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Folk Festival

A folk festival celebrates traditional folk crafts and folk music. The following is an incomplete list of folk festivals worldwide. This list generally excludes festivals with only a partial focus on folk music or arts, though these multi-genre festivals may be included in individual subcategories of Category:Folk festivals by country.

Folk festivals may feature folk art and folk music, with a focus on both or either, as well as folk dance or ethnic foods. Featured genres are often catered to a particular region or culture, for example Celtic festivals or maritime music festivals. Diverse regional genres of folk music are popular among modern audiences, and there are major folk music festivals in many countries. It is sometimes claimed that the earliest modern folk festival was the 1928 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville, North Carolina, founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford.[] Since then festivals have grown in size, such as the Feast of the Hunters' Moon in Indiana, which draws approximately 60,000 visitors per year.[] Some offshoots of folk music, such as country music and bluegrass music, have festival circuits devoted solely to the genre.

Handicrafting has long been exhibited at such events and festival-like gatherings, as it has its roots in the rural crafts. Like folk art, handicraft output often has cultural, political, and/or religious significance. Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other laboring tradespeople. In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic, and is often sold at festivals by tradespeople or practicing amateurs.[1] As at folk festivals, such art and handicraft may also appear at historical reenactments and events such as Renaissance fairs.

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Festivals by region

Europe

Dancers on the Europeade 2015 in Helsingborg in Sweden.
  • Europeade -- held each year in a different European country

Czech Republic

Poland

Hungary

Serbia

Belarus

Belgium

  • Boombal Festival[2]
  • Dranouter Festival[3]
  • Gooikoorts International volksmuziekfestival[4]
  • Folk Festival Marsinne[5]

Bulgaria

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

see Volksfest

Greece

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Lithuania

Macedonia

Netherlands

Russia

Spain

Slovakia

Sweden

  • Green World Yoga & Sacred Music Festival -- held in July (Skåne)[31]
  • Urkult Näsåker -- held in August each year; purportedly the largest world music festival (Ångermanland)[32]

UK

North America

Honduras Honduras

Canada Canada

Alberta

North Country Fair in drift pile valley

British Columbia
Manitoba
Newfoundland/Labrador
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Saskatchewan

United States United States

Oceania

Australia Australia

New Zealand New Zealand

Asia

Turkey

India

Israel

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ West, Shearer (general editor), The Bullfinch Guide to Art History, page 440, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, United Kingdom, 1996. ISBN 0-8212-2137-X
  2. ^ Boombal Festival
  3. ^ Dranouter Festival
  4. ^ Gooikoorts International volksmuziekfestival
  5. ^ Folk Festival Marsinne
  6. ^ http://www.eaff.eu/en/
  7. ^ www.haapavesifolk.com/
  8. ^ www.hollolannuorisoseura.fi/hollojamartta/
  9. ^ www.jutajaiset.fi/
  10. ^ www.lastenkalenat.kotisivukone.com/
  11. ^ kaustinen.net/
  12. ^ www.kihaus.fi/
  13. ^ www.koskisfolk.net/
  14. ^ www.sottiisi.net/
  15. ^ /www.satahamesoi.fi/
  16. ^ festinfo.org
  17. ^ Grand Bal de l'Europe: Gennetines & St Gervais
  18. ^ www.parisfolkfestival.com
  19. ^ The Folk Music Festival
  20. ^ http://www.folkest.com/
  21. ^ http://www.assfolkmatelica.org/
  22. ^ a b http://www.festinfo.org
  23. ^ http://www.alberobellofolklore.it/
  24. ^ http://www.folklorefestival.com/index.php?id=48
  25. ^ http://www.folktempio.it/
  26. ^ http://www.umbriafolkfestival.it/
  27. ^ http://www.lucaniaetnofolk.it/
  28. ^ Aitzina Folk Festival; festival solidario de música folk de Vitoria-Gasteiz
  29. ^ poborinafolk.es
  30. ^ http://www.lloretguide.com
  31. ^ Green World Yoga & Sacred Music Festival
  32. ^ http://www.urkult.se/
  33. ^ www.canterburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
  34. ^ [1]
  35. ^ Folk on the Farm Festival
  36. ^ http://www.folkeast.co.uk
  37. ^ El Grande de Grandes
  38. ^ Wild Mountain Music Fest
  39. ^ http://kaslofolkfest.com/ Kaslo Folk Music Fest
  40. ^ http://thefestival.bc.ca/
  41. ^ back40folkfest.com
  42. ^ brandonfolkfestival.ca
  43. ^ harvestmoonfestival.ca/
  44. ^ theharvestsun.com/
  45. ^ matlockfestival.ca/
  46. ^ a b portagefolk.com/
  47. ^ prairiewindmusicfest.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/hello-world/
  48. ^ rainbowtroutmusicfestival.com/
  49. ^ shineonfestivalofmusicandart.com/
  50. ^ Heritage Folk festival
  51. ^ Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival
  52. ^ "Barrie Folk Society". 
  53. ^ "Blue Skies Music Festival". 
  54. ^ Eaglewood Folk Festival
  55. ^ [2]
  56. ^ Blue Sky Folk Festival
  57. ^ Cornstock Folk Festival
  58. ^ Gisler, Margaret (2004). "Feast of the Hunters' Moon". Fun with the Family Indiana (5th ed.). Globe Pequot. pp. 177-178. ISBN 978-0-7627-2978-4. Retrieved . 
  59. ^ Folk Alliance International Conference
  60. ^ Folk College
  61. ^ Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering
  62. ^ [3]
  63. ^ Stuhldreher, Tim (2015-08-12). "Don Yoder, 'dean' of Pennsylvania Dutch studies, dies at age 93". LNP. Retrieved . 
  64. ^ Northern Appalachian Folk Festival
  65. ^ "Washington Folk Festival". The Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Retrieved .  External link in |publisher= (help)
  66. ^ Bodrum International Folk Dance Festival
  67. ^ Amarrass (Desert) Music Festival
  68. ^ Blue Lotus Festival
  69. ^ Folk Festival
  70. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/jacob-s-ladder-the-friendly-festival-for-everyone.premium-1.516389

Further reading

  • Coffin, Tristam P.; Cohen, Hennig, (editors), Folklore in America; tales, songs, superstitions, proverbs, riddles, games, folk drama and folk festivals, Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1966. Selections from the Journal of American folklore. Cf. chapter on "Folk Drama and Folk Festival", pp. 195-225,

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