The 75th anniversary of the National Folk Festival,
scheduled Friday, Sept. 11 to Sunday, Sept. 13, will feature 300 artists on
seven stages in downtown Greensboro and is a rare opportunity for North
Carolinians to experience traditional music and art forms from across America.
The free, three-day event is being held for the first time
in North Carolina and is co-produced by the National
Council for the Traditional Arts(NCTA) and ArtsGreensboro.
The North Carolina Arts Council is sponsoring Legacies of Song and Fire: The
North Carolina Traditions Stage and Pottery Demonstration Area.
"The festival is such an embarrassment of riches,"
said Julia Olin, Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional
Arts. "It really does offer something for everyone. If what you see on one
stage is not to your taste, you can just move to another and experience
something entirely different."
The first National Folk Festival (NFF) was presented in St.
Louis in 1934 and was modeled after Asheville's Mountain Dance and Folk
Festival, the oldest continuously running folk festival in the U.S., started in
1929 by folk historian Bascom Lamar Lunsford.
The NFF was the first festival in the nation to celebrate
the roots, richness and variety of American culture. It will be held in
Greensboro each year through 2017.
"The National Folk Festival will shine a bright light on
the cultural richness of our state and give audiences a sense of North
Carolina's strong cultural heritage," said Tom Philion, President and CEO
of ArtsGreensboro. "The National Folk Festival is a statewide celebration
of North Carolina and American heritage."
In addition to the seven stages there will be a dance
pavilion dedicated to non-stop participatory dancing, a family stage with
performances appealing to both the young and the young-at-heart, a Family
Activities Area, the North
Carolina Arts Marketplace, and the Festival Food
Courts, in addition to the North
Carolina Traditions Stage and the Folklife Area, presented by the
N.C. Arts Council. (See story below).
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, although some
of the stages will have folding seats available on a first-come, first-served
The site for the National Folk Festival is in downtown
Greensboro. A mix of open air and tented sites will provide a variety of
performance venues ranging from intimate stages to amphitheater size.
Festival hours are:
Friday, Sept. 11 from 5:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 from noon to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13 noon to 6:30 p.m.
For more information on the festival visit http://nationalfolkfestival.com.
For information on places to stay in Greensboro and other
visitors information go to: http://www.visitgreensboronc.com.