8th Annual Baltimore Crankie Fest is in the Scrolls!

Crankie Fest performance on stage at Creative Alliance

The Center for Cultural Vibrancy was pleased to help curate and produce the 8th Baltimore Crankie Festival. What’s a crankie you ask? A crankie is a scrolled panorama. It is a visual aid to storytelling and song, often incorporating puppetry. The festival, held at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, hosted artists and musicians highlighting stories from the tale of “Solomon Grundy,”a reworking of the cowboy ballad “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie,”a crankie about the eccentric virtuosic Klezmer musician Natfule Brandwein, a piece highlighting the struggles of an artist working through long-covid and much, much more.

Naftule crankie was created by Tine Kindermann with a script by Josh Kohn and music and sound design by Michael Winograd.