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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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Torchbearer of the Blues Jontavious Willis In Baltimore from February 15-17, 2023

The greatest young torchbearer of blues music in America is Georgia’s own Jontavious Willis. The great Taj Mahal says of him, “Jontavious Willis. That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind. He’s a great new voice of the 21st century in the acoustic blues.” The Center for Cultural Vibrancy has been working with…...

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Feeling a Bit Crankie? Join us for Crankie Fest 2023, January 6-8, 2023 in Baltimore

Do you feel that warm glow upon your chilled face? Is there a hint of magic in the air? That’s right, it’s crankie season! What is a crankie you might ask? A crankie is a scroll that provides the visual narration to a story or song. Versions of the crankie…...

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globalFEST brings the Legendary Ingramettes to Lincoln Center in New York City

Concert: Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 7:00pm For twenty years the cultural catalysts at globalFEST have been opening minds and hearts to unexpected musical discoveries through their annual festival in what NPR Music calls “a thrill ride.” The flagship festival at the core of globalFEST gives audiences the opportunity to…...

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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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