Essential information for your folk festival weekend
The Richmond Folk Festival returns to an in-person event as it celebrates its 17th anniversary October 8-10, 2021, inviting fans to the riverside of downtown Richmond to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food.
The free three-day outdoor event is produced by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy and the City of Richmond.
Showcasing five stages and featuring the music and dance of 30 artists from across the country and around the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces the full program of performances, a captivating mix of cultural traditions, excellence artistic and individual creativity of some of the best traditional artists in the country. artists.
“We are delighted to welcome everyone to the beautiful historic riverside area of downtown Richmond. We’re doing everything we can to make sure the Richmond Folk Festival is the same great event you’ve come to know and love, ”said Lisa Sims, CEO of Venture Richmond. “A year and a half into the onset of the pandemic, and with a fully approved vaccine available to most of us, we all have tools to help minimize our risks. These tools include wearing a mask for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, social distancing where possible, and vaccination if you can. We hope everyone will be a good neighbor to other participants using each of these tools. Our Covid plan is a solid guide to making sure we are all as safe as possible. Our staff, team, volunteers and vendors will be masked at the festival – regardless of their immunization status – and all performers will be masked until they are on stage and on stage. We hope to see you there! “
Venture Richmond Events continues to closely monitor CDC and Virginia guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols for large in-person outdoor events. A commitment to safety and compliance with local, state and federal ordinances and recommendations guide all decisions regarding in-person and outdoor events. (see COVID-19 guidelines)
Complete schedule of performances
Read all about the artists at each stop and check out the full schedule of weekend events.
Read all about each artist who performs, as well as audio and video samples.
Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Folklife Area and Stage
The Virginia Folklife Area and Stage returns this year with another scintillating lineup from some of the Commonwealth’s best traditional artists. After a year of absence, we are delighted to once again welcome friends who have graced our stage over the years. We’ll revel in the virtuoso bluegrass styles of Danny Knicely, the lightning-fast oyster knife of scaly champions Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon Boyd, and the moving and electrifying harmonies of Richmond’s own legendary Ingramettes. Our Virginia Folklife Stage 2021 will also introduce audiences to a multitude of talented artists who are gracing our stage for the first time. We’ll go honky-tonking with Telecaster giant Redd Volkaert, get moving and be moved by the hip hop and bluesy prowess of J Pope and the HearNow and Justin Golden and the Come Up, and we’ll get carried away by the frenzy of Corn Tornado, a raucous and infectious bluegrass group led by one of Virginia’s greatest songwriters, David “Bluegrass Buddy” Via, came together for this unique performance.
In addition to the musical offerings on the Folklife scene, the Virginia Folklife Traditional Crafts Area will present MASK, featuring the remarkable Mongolian masks and ceremonial and dance costumes of Arlington, Virginia, resident Gankhuyag “Ganna” Natsag, marking the first time that The Folklife The traditional craft area showcases the work of a single artist. Ganna is famous for recreating the 108 masks associated with the Mongolian Buddhist tsam, a secret and subtle ritual that was banned by the Communist government in the 1930s, along with other religious manifestations of the tsam. Ganna’s
the art has been exhibited to audiences around the world, including the Dalai Lama himself. For Ganna’s working life, the Mongolian government recently honored him with the title of Cultural Ambassador to the United States.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Folklife Area and Stage is produced by the Center for Cultural Vibrancy.
Read all about the artists at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Folklife Area.
Update of the CarMax family zone
Due to the highly interactive nature of the activities planned for the CarMax family space, the Richmond Folk Festival will not be hosting a family space this year. The CarMax Family Space, produced by the Children’s Museum, is a robust and engaging, much-loved part of the festival. However, due to the lack of an approved Covid 19 vaccine for children under 12, we believe it is best to cancel Family Zone activities for the safety of our smaller customers. The Children’s Museum will return to host the much-loved CarMax Family Area in 2022.
For all festival information, please visit RichmondFolkFestival.org. #RVAFolkFest
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The Richmond Folk Festival is produced by Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy and the City of Richmond.
The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored by Altria, Dominion Energy, CoStar Group, CarMax, NewMarket Corp., Richmond Times-Dispatch, WestRock, Brown Distributing, Community Foundation, LIDL, Virginia Lottery, Atlantic Union Bank, NBC12 & CW Richmond, VPM, SummitMedia, Hilton Richmond Downtown, ONE Casino + Resort, Amtrak, Children’s Museum, American Civil War Museum, National Park Service, Virginia Humanities, JAMinc., Plan 9 Music, RMC Events, PD Brooks, SmartBox, Virginia Housing, Winn Transportation, House de Hayes, TNT Auto Rental, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia War Memorial.