Explore the Art of Masquerade at the 14th Annual Richmond Folk Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program joins the Richmond Folk Festival in announcing the Virginia Folklife Area theme for the 2018 Richmond Folk Festival: “Masquerade.” When: Friday, October 12, beginning at 6:00 …


First place finishes for Folklife Apprentices at Galax Fiddlers’ Convention

Virginia Folklife apprentices and dynamic sister-brother duo Aila Wildman and Eli Wildman took first place in adult old time fiddle and mandolin, respectively, at the 83rd annual Galax Fiddlers’ Convention. Congratulations to …


Eddie Bond receives 2018 National Heritage Fellowship

The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities is proud to announce that Eddie Bond, celebrated old-time fiddler from the small southwestern Virginia town of Fries, has been honored with the …


Frank Newsome’s Gone Away with a Friend released by Free Dirt Records

Free Dirt Records is releasing National Heritage Fellow Reverend Frank Newsome’s album Gone Away with a Friend on June 29, 2018. Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman and renowned country artist …


Thank you to the Founding Friends of Folklife

For twenty-nine years, the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities has presented, documented, and celebrated new and traditional cultures of Virginia, preserving treasured cultural traditions for future generations and reaching audiences across Virginia. From …


Apprenticeship Showcase FAQs

Rain or shine, please join us for Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase on Sunday, May 6 from 12:00 to 5:00pm at James Monroe’s Highland. Do I need a ticket? How much …

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Schedule and Special Guests Announced for Apprenticeship Showcase

The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase at James Monroe’s Highland on May 6 from 12:00 to 5:00pm will welcome Virginia’s 73rd Governor, Ralph Northam, to celebrate the masters and apprentices carrying …


What’s Cooking? Food makes the Showcase special

What makes the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase special? The unique stories of the food purveyors who participate in this annual event. This year’s Showcase on Sunday, May 6 at James …


Catch the NPR World Cafe Rebroadcast of Sherman Holmes

Last summer Sherman Holmes was interviewed by Talia Schlanger on WXPN’s World Cafe about his first-ever solo album, The Richmond Sessions.  And if you missed the original broadcast you’ll have another chance to hear a one-of-a-kind interview.


Get Ready: The Blue Ridge Folk Festival at Ferrum College

The Blue Ridge Folk Festival returns to Ferrum College Sat., Oct. 28th, and it’s is as authentic as it gets.


Virginia Folklife Program’s Cape Verdean Musical Exchange to showcase at the Drum and Strum in Warrenton, Virginia.

This November, the Virginia Folklife Program will be returning to Cape Verde, a musically and culturally rich island nature off the coast of West Africa, for another musical exchange.


Feed Your Soul at the 13th annual Richmond Folk Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program has produced the Virginia Folklife Area at the Richmond Folk Festival since its inception as the National Folk Festival in 2005, and we are once again …


Sherman Holmes on NPR’s Mountain Stage

Sherman Holmes kicks off this weekend’s Mountain Stage with selections from his first solo album in his fifty-year music career, The Richmond Sessions. Steve Earle and the Dukes and others share the stage with Sherman.


Southwest Virginia the place to be this weekend for great music

Join the Virginia Folklife Program in Southwest Virginia this weekend for three great events: Friday, September 1: Second Annual Show for Joe ** Concert now at Rex Theater at 4pm, …

Apply for an Apprenticeship

Virginia Folklife Apprenticeships will begin on May 1, 2020 and run through May 1, 2021. The application deadline for this cycle is January 31, 2020.