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Richmond Folk Festival Full Schedule of Events for a Virtual Celebration

The Richmond Folk Festival is excited to announce the full schedule for the virtual celebration that will take place the weekend of October 9-11, as well as final details about all the artists who will be featured throughout the weekend.

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The Richmond Folk Festival is excited to announce the full schedule for the virtual celebration that will take place the weekend of October 9-11, as well as final details about all the artists who will be featured throughout the weekend, bringing together the community through a special television program, radio broadcasts and online streaming.

Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program and the Children’s Museum, will present new music and dance performances that are exclusive to the festival, highlights of favorite artists from past festivals, cooking demonstrations, a crafts marketplace and an official festival poster!

The show will go on—a virtual event celebrating the roots, richness, and variety of American culture.

THE FINAL FIVE ARTISTS WHO WILL BE FEATURED IN NEW, EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES IN THE LIVESTREAM EVENT INCLUDE:

  • Ann Yao (Chinese guzheng)
    Orlando, Florida

  • The Campbell Brothers (sacred steel guitar)
    Rochester, New York

  • Don Bryant (Memphis soul)
    Memphis, Tennessee

  • Jasmine Bell & North Bear (Lakota hoop dance and Northern Plains drum)
    Riverton, Wyoming

  • Pine Leaf Boys (Cajun)
    Lafayette, Louisiana

Click here for extended artist bios, plus audio and video samples on our website.

PAST FAVORITE PERFORMANCES ON VPM MUSIC (RADIO)

Listen all weekend to hear some of your favorite performances from the past 15 years of the Richmond Folk Festival. Tune in to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories. 

VPM MUSIC RADIO SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 FROM 6:00-10:00PM TUNE IN TO HEAR:

  • Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band (traditional New Orleans jazz) 2012

  • The Alt (Irish) 2015

  • Maggie Ingram & the Ingramettes (gospel) 2007

  • AltaiKAI (Altai throat-singing and traditional music) 2006

  • Bombino (Tuareg guitar) 2019

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 FROM 12:00-6:00PM TUNE IN TO HEAR:

  • Jeff Little Trio (Blue Ridge piano) 2018

  • Nathalie Pires (fado) 2013

  • Le Vent du Nord (Québécois) 2014

  • Debashish Bhattacharya & Family (Indian slide guitar) 2014

  • Joshua Nelson (kosher gospel) 2012

  • Lulo Reinhardt & Daniel Stelter (Gypsy jazz) 2018

  • Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Southern Italian pizzica tarantata) 2016

  • Marcia Ball (Gulf Coast boogie-woogie piano) 2005

ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 FROM 12:00-6:00PM TUNE IN TO HEAR:

  • Virginia Sacred Singing feat.
    Frank Newsome (Old Regular Baptist hymns) 2007
    The Paschall Brothers (a cappella gospel quartet) 2005

  • Andes Manta (Andean) 2010

  • Dale Ann Bradley (bluegrass) 2017

  • Lurrie Bell (Chicago blues) 2013

  • Amargue Bachata Quintet with Andre Veloz (Dominican bachata) 2015

  • Ahava Raba (klezmer & cantorial) 2015

  • Sona Jobarteh (Manding griot) 2018

  • Clinton Fearon (Jamaican reggae) 2009

The full radio schedule and specific performance timing can be found on our website.

ALL TOGETHER NOW VPM PLUS TELEVISION SHOW

The Richmond Folk Festival proudly presents All Together Now, a two-part television program celebrating Virginia artists, to be aired on VPM Plus on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 from 6:00-8:00pm. This television program, created specifically for the 2020 festival, features new performances from some of Virginia’s most talented artists, along with several of our favorite past performances from the festival’s beloved Virginia Folklife Stage. Viewers will also enjoy brand new, 30-minute sets filmed at Richmond’s Spacebomb Studios in partnership with VPM, from artists including Butcher Brown feat. J. Plunky Branch, Cora Harvey Armstrong, Jared Pool & Friends, and Kadencia. All Together Now features both new performances and some of our favorites from the past.

