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2017 Apprenticeship Showcase Photo Recap

Photos from the 2017 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase.

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Cambodian New Year 2017

Amidst boys wearing gold bandoliers chasing each other through the lower level of the Big Temple, Sochietah Ung is the eye of the storm. His hands move quickly with gold thread to put the finishing touches on a dancer’s gold and indigo costume. Satisfied with his work on the dancer’s skirt, he lifts the small girl onto a chair to affix gold jewelry around her waist and ankles.

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Photo highlights from the 2016 Virginia Folklife Area at the Richmond Folk Festival

Another Richmond Folk Festival is in the books, and once again, the Virginia Folklife Program joined with our partners at Venture Richmond, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Union …

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Photos from the Apprenticeship Showcase 2016

Photographic highlights from the 2016 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase at James Monroe’s Highland.

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Apprenticeship Spotlight: Sherman Holmes and Whitney Nelson

By Jon Lohman, Virginia State Folklorist One of my fondest memories of the 2014 Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase was the sight of members of participating master artists the Holmes Brothers sitting …

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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 …

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Magnificent: The Charlie McClendon Story

We have created an online exhibit that includes recent and archival video, audio, and still photography, and extensive interviews with Charlie McClendon, Richard Levin, and others. It also includes an edited film, “Put Me Down Easy: The Charlie McClendon Story.”

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Richmond Folk Festival: Tenth Year Rocks Again

More than 150,000 people joined the Virginia Folklife Program on the banks of the James River from October 10-12 for the tenth annual Richmond Folk Festival. This year’s festival provided …

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Apprenticeship Showcase: scenes from the day

The Virginia Folklife Program celebrated its eleventh annual Apprenticeship Showcase on September 21. It was a beautiful day of music, crafts, and food, and we thank those who came out …

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HoustonFest 2014: Jewel of Festival Circuit

The city of Galax came alive in early May for the fourth annual Houstonfest. Born out of a community’s grief over the tragic passing of Houston Caldwell, a gifted banjoist …

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78th Galax Old Fiddlers Convention recap

The Virginia Folklife Program’s photographer Pat Jarrett joined Jon Lohman at the 78th Galax Old Fiddlers Convention. Here’s a photo recap of the week.

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