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Fourteen additional artists announced for 2018 Richmond Folk Festival

This year’s program includes a group of diverse musicians and dancers from around the world; six of these artists carry on cultural traditions that have never been featured at the festival before.

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Venture Richmond today announced 14 additional artists who will be performing at the 2018 Richmond Folk Festival on the weekend of October 12th – 14th, joining the previously announced lineup of acts.

This year’s program includes a group of diverse musicians and dancers from around the world; six of these artists carry on cultural traditions that have never been featured at the festival before.

In addition to previously announced artists, including gospel, soul, and rhythm and blues icon Mavis Staples and award-winning Irish musician Jarlath Henderson, New Orleans bounce music pioneer Ricky B will perform, as will Chinese wind and percussion masters, the Zhou Family Band, rising jazz star Brianna Thomas, and many more.

With talented performers on seven stages, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Richmond Folk Festival’s dedication to opening eyes, ears, and hearts to cultural traditions from all over the world has helped it become the largest festival of its kind in the country. And, thanks to the support of community sponsors and individual donors, the three-day festival remains completely free to the public.

“It’s incredibly special to watch Richmonders gather each year to discover and celebrate these rich cultural traditions,” Venture Richmond executive director Lisa Sims said. “We are so grateful to the community for keeping the festival going strong all of these years. It has become a Richmond tradition all its own.”

Today’s announced performers

Brianna Thomas (jazz)
New York, New York

Cora Harvey Armstrong (gospel)
Richmond, Virginia

Jeff Little Trio (Blue Ridge piano trio)
Boone, Virginia

Larry Bland & the Volunteer Choir (gospel choir)
Richmond, Virginia

Linda Gail Lewis (rockabilly)Austin, Texas

The New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble (Crimean Tatar)
Brooklyn, New York

Pan Franek, Zosia & the Polka Towners (polka)
Muskegon, Michigan

Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus (reggae)
Los Angeles, California

Ricky B (New Orleans bounce)
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sona Jobarteh (Manding griot)
Kartong, The Gambia

Tribu Baharú (Afro-Colombian champeta)
Bogotá, Colombia

Vishtèn (Acadian)
Prince Edward Island and Magdalen Islands, Québec

Zhou Family Band (traditional wind and percussion music from central-eastern China)

Anhui Province, China

Zuni Olla Maidens (Zuni dance and song)
Zuni, New Mexico

Previously announced performers

Bounxeung Synanonh (Laotian khaen)
Fresno, California

Claire Lynch (bluegrass)
Nashville, Tennessee

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh (Kathak dance)
San Francisco, California

Jarlath Henderson (Irish)
County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (blues and boogie-woogie piano)
Vancouver, British Columbia

Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners (zydeco)
Elton, Louisiana

Lulo Reinhardt (Gypsy jazz)
Koblenz, Germany

Mavis Staples (gospel, soul, rhythm and blues)
Chicago, Illinois

Orquesta el Macabeo (salsa)
Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Tamburaški Sastav Ponoć (tamburitza)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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InLight Coming to Low Line in 2021

1708 Gallery’s 14th annual InLight will take place November 12-13, 2021 at Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, and nearby sites on the Low Line in Richmond.

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1708 Gallery’s 14th annual InLight will take place November 12-13, 2021 at Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, and nearby sites on the Low Line in Richmond. InLight is 1708’s annual public exhibition of contemporary art. InLight takes place at night and each year is in a different location in Richmond. InLight features multimedia, sculpture, installation, performance, community-based works, and virtual projects that utilize light-based platforms (projections, lighting design, and more) to be experienced in the dark. Past sites include Chimborazo Park, the downtown Arts District, and the sculpture garden and grounds of the VMFA.

1708 invites regional, national, and international artists working in all media and disciplines to submit entries for InLight 2021. Great Shiplock Park is located at a former shiplock constructed as part of the James River and Kanawha Canal system. Artists are invited to propose projects that engage with and expand upon the multiple themes and histories that can be found at these sites such as: trade and labor of then-enslaved peoples of African and Indigenous descent during and following the industrial revolution; the environmental impact—especially concerning water resources—of commerce and infrastructure; and the cultivation of spaces for alternative forms of historical preservation.

The curatorial team is especially interested in proposals that address ideas around movement in air, land, and water; flows of resources; and the redistribution of power within these systems; and future-thinking projects that reflect but are not bound by the histories surrounding Great Shiplock Park to imagine the site’s specificity and potential beyond its past and present. Artists, Collectives, and Community Organizations are encouraged to apply.

For more details and to submit an entry, please visit 1708INLIGHT.ORG.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Midnight (EST), Thursday, July 15, 2021.

1708 will host two virtual meetings via Zoom to provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask direct questions about the application and selection process for InLight 2021. The meetings will be Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm. Please register in advance to attend.

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The Broadberry is F***ing Back or so I Read

Good news for lovers of live music.

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Follow The Broadberry on FB to keep up to date on all the live shows hitting the stage starting in August.

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Richmond Folk Festival and 2nd Street Festival Will Return

Short on details but the good news is the best event in Richmond will be back.

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I was thrilled to see this in my inbox this morning.

Two of Richmond’s largest and most beloved events will return this fall, live and in person. 

Venture Richmond Events plans to produce both the 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk  Festival as live events, while also following state and federal guidelines for outdoor gatherings. 

The 2nd Street Festival, in partnership with the City of Richmond, will take place October 2-3,  2021, in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.

The Richmond Folk Festival, in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts and the  City of Richmond, will take place October 8-10, 2021, along Downtown Richmond’s riverfront. 

“We look forward to getting back to in-person festivals with the 33rd year of the 2nd Street Festival and the 17th year of the Richmond Folk Festival,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events. “Now more than ever we know how important it is for us to come together safely in a shared celebration of culture and experiences, whether they are the rich traditions of the historic Jackson Ward community, or those from around the nation and the world presented on Downtown’s riverfront.  Certainly, the joy we receive from producing these two festivals is immeasurable and we will do  so with everyone’s wellbeing as our utmost priority.” 

More information will follow this summer as we continue to stay informed and aware of CDC and state guidelines for Covid-19 protocol at events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local,  state, and federal ordinances and guidelines is crucial. 

The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored in part by: Dominion Energy, Brown Distributing,  Community Foundation, Virginia Union University, and the City of Richmond.

The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored in part by: Dominion Energy, CoStar Group,  Community Foundation, WestRock, CarMax, City of Richmond, Brown Distributing, National  Council for Traditional Arts, and the Children’s Museum.

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