The full television schedule, channels, and list of performers can be found on our website.

CARMAX FAMILY ACTIVITIES, PRODUCED BY THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Enjoy great new interactive videos from the Children’s Museum over the event weekend! Festival fans can make the iconic Children’s Museum bag hats, among many other creative and inspiring activities. Pick up your child’s bag hat kit in advance at the Children’s Museum’s downtown location, 2626 W Broad Street, at the doors closest to Terminal Pl. Pick up dates are: Saturday, October 3 from 10:00am-noon, and Saturday, October 10 from 10:00am-noon. Limited availability, one per child in each household. First-come, first-served.

TOGETHER APART: PARTICIPATORY ART INSTALLATION ON BROWN’S ISLAND

A new and exciting addition to this year’s festival is an interactive art installation on Brown’s Island, by artist Kevin Orlosky. Public participation is encouraged! The artwork will manifest as a massive stone labyrinth that when viewed from above reveals a hand. Become a part of the sculpture and paint a rock that represents something you miss, mourn, or are excited to experience again after the period of social distancing ends. Place your rock on the black fabric inside the contours of the rock perimeter. The public installation will take place from October 4-16 on Brown’s Island. More information can be found on our website.

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL BEER, HAZY FOLK

The official Richmond Folk Festival beer, Hazy Folk, our collaborative effort with AleWerks Brewing Company, is now available at select retailers throughout the state! This New England-style IPA greets you with aromas of ripe peaches, grapefruit and tangerines on the nose. Notes of tropical fruit and slightly citrusy pine take center stage with your first sip. The addition of oats and wheat to a light and crisp pilsen malt base yields a velvety mouthfeel. Grab a 4-pack while you can! Learn more about Hazy Folk and where you can purchase it on our website.

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL T-SHIRT AND POSTER FOR SALE

VCU graduate Shannon Wright joins a talented collection of artists commissioned to design the official poster for the Richmond Folk Festival. Posters and event t-shirts are for sale at Plan 9 Music in Carytown or at Plan 9 Online.

CRAFT MARKETPLACE ONLINE SHOPPING

The festival’s Craft Marketplace features artisans selling handcrafted and traditional items, ranging from jewelry and specialty goods to original artwork. This year, enjoy shopping from over 25 of your favorite festival merchants online.

WAYS TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS YEAR’S VIRTUAL CELEBRATION

This year’s virtual celebration is a great opportunity for families to plan gatherings and watch parties at home in a safe, fun and responsible way.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

6:00-10:00pm
LISTEN
to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories from past festivals. 

6:30-8:30pm
VIEW LIVESTREAM at 
RichmondFolkFestival.org, the Richmond Folk Festival’s Facebook page, and the Richmond Folk Festival on YouTube.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

12:00-6:00pm
LISTEN
to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories from past festivals.

1:30-5:45pm
VIEW LIVESTREAM at
RichmondFolkFestival.org, the Richmond Folk Festival’s Facebook page, and the Richmond Folk Festival on YouTube.

6:00-8:00pm
WATCH
All Together Now, a special television program celebrating Virginia artists, to be aired on VPM PBS Plus Channel 57.1 WCVW digital HD transmitters, and other VPM TV stations found on our website, as well as livestreamed on VPM’s Facebook page and VPM’s YouTube page.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

12:00-6:00pm
LISTEN
to Richmond public radio VPM Music stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories from past festivals.

2:00-6:00pm
VIEW LIVESTREAM at
RichmondFolkFestival.org, the Richmond Folk Festival’s Facebook page, and the Richmond Folk Festival on YouTube.

6:00-8:00pm
WATCH
All Together Now, a special television program celebrating Virginia artists, to be aired on VPM Plus Channel 57.1 WCVW digital HD transmitters, and other VPM TV stations found on our website, as well as livestreamed on VPM’s Facebook page and VPM’s YouTube page.

STAY INFORMED

Folk Fest Insider enewsletter subscribers are among the first to receive updates and breaking news about the festival. For more information about the Richmond Folk Festival, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org.  #RVAFolkFest

TEXT TO GIVE!

