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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 »

Another Six Artists Announced for 80th National Folk Festival

SALISBURY, MD – Today festival organizers announced another six performers who will be featured at the 80th National Folk Festival. The festival returns to Salisbury September 10-12, 2021, with performances, special family and Maryland folklife programming, diverse food and beverage offerings, and more—all presented free to the public on outdoor stages located in the heart of the city’s recently revitalized ... 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 »

Together again! First Six Artists Announced for 80th National Folk Festival

SALISBURY, MD (May 18, 2021) – The first six performers have been announced for the 80th National Folk Festival. The festival returns to Downtown Salisbury September 10-12, 2021, with performances, special family and Maryland folklife programming, diverse food and beverage offerings, and more—all presented free to the public on three outdoor stages. This year’s event will mark the celebration of ... Read More »

80th National Folk Festival and Salisbury are Together Again!

Salisbury, MD – Today the National Folk Festival confirmed it will return to downtown Salisbury September 10-12, 2021, with performances, special family and Maryland folklife programming, diverse food and beverage offerings, and more—all presented free to the public on three outdoor stages. This year’s event will mark the celebration of the 80th National Folk Festival as well as the third ... Read More »

2021 Festival Season Update from NCTA

A Statement from NCTA Executive Director Lora Bottinelli It has been nearly one year since our worlds changed so dramatically. After cancelling our in-person festival season in 2020, we were optimistic we would be able to return to a full festival schedule in 2021. But to our deep disappointment, all signs suggest that the threat of this pandemic will continue ... Read More »

Virtual Event on March 4, 2021, Showcases 2020 National Heritage Fellows

Washington, DC— The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, will present “The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows,” on March 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm ET. Join storyteller Queen Nur as she hosts a virtual trip across the country, taking viewers ... Read More »

2020 Year in Review

December 4, 2020 Dear Friend of the NCTA, We know that 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges, opportunities, and needs within the communities the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) serves. For NCTA, we are proud of our ability to respond and regroup, which resulted in a first in our history—an entirely virtual year of programming that celebrated, honored, and amplified ... 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 »