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World Music Festivals

National Folk Festival
October 7, 2005 - October 9, 2005

The National Folk Festival begins its three-year tenure in downtown Richmond celebrating the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft, storytelling and food.
Richmond Virginia


The 67th National Folk Festival will showcase over 25 musical and dance performers. With the James River as a backdrop, audiences will be treated to blues, rockabilly, gospel, klezmer, jazz, bluegrass, cowboy, polka, tramburitza, old-time, mariachi, western swing, honky-tonk, rhythm and blues and zydeco music as well as traditional music and dance from Cajun, Native American, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, East Asian, Appalachian, Hispanic, African and Pacific Islander cultures.  Seven performance stages range in size from a 12,000 seat open air stage to a small, intimate acoustic style stage.


The Traditional Craft Demonstration Area will showcase world-class instrument makers from across Virginia and the Folk Arts Marketplace will offer pottery, ironwork, quilts, woodcarvings, needlework and woven baskets made by the region’s finest craftspeople. 


Regional and ethnic foods round out the festival.  Community groups, vendors, clubs and area restaurants feature cuisine traditionally found in the region or foods of specific ethnic groups.


Khmer Classical Dance Ensemble, Cephas & Wiggins, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, Mountain Heart, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano