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The Unbelievable Artistry of Baltimore Crankie Fest

That’s a wrap! The 2023 Baltimore Crankie Fest came and went and in its wake, nearly 1,000 audience members from around the world were moved and thrilled by the hand-scrolled panorama known as the crankie. Above, Alex and Olmsted showcase their unique “Bread” crankie, one of the nine storytelling pieces…...

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Virtual Field Trips: World Culture in Context

Launched by CCV in late 2020 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, World Culture in Context (WCC) takes students on a virtual field trip by connecting them with community tradition-bearers from across the globe. Students can visit with a roster of artists from Tuva to South Korea to Columbia…...

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Habibi Festival: A Musical Snapshot from Marrakech to Baghdad

We are proud to support this dazzling showcase of contemporary and traditional music of North Africa and the Middle East that spanned five evenings at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Now in its second year, the Habibi Festival took listeners on a journey of the sounds wafting through the…...

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No Rain, All Love: 2022 Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival is in the DNA of the Center for Cultural Vibrancy. The 2022 Festival was one of the most successful ever, drawing an audience of more than 230,000 people who were treated to a weekend of sunny skies, incredible traditional music and crafts, and a sense of…...

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The Legendary Ingramettes Take Ireland, Then the World! 

With support from USArtists at the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, CCV organized and produced a ten-day tour of Ireland for the Legendary Ingramettes from September 16-26. This female-fronted gospel powerhouse performed at festivals, at concert halls large and small, connected with new friend Rhiannon Giddens for a workshop at the University…...

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Sharing the Music of Carnival: Monobloco Percussion Workshop

Visiting from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Grupo Monobloco is a Carnival bloco (street drum ensemble) beloved in their native country. Monobloco visited the D.C. area on June 29th with support from EduCarte, a Maryland-based nonprofit which offers music, dance, and arts programming that centers around encounters of African, Latin, indigenous,…...

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