The first North Carolina statewide folklife festival to be held in 35 years will take place in Carrboro on Saturday, Sept. 28th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From the press release:
North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s oldest and most vibrant communities of traditional arts and folklife. This festival brings them to the walkable town of Carrboro, so that in just one day visitors can experience a feast of traditional music, art and craft, dance, demonstrations, documentary ﬁlms, symposia, storytelling events, hands-on activities, food traditions, and more. As they stroll from venue to venue, families will ﬁnd child-friendly activities throughout the festival as well.
“While North Carolina has many wonderful festivals, we have not had a statewide folklife festival in 35 years,” said Joy Salyers, Executive Director of the North Carolina Folklife Institute. “It’s vital to our culture to honor our oldest traditions and also celebrate traditions that have been developed or brought to the state in recent years.”
Janet Hoshour, President of the North Carolina Folklore Society added, “The collaboration of folklorists and folk artists with the North Carolina Folklore Society over the past century, along with support from organizations like the Folklife Institute and the Folklife Program at the state Arts Council, has created an almost unprecedented ﬂourishing of folklife and traditional arts here in our state.