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Virginia Czech-Slovak Folklife Festival

The 9th Annual Virginia Czech-Slovak Folklife Festival honors the cultural heritage of thousands of immigrants from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, and other Eastern European countries who chose to …

October 21, 2023 | 11AM – 4PM | Prince George
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3rd Annual Festival of Virginia Fiddling

Performing at the Festival of Virginia Fiddling 2023 are fiddlers from the jazz Romani diaspora, the Scottish American tradition, Old-Time string band music, and multi-style influences.

August 19, 2023 | 12PM – 10PM | Richmond
Sights & Sounds

 A Tribute to Virginia Folk Hero “Uncle Wade” Ward

Beloved clawhammer banjoist “Uncle Wade” was born on Saddle Creek, just outside of Independence, Virginia, on October 15, 1892 and lived in Grayson County all his life.

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Celebration of Virginia Folklife at the Library of Virginia Recap

Last weekend, we presented a two-day “Celebration of Virginia Folklife” on July 7 and 8, 2023 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, as part of the Library’s year-long 200th anniversary celebration.

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Bart Long Shares His Clydesdale Team With Bristol

Bart Long of Bristol, VA, has a hitch of Clydesdales that he regularly brings to community parades, including to the recent Memorial Day parade in Marion, VA.

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Floyd Living Traditions Festival

The festival will showcase traditional and contemporary expressions of crafts, including basket making, quilting, spinning, weaving, instrument making, blacksmithing, woodworking, and more.

August 26, 2023 | 10AM – 6PM | Floyd
Sights & Sounds

Linda Skeens’s ‘Blue Ribbon Kitchen’

This year, Linda Skeens of Russell County returned to the VA-KY Fair with a new book in tow: “Blue Ribbon Kitchen: Recipes and Tips from America’s Favorite County Fair Champion.”

Sights & Sounds

geonovah: Big Stone Rap

Hip-hop artist Geonoah Davis was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, and he is making it his mission to build a supportive community for artists like him—artists that do not fall into stereotypical Appalachian categories.

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$52,000 in Awards Distributed to Support Folk Arts and Culture in Bristol Region

The Greater Bristol Folk Arts & Culture Team is thrilled to announce the recipients of its grant and fellowship program to support folk arts and culture in the region.

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Virginia Folklife Awards $35,000 to Five Apprenticeship Teams

The five apprenticeship teams represent artforms with centuries-old roots in Virginia—African American storytelling and music, as well as old time fiddling—as well as the dance and music of Bolivia and Puerto Rico.

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Music as Work

Join us and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a fascinating discussion on “Music as Work,” in partnership with the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME). Coming from a variety of …

May 23, 2023 | 7PM | Bristol
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A Celebration of Virginia Folklife: Performances, Displays & Activities

Join us on Saturday, July 8 at the Library of Virginia for an afternoon of performances, displays, and activities highlighting old and new Virginia musical traditions including blues, fiddling, shape-note singing, and more.

July 8, 2023 | 12PM – 4PM | Library of Virginia, Richmond
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