The National Folk Festival is a celebration of traditional music, dance, craft, and food that captures the heart of the American experience. This year, the National Folk Festival comes to Salisbury with a dance pavilion, crafters, regional and ethnic foods, a juried marketplace, and seven amazing stages featuring more than 350 artists to the banks of the Wicomico River.
This year’s festival will mark the first in a three-year stint in Salisbury. The free, family-friendly event runs from September 7-9 and will feature folk artists from across the country, with a special area reserved the Maryland Traditions state folklife program to present living cultural traditions from Maryland. Festival hours are 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8; and noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.
Traditions from Around the Corner and Around the World
Folk masters from Andean, Azerbaijani, and Irish traditions will perform at the festival alongside Maryland-based performers and demonstrators—including wildfowl decoy art (Somerset County), Cambodian ceremonial music (Montgomery County), and screen painting (Baltimore City), which have recently been recognized by Maryland Traditions . Announcements about festival performers are ongoing, so keep checking nationalfolkfestival.com for updates.
A History of Diversity
The National Folk Festival is celebrating its 78th year in 2018 and is the oldest such festival in the United States. Producers at the National Council for the Traditional Arts have been committed to presenting the country’s rich cultural traditions since 1933. Maryland Traditions, a program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is one of the nation’s oldest state folklife programs and has worked to support Maryland’s living cultural traditions since 1974.
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