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CFP: The 22nd Annual Banjo Gathering

Monday, July 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee
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Come to the 22nd Annual Banjo Gathering, October 24–27, 2019, for three days of presentations, exhibitions, a concert, and a banjo marketplace for studying, buying, selling, and trading historical and vintage banjos, banjo parts, and related items, as well as banjos from some of today’s finest instrument makers. Since 1998, the Banjo Gathering has been the platform for banjo collectors, researchers, instrument builders, and musicians to share new scholarship and findings about the banjo as a historical, cultural, and design object.

The Banjo Gathering will be hosted by Arts@ODU, on the campus of Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk is an important 400-year-old port city in the heart of the Hampton Roads region and home to the largest naval base in the world. ODU boasts more than 24,000 students across eight colleges, the largest of which is the College of Arts and Letters, which maintains Arts@ODU, the University’s arts organization offering a rich array of visual, performing, and literary arts featuring internationally celebrated guests and innovative works by faculty and students.

Presentation Proposals:
Submit your presentation proposal here by August 1, 2019This year, presentation proposals that explore two themes are welcome: 1. Banjos Across the Water, set against the backdrop of Norfolk’s 400-year role as a key port city, explore how banjo history is shaped by travel, commerce, and industry across the world’s waterways, and 2. Inspirations for Contemporary Banjos, discover how contemporary makers use historical banjos and other musical instruments, as well as domestic and international art and design, as inspiration for their instruments.

Hotel Lodging @ODU:
Our host hotel is Springhill Suites by Marriott Norfolk, 4500 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, located on the same block as the Banjo Gathering’s meeting and display spaces. However, because the Banjo Gathering is taking place on an ODU Homecoming Weekend, we were only able to secure a block of 35 guestrooms. Prices range from $133 to $177 plus tax for single or double occupancy. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we urge you to book early. Reserve a guest room here.

Early Bird registration fee is $200.00 through August 31, 2019. The regular registration fee is $250.00 beginning September 1, 2019. If you have special financial needs contact Peter Szego

Registration is a two-step process as follows:
   1. First: Fill out this Google registration form.
   2. Second: send your Banjo Gathering registration fee* by PayPal to Peter Szego (Important: check “Friends and Family” when submitting your PayPal).

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