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Festivals

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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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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Sankofa, Y’all: Affrolachian On-Time Music Gathering

“The Thang” is the place to be. Otherwise known as the Affrolachian On-Time Music Gathering, The Thang ​brings together lovers and practitioners of Black Appalachian music and dance in the Piedmont of Central Virginia. This 3 day event will take place September 30 through October 2 in Orange, Virginia, culminating…...

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8th Annual Baltimore Crankie Fest is in the Scrolls!

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…...

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Balla Kouyate visits students at the National Folk Festival as part of World Culture in Context

We went LIVE… Virtually!  We partnered with our good friends at the NCTA and the Maryland Folk Festival to bring NEA National Heritage Fellowship winner Balla Kouyate to remotely visit with Salisbury, Maryland, public school students prior to the festival through our World Culture in Context program.  Keeper of an…...

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