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5th annual Baltimore Old Time Music Festival charms Charm City

This overview of the 2024 Baltimore Old Time Music Festival is a contribution from photojournalist and writer Casey Vock. All photos are copyright Casey Vock. More than 1,500 people from 26 different states made their way to the fifth annual Baltimore Old Time Music Festival, bringing pickers, fiddlers, and players…...

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Swanky Kitchen Band: Guardians of Caymanian kitchen-band music

Last summer CCV Executive Director Jon Lohman met a gifted fiddler named Samuel Rose at the 87th annual Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, a much beloved musical gathering that he regularly attended during his time as Virginia State Folklorist. Meeting new fiddlers at the world’s longest running fiddlers’ convention is…...

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World Culture in Context Partners with Center Stage!

Since 2012, the Center Stage program has been bringing new artistic voices from outside of the United States to audiences around the U.S. for performance, conversation and engagement. Initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts, Center Stage…...

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What a Year! Striving for Empathy, Understanding, and Heart in 2023

As 2023 winds down, we want to take a moment to reflect on our year here at the Center for Cultural Vibrancy. We believe that the folk and traditional arts are not simply pleasurable diversions but at the very heart of how individuals express their connection to community, identity, and…...

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Africa to Appalachia to the Emerald Isle

What an amazing time we had in Ireland! CCV returned to the Clifden Arts Festival in beautiful Connemara, this time accompanying From Africa to Appalachia, a musical project that delves into the historical connections between West African and Appalachian music. The project featured renowned Malian n’goni master and griot Cheick Hamala…...

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Stellar lineup at the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival is in the DNA of the Center for Cultural Vibrancy. This FREE Festival is one of Virginia’s largest, drawing fans each year to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, and food. Featuring six stages and…...

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