Virginia Folklife Program Announces Apprenticeship Class of 2016–2017

The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces the 2016-2017 class of Master Artists in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Master Artists are selected through a …


Folklife Program Announces New Partnership with Ash Lawn-Highland

The Virginia Folklife Program is excited to announce a new partner with Ash Lawn-Highland, the historic home of James Monroe, to host the annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. The event …

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Richmond Folk Festival Bolivian Parade: A Feast for the Senses

The 2015 Richmond Folk Festival was nothing short of glorious: great weather, enthusiastic crowds, and excellent music, food, and crafts. A highlight of the festival was the parade of Bolivian …


Bolivian Traditions to Come Alive at the Richmond Folk Festival

Virginia is home to the largest Bolivian-born population in the country. In celebration of Bolivian cultural vitality in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Folklife Program will spotlight the traditions that connect …

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Andrei Saveliev and Aaron Mott

The balalaika, a traditional Russian stringed instrument with a triangular wooden body, is often referred to as “the Russian three-string guitar.” It was considered a folk instrument in Russia, and …

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Galleries Host Virginia Folklife Program Photographs

Photographs from the Virginia Folklife Program made by staff photographer Pat Jarrett are on display at two separate galleries in the Commonwealth this summer and fall. Jarrett’s photographs of Joe …


Celebrating Youth “Tradition Bearers” and the Masters Who Taught Them at 2015 Richmond Folk Festival

Fans of the Richmond Folk Festival may notice a bit of a younger vibe at the Virginia Folklife Area this year. While the Virginia Folklife Program will continue to celebrate …

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Folklife Master Artist Ganna Natsag meets the Dalai Lama

Ganna Natsag, a master artist of the Mongolian mask making tradition who lives in Arlington, traveled to India in December to visit the Dalai Lama in a quest for world …


Farewell and thanks to Barry Bergey

We at the Virginia Folklife Program would like to send our best wishes to Barry Bergey in his retirement from his post as Director of the Division of Folk and …

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Francisca Ramirez Acosta and Laura Ortiz

The word mole can refer to any of a number of richly flavored sauces traditionally used in Mexican cuisine, or to dishes based on these sauces. Varieties of mole include …

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A Conversation With Laura Ortiz

A Mexican Folk Dancer connects to her daughter and heritage through the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program By Anna Kariel “The story of Virginians, other than the story of Virginia Indians, …

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Nader Majd and Ali Reza Analouei

Dr. Nader Majd, of Arlington, Virginia, was born in Sari, Iran, and began studying and playing the santur, or Persian hammered dulcimer, and violin at the age of six. He …

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