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. 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
- Europeade -- held each year in a different European country
- Boombal Festival
- Dranouter Festival
- Gooikoorts International volksmuziekfestival
- Folk Festival Marsinne
- Dver v Leto, Vyborg
- Empty Hills, Kaluga Oblast
- Grushinsky festival, near Samara
- Golos Kochevnikov, Buryatia
- Ilmensky festival, near Miass, Chelyabinsk Oblast
- Kamva festival, Perm
- Mir bardov, Samara
- Mir Sibiri festival, Shushenskoye, Krasnoyarsk Krai
- Olkha festival, near Irkutsk
- Primorskiye struny festival, Vladivostok
- Ybitsa festival, Syktyvdinsky District, Komi Republic
- Green World Yoga & Sacred Music Festival -- held in July (Skåne)
- Urkult Näsåker -- held in August each year; purportedly the largest world music festival (Ångermanland)
North Country Fair in drift pile valley
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- ^ Boombal Festival
- ^ Dranouter Festival
- ^ Gooikoorts International volksmuziekfestival
- ^ Folk Festival Marsinne
- ^ http://www.eaff.eu/en/
- ^ www.haapavesifolk.com/
- ^ www.hollolannuorisoseura.fi/hollojamartta/
- ^ www.jutajaiset.fi/
- ^ www.lastenkalenat.kotisivukone.com/
- ^ kaustinen.net/
- ^ www.kihaus.fi/
- ^ www.koskisfolk.net/
- ^ www.sottiisi.net/
- ^ /www.satahamesoi.fi/
- ^ festinfo.org
- ^ Grand Bal de l'Europe: Gennetines & St Gervais
- ^ www.parisfolkfestival.com Archived 2014-05-13 at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ The Folk Music Festival
- ^ http://www.folkest.com/
- ^ http://www.assfolkmatelica.org/
- ^ a b http://www.festinfo.org
- ^ http://www.alberobellofolklore.it/
- ^ http://www.folklorefestival.com/index.php?id=48
- ^ http://www.folktempio.it/
- ^ http://www.umbriafolkfestival.it/
- ^ http://www.lucaniaetnofolk.it/
- ^ Aitzina Folk Festival; festival solidario de música folk de Vitoria-Gasteiz
- ^ poborinafolk.es
- ^ http://www.lloretguide.com
- ^ Green World Yoga & Sacred Music Festival
- ^ http://www.urkult.se/
- ^ www.canterburyfolkfestival.co.uk/ Archived 2015-02-14 at the Wayback Machine.
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- ^ Folk on the Farm Festival
- ^ http://www.folkeast.co.uk
- ^ El Grande de Grandes
- ^ Wild Mountain Music Fest
- ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-18. Retrieved . Kaslo Folk Music Fest
- ^ http://thefestival.bc.ca/
- ^ back40folkfest.com
- ^ brandonfolkfestival.ca
- ^ harvestmoonfestival.ca/
- ^ theharvestsun.com/
- ^ matlockfestival.ca/
- ^ a b portagefolk.com/
- ^ prairiewindmusicfest.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/hello-world/
- ^ rainbowtroutmusicfestival.com/
- ^ shineonfestivalofmusicandart.com/ Archived 2015-03-15 at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ Heritage Folk festival
- ^ Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival Archived 2013-06-06 at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "Barrie Folk Society".
- ^ "Blue Skies Music Festival".
- ^ Eaglewood Folk Festival
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- ^ Blue Sky Folk Festival
- ^ Cornstock Folk Festival
- ^ 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 .
- ^ Folk Alliance International Conference
- ^ Folk College
- ^ Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering
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- ^ Stuhldreher, Tim (2015-08-12). "Don Yoder, 'dean' of Pennsylvania Dutch studies, dies at age 93". LNP. Retrieved .
- ^ Northern Appalachian Folk Festival
- ^ "Washington Folk Festival". The Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Retrieved .
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- ^ Bodrum International Folk Dance Festival
- ^ Amarrass (Desert) Music Festival
- ^ Blue Lotus Festival
- ^ Folk Festival
- ^ http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/jacob-s-ladder-the-friendly-festival-for-everyone.premium-1.516389
- 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,