We won’t be able to gather on downtown Richmond’s riverfront this year, but the show will go on and we still need your support. Text FOLK to 44321 to donate or donate online.

MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

Altria, City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, WestRock, Capital One, Community Foundation, CarMax, NBC12 & CW Richmond, Richmond Times Dispatch, VPM, SummitMedia, National Park Service, Plan 9 Music, House of Hayes, Tonal Park Studios, Spacebomb Studios

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Flower Delivery by GWAR’s JiZMak Da Gusha is Terrifyingly Awesome

Nicola Flora has for a limited time a special delivery person (delivery demon, delivery thing).

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Originally spotted on rva/Reddit is the news that will be sure to brighten that special someone in your life. Sure it will cost you $100 bucks but how many people in this world can say they got flowers from a dog-headed drummer?

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VMFA Recognizes Healthcare Workers and First Responders with Free Admission to Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities

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VMFA let us know about this wonderful opportunity for those on our frontlines to check out Sunken Cities.

Governor Ralph Northam and Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), today announced that healthcare workers and first responders can receive free admission to the exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities on view now through January 18, 2021.

First responders include 911 dispatchers, law-enforcement officers, professional and volunteer firefighters, professional and volunteer emergency medical services personnel, emergency management professionals, search and rescue teams, rescue pilots and divers, the Virginia National Guard, and members of other organizations in the public safety sector.

“Our healthcare workers and first responders have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, working tirelessly to keep our communities safe and healthy over the past seven months,” said Governor Northam. “We are extending this well-deserved ‘thank you’ from the Commonwealth and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and hope those who continue to serve Virginia so ably can experience this special exhibition.”

“VMFA welcomes first responders and all who work in healthcare to take advantage of free admission and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the wonders of ancient Egypt,” said Nyerges.

Among the nearly 300 objects featured in the exhibition are 250 works recovered from the underwater excavations of the ancient Egyptian cities of Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion. An additional 40 objects were loaned by museums in Egypt. Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities was curated by Franck Goddio, the director of the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology (IEASM) and organized for VMFA by Dr. Peter Schertz, the museum’s Jack and Mary Anne Frable Curator of Ancient Art.

Image Credit: VMFA

Highlights of the exhibition include a nearly 18-foot-tall, 5.6-ton statue of the god Hapy, the largest stone statue of a god recovered from ancient Egypt, beautiful statues of other gods and rulers of that civilization, and fascinating objects used to celebrate the annual Mysteries of Osiris.

Healthcare workers and first responders should call (804) 340-1405 to make their reservations and show their employee IDs or badges at the Visitors Services Desk when picking up their tickets. One free ticket is available per badge. Reservations for first-available tickets to the exhibition can also be made in person at the Visitors Service Desk. Reservations may not be available on weekends due to heightened visitation on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are scheduled to help limit gallery capacity during the pandemic.

Visitors to VMFA will notice several measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the well-being of visitors, volunteers, and employees in mind. Masks are required in the museum and disposable masks will be provided to people who do not bring their own. For complete information about the museum’s safeguards please visit the museum’s website at vmfa.museum/covid-19.

Ticket Information
The exhibition is free for VMFA members, children ages six and under, state employees, teachers, healthcare workers, first responders, and active duty military personnel. Tickets to see the exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 65+, and $10 for youth aged 7–17 and college students with ID.

Sponsorship Information
Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities is presented by Dominion Energy. In addition to previous exhibition sponsorships, the museum’s Dominion Energy Galleries house one of the strongest public collections of African art in the United States.

