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Maryland Traditions Folklife Program Announced for the National Folk Festival

The National Folk Festival will be held in downtown Salisbury, Sept 7-9, beginning a three-year partnership with the city, and Maryland Traditions has announced its program for the Maryland Traditions stage at the event. The Maryland Traditions Folklife Area & Stage is devoted to celebrating the rich, living traditions of Maryland—from its Appalachian Mountains to its Atlantic beaches, with a different theme each year. Performances, demonstrations, displays, exhibits, and narrative presentations by Maryland masters will express both the state’s deep history and its evolving character.

Chesapeake Traditions is the theme of the 2018 Maryland Traditions Folklife Area program. Curated by Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, Chesapeake Traditions will explore the region’s rich material, occupational, sacred and musical traditions, which have flourished in the state’s maritime, marsh and agricultural communities for generations, and feature approximately 20 artists and 16 performers and craftspeople from the Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Awards program. “The National Folk Festival is the best possible showcase for artists who are inspired by, and respond to, creative energies that operate on a cellular level. There is an urgency in the necessity to share creative traditions that is as exciting to the audience as it is to the artist,” said Ken Skrzesz, Director, MSAC. For more information on the program, follow this link to the MSAC website.