The 76th annual National Folk Festival—one of America’s largest, most prestigious, and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage—is in Greensboro this year September 9-11. This is a big deal, people! If you're like me, and you don't know that much about folk music (or you think it's only for hippies), there's a lot to learn. Folk music you'll hear at this festival includes everything from bluegrass and Cajun to Afro-Cuban, klezmer, and blues.
According to the National Folk Festival website, over three days, more than 300 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, and craftspeople will offer up "performances, workshops, and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, savory Southern and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more."
All of this excitement and entertainment will be spread across seven stages, an area dedicated to Folk Life (Greene Street between Market and Washington Streets), a Family Activities area (near the intersection of Summit Avenue and Church Street), an Arts Marketplace (between Bellemeade Avenue and Lindsay Street), and food courts in three locations across downtown Greensboro. In addition, Greensboro's own rich, multicultural heritage will be celebrated throughout the festival in special activities marked Fabric of Freedom.
We will have the unique opportunity to listen to renowned artists, including hip-hop pioneer DJ Grandmaster Flash, guitar legend Bill Kirchen, Brazilian tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval, and Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band from New Orleans. All in all, visitors will be able to select from 122 musical performances.
But this festival isn't only about the music. The festival's website describes the multi-day event as one that "embraces the heritage and traditions of all Americans—from those whose families have been here for centuries or millennia to those who have more recently arrived on our shores." You'll also find a variety of folklife performances, at least 18 art, cooking, and sports demonstrations, and workshops that celebrate and showcase the rich, living traditions of North Carolina. Storytellers, Native American dancers, potters, and folks who make regional and ethnic foods all will be gathered to show off the best of our shared history.
And guess what? It's all FREE.
For a complete schedule of events, check the National Folk Festival site here.
If you see us there, we may be dancing...or watching the kids try their hand at traditional Cherokee games or playing harmonica. But we won't be too busy to talk real estate if you're wanting to buy or sell: That's what we're here for!
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