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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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Photos: Preview of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter

November 23rd is when you can check out the lights at Lewis Ginter but last night we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek.

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Full details on Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights can be found here or on the Lewis Ginter website.

 

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InLight 2020: Safety and Accountability will be Spread About the City

The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond.

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Usually, the 1708 Gallery’s 13th annual InLight is held in one location allowing the various exhibits to be within easy walking distance from each other. This year the theme of Safety and Accountability hints to a new setup for InLight. The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond and will address the paired themes of Safety and Accountability. Learn more.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Afrikana Independent Film Festival; Amy Smith; The Anderson; Barry O’Keefe; Black Matter Productions; Caitlin & Misha; Calvin Brown; Carl Patow; Christine Wyatt & Amena Durant; Dustin Klein, Alex Criqui, Miguel Carter-Fisher, & Josh Zarambo; The Kinfolk Effect; LaRissa Rogers; Mariana Parisca & Sandy Williams IV; New Negress Film Society; Performing Statistics; Stephanie J. Woods; Victor Haskins & ImproviStory

 You can check out the interactive map here. Of the 18 exhibits only one is on the southside of Richmond and it’s only on Friday night.

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Photos: Maymont Garden Glow

We escaped the election for a few hours last night and wandered around Maymont’s Garden Glow. Garden Glow turns off the lights this weekend so get your ticket now.

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Maymont Garden Glow runs through Sunday, November 7th. The fee is $12 and if you take your time takes about 45-60 minutes. It does feel relatively small but still very much worth the trip. The most popular spots were the creatures and plants made with light near the Italian Garden and the music maker (near the mansion), in which you step on panel and are rewarded with sounds and light changing.

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Brighten your autumn nights on a wondrous light-filled journey through Maymont, in a NEW LOCATION this year showcasing the historic architecture and gardens around Maymont Mansion. The scenery will shine with dramatic light displays for an enchanting experience to delight guests of all ages. Marvel at the breathtaking illuminations of the Italian Garden and other landscapes, admire colorful sparkles and shimmers in the splashing fountain, and stroll among historic estate buildings and the nationally treasured arboretum that stand aglow. The event also will include food trucks (see schedule), the Glow Bar and Glow Shop on the Carriage House Lawn. Proceeds benefit Maymont; no refunds. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 322.

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