Join us and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for their Virtual Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. when they’ll be talking with Pat Jarrett, Interim Director of the Virginia Folklife Program, with “A Brief Tour of Virginia’s Cultural Festivals.”

For its entire existence, the Virginia Folklife Program has documented folklife activities, filmed musicians and festivals, and recorded traditional artists all across the Commonwealth. Many of these recordings have remained on physical tapes since the time they were recorded. It’s only in the last 10 years that they’ve started to digitize and preserve these recordings, making them publicly available whenever possible on their YouTube channel. For as many hours as there are publicly accessible recordings, there are still big piles of tapes on their shelves. During this time of lockdown when many have been missing public events, live music, and festivals, the Virginia Folklife Program staff have been bringing these tapes online and premiering them digitally. With this Virtual Speaker Series, Pat Jarrett will be sharing some recordings of festivals never before seen and talking about these hidden gems with Dr. Rene Rodgers.

Pat Jarrett is a photographer and filmmaker who has been working for the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities for the last decade.

* “A Brief Tour of Virginia’s Cultural Festivals” is free and open to the public, but please register to attend below. Donations to the museum are welcome and help to support free and low-cost museum programming.

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