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Virginia Folklife Program partners with Google Cultural Institute to bring one-of-a-kind eastern Virginia gospel recordings online

More than 180 digital assets from the ​Virginia Folklife Program can be viewed online thanks to a new partnership with the Google Cultural Institute. By partnering with cultural institutions worldwide, …

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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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Announcing Scott Street Five String Banjo Finals at the Richmond Folk Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program has partnered with JAMinc to honor the memory of distinguished Richmond attorney and dedicated banjo player Scott Street, who passed away in February of this year …

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Gallery Opening at the Floyd Country Store

We had a great opening at the Floyd Country Store last night for our Apprenticeship Program gallery. Many past masters and apprentices showed up, including Buddy Pendleton and his apprentice …

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Bogtrotters and Bristol

Next weekend Bristol will be packed with concerts for Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. From September 18th to 20th 130 artists will play all over the city on big stages …

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A new World Record at Galax

The Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is the largest and oldest fiddlers’ convention in the world, so it’s no surprise that it’s been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. …

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National Folk Festival: September 11-13, Greensboro, NC

First held in 1934, the National Folk Festival is the oldest multicultural festival of traditional arts in the nation. It is a traveling festival produced in partnership with communities around …

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There’s Something Spiritual about Watermelon Park

The Virginia Folklife Program has forged a wonderful partnership with Watermelon Park Fest, September 24-27, in Berryville, Virginia. Home to one of the country’s first-ever bluegrass festivals, Watermelon Park is …

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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 …

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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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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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Bring your dancing shoes: Showcase performances will have you on your feet

1:00pm Bluegrass with Linda and David Lay with Randy Cook 1:30pm Opening remarks by Jon Lohman, State Folklorist and director of the Virginia Folklife Program 1:50pm Bluegrass Fiddle with Billy …

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Joey’s Hot Dogs on the menu for Showcase

Joey’s Hot Dogs of Richmond, Virginia. We are thrilled to announce an exciting addition to the Showcase this year. We are bringing one of our favorite true folk masters of …

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Holmes Brothers Receive NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that gospel and soul legends The Holmes Brothers of Christchurch, Virginia, have just received the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United …

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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.