Venture Richmond today announced 12 additional artists who will perform at the 15th Annual Richmond Folk Festival on the weekend of October 11-13, 2019.
The Richmond Folk Festival was first introduced to the region as a successor festival to the National Folk Festival, which had an incredibly successful tenure in Richmond from 2005-07. The free, three-day event has grown into the largest of its kind in the country, drawing upwards of 220,000 music fans to Richmond’s historic downtown riverfront every year to enjoy a varied and virtuosic program of music and dance performed by artists from around the nation as well as the world.
“To celebrate such a special anniversary, we wanted to create a truly memorable October weekend, inviting back some artists who were here in the early years but also introducing cultural traditions that may be new to our attendees,” Venture Richmond CEO Lisa Sims said. “And I simply cannot talk about this milestone anniversary without noting the passionate support of our sponsors, individual donors, volunteers, and attendees. We simply could not have grown this event, or sustained it for over a decade, if any one of those groups had not been with us, without fail. It is an accomplishment we are excited to share with them.”
The program at this year’s festival features a mix of long-standing crowd favorites — from blues, Cajun, and Irish to Tuvan throat-singing and gospel brass “shout bands”– as well as seven cultural traditions never before presented at the festival. The latter include several that festival organizers have long hoped to present, such as traditional music and dance from Syria and a steel pan orchestra.
Anyone who has been to the Richmond Folk Festival knows it to be a feast of sights, sounds, flavors, and new experiences — there is, without question, something for everyone. In addition to performances on seven stages, the festival also includes the Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Folklife Area, which showcases regional traditions and demonstrations, an interactive Family Area produced by the Children’s Museum, a crafts marketplace, an array of regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise, and more.
Themes for the Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Folklife Area and Stage and CarMax Family Area and Stage will be announced in September.
The 12 newly-announced Richmond Folk Festival artists include:
- Aleppo Ensemble (Aleppian wasla music and whirling dervish dance from Syria), New York, New York
- Balla Kouyaté & Mamadou Diabaté (balafon masters), Boston, Massachusetts, and Vienna, Austria
- CASYM Steel Orchestra (steel pan orchestra), New York, New York
- Conjunto Guantanamo (Afro-Cuban), New York, New York
- Julie Fowlis (traditional Scottish song, pipes, and whistles), North Uist, Scotland
- Mangum & Company (gospel brass “shout band”), Charlotte, North Carolina
- Native Pride Dancers (powwow dance traditions), St. Paul, Minnesota
- Petroloukas Halkias & Vasilis Kostas (traditional music from Epirus), Boston, Massachusetts, and Epirus, Greece
- Plunky & the Oneness of Juju (funk and go-go orchestra), Richmond, Virginia
- Riley Baugus (Appalachian songs and ballads), Walkertown, North Carolina
- Saraswathi Ranganathan (Carnatic veena), Chicago, Illinois
- Stax Music Academy Alumni Band (Memphis soul), Memphis, Tennessee
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New VMFA exhibition portrays the majestic beauty of Virginia’s Natural Bridge
The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has announced its upcoming exhibition, Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art, an exploration of the artistic portrayal of this spectacular and seemingly miraculous natural landmark. The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.
The majesty of the Shenandoah Valley’s Natural Bridge, a 400-year-old geological formation, has inspired artists, writers and explorers over the centuries. It has served as an ethereal example of the American landscape, an icon of natural history and a witness to human civilization. One of the most depicted sites in American 19th-century landscape painting, this formation captured the imaginations of artists like Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks and Caleb Boyle, as well as many decorative artists.
“VMFA is pleased to recognize Virginia’s very own natural landmark through this exhibition,” said VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. “We hope Virginia Arcadia inspires appreciation for and interest in rediscovering the wonderful natural world here in our state, and also recognizing that the environment is a precious source of inspiration.”
“Consider a time when our very landscape sparked wonder and inspired myth,” said the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Christopher C. Oliver, VMFA’s Assistant Curator of American Art. “Artists were moved to not only capture its picturesque splendor and breathtaking sense of place, but also all that the Natural Bridge represented and idealized — the sublime divinity of the natural world, the excitement of discovery, the harmony between nature and civilization and the abundance of pastoral beauty.” The Natural Bridge is also historically relevant to western expansion, slavery, natural history, tourism and ecological conservation.
Virginia Arcadia examines the Natural Bridge through more than 60 paintings, prints, decorative art objects and photographs made between the late 1700s and the early 1900s. Highlights of the exhibition include works from VMFA’s collection including one of the earliest illustrations of the Natural Bridge, an engraving from 1787 by Baron De Turpin, a French engineer sent to document the site, one of three such engravings featured in Volume 1: Travels In North-America in the Years 1780, 1781 and 1782. Joshua Shaw’s oil painting Natural Bridge No. 1 (ca. 1820) captures the view from atop the arch of the bridge looking down into a nearby creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Several works in the exhibition are on loan from institutions across the country including the Chrysler Museum, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as from private collections.
More information about Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art can be found on the museum’s website.
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.