground in front of them

San Juan, PR – Today the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the National Park Service, and La Casa de la Plena, announce a historic new collaborative and free public performance project, Pleneando en el Castillo San Cristóbal. This new series of interactive and family friendly workshops and performances feature Plena, a Puerto Rican heritage expression, rooted in oral ... Read More »

The Search Begins for the National Folk Festival’s Next Host City 2023-2025

  Imagine transforming your city into a vibrant celebration of music, dance and art from across America that can bring 100,000 event goers and generate tens of millions in economic impact.   For three years beginning in 2023, the nation’s longest running traditional arts event—the National Folk Festival—can take root in the heart of your community. See your city streets flourish ... Read More »

National Folk Festival Returns in Salisbury in 2022!

Did you hear the news? 81st National Folk Festival in Salisbury for 2022! In a surprise announcement during the kickoff of the 80th National Folk Festival, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) and the City of Salisbury announced plans for the National Folk Festival to continue its tenure in Salisbury, Maryland, for another year. The nationally celebrated event, ... Read More »

80th National Folk Festival Commemorative Acadian Accordion Auction

80th National Folk Festival Commemorative Acadian Accordion Auction This Acadian accordion was custom built by Marc Savoy and his son Joel in support of the 80th National Folk Festival. Sixty-five years of playing the Cajun accordion, together with fifty-eight years of building these instruments, is the reason for the special sound and feel of this beautiful Acadian accordion. Built in ... Read More »

2021 NEA National Heritage Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. These lifetime honor awards of $25,000 are given in recognition of both artistic excellence and efforts to sustain cultural traditions for future generations. The annual celebration of the new class of National Heritage Fellows will ... Read More »

NCTA & National Park Service Premiere Bayous & Backroads

November 16, 2020 New Orleans, La. – Today the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the National Park Service, and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve announced a new collaborative documentary project, Bayous & Backroads: A Look Inside Louisiana’s Lifeways. This new series of short documentary films follows Cajun musicians and cultural advocates Joel Savoy and Jo Vidrine ... Read More »