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities is organized by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology with the generous support of the Hilti Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The exhibition program at VMFA is supported by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund. Additional sponsors include The Reverend Doctor Vienna Cobb Anderson, The Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Exhibition Endowment, Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Cabaniss, Jr., Sharon Merwin, Capital One Bank, Mrs. Frances Dulaney, Mary Ann and Jack Frable, Virginia H. Spratley Charitable Fund II, Elizabeth and Tom Allen, Lilli and William Beyer, Dr. Donald S. and Ms. Beejay Brown Endowment, Wayne and Nancy Chasen Family Fund of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, The Christian Family Foundation, The VMFA Council Exhibition Fund, Birch Douglass, Jeanann Gray Dunlap Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Garner, Jr., Dr. and Mrs. William V. Garner, Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., Francena T. Harrison Foundation Trust, Peter and Nancy Huber, The Manuel and Carol Loupassi Foundation, Margaret and Thomas Mackell, Deanna M. Maneker, Alexandria Rogers McGrath, McGue Millhiser Family Trust, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Richard S. Reynolds Foundation, The Anne Carter and Walter R. Robins, Jr., Foundation, Joanne B. Robinson, Stauer, Anne Marie Whittemore, YHB | CPAs & Consultants, YouDecide, and two anonymous donors.

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‘Black Space Matters’ exhibit transforms asphalt lot behind VCU ICA into garden

A local activist transformed a vacant lot outside the Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond to highlight issues of food security and the importance of Black and brown community spaces.

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A local activist transformed a vacant lot outside the Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond to highlight issues of food security and the importance of Black and brown community spaces.

The “Commonwealth” exhibit at Virginia Commonwealth University’s ICA features work from 10 artists including an outdoor installation created by activist and community farmer Duron Chavis who builds gardens throughout Richmond. The full exhibit seeks to examine how common resources influence the wealth and well-being of communities.

Chavis proposed the resiliency garden exhibit in 2019 during a public forum at the ICA. The resiliency garden—food grown to weather the tough times and to have food independence— is installed in an asphalt lot at Grace and Belvidere streets next to the ICA and features 30 raised beds of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

An extension of the garden exhibit is the “Black Space Matters” mural by Southside artist Silly Genius. A wall in the lot is painted, with fruit making the word Black and beneath the garden in big, yellow letters is “Space Matters.” The garden beds have historic quotes from civil rights leaders Kwame Ture and Malcolm X, among other activists.

“Black Space Matters means that Black people need space,” Chavis said. “We need space that is explicitly designed, planned, and implemented by Black and brown people.”

Chavis, along with a crew of volunteers, started building the garden on Aug. 10 while the ICA temporarily closed to install other exhibits.

“We invited him to think with us about how to activate a vacant lot next to the ICA,” said Stephanie Smith, ICA chief curator. “You could think about what it means to take a space and institutional resources, then give them over to an activist.”

Chavis seeks to address the lack of food access through his activism. Food insecurity, defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food,” is an issue in Richmond’s low-income neighborhoods. The city had over 35,000 food insecure people in 2018, according to Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks.

“In a conversation about food justice, Black people are predominately impacted by lack of food access,” Chavis said. “We need space to address that issue.”

Low-income communities need access to resources and necessary skills to solve food wealth issues on their own, he said.

“We do not need anybody to come into our community to drop off food,” Chavis said.

He’s been doing work like this since 2012 and doesn’t have a hard count of how many garden beds have been built.

“Dozens, oh god, it’s all across the city,” he said.

Chavis amplified his efforts this year because of the pandemic. He fundraised and received a grant, according to a VPM report, to build over 200 resiliency gardens with the help of volunteers.

Quilian Riano, an architect at New York studio DSGN AGNC, designed the concept drawing for the ICA garden, which was envisioned as a public space for conversation and lecture. The completed garden is near identical to the original design except with an added texture and dimension, Riano said.

 The “Commonwealth” exhibit will be open until Jan. 17, 2021. After the exhibit ends, the gardens’ supplies and plants will be redistributed to other resiliency garden project locations throughout Richmond. Chavis collaborates with other groups and people to help people grow their own food during the pandemic.

Tickets to the indoor exhibitions can be reserved on the ICA website. Exhibits include a video performance by indigenous artist Tanya Lukin Linklater, Carolina Caycedo’s “Distressed Debt” and a sculpture by Lukin Linklater and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge.

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