List of folk festivals

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Inuit dance near Nome, Alaska, in 1900

A folk festival celebrates traditional folk crafts and folk music. This list includes folk festivals worldwide, except those with only a partial focus on folk music or arts. Folk festivals may also feature folk dance or ethnic foods.

Handicrafting has long been exhibited at such events and festival-like gatherings, as it has its roots in the rural crafts. Like folk art, handicraft output often has cultural, political, and/or religious significance. Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other laboring tradespeople. In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic, and is often sold at festivals by tradespeople or practicing amateurs.[1] As at folk festivals, such art and handicraft may also appear at historical reenactments and events such as Renaissance fairs.

Asia[edit]

India[edit]

Israel[edit]

Europe[edit]

Dancers on the Europeade 2015 in Helsingborg in Sweden.
  • Europeade (held each year in a different European country)

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Estonia[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Germany[edit]

see Volksfest

Ireland[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Experimental neofolk act Rome performing on the Mėnuo Juodaragis Big stage in 2013

Netherlands[edit]

Russia[edit]

Spain[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

North America[edit]

Honduras[edit]

Canada[edit]

United States[edit]

Alaska[edit]

District of Columbia[edit]

Florida[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Maine[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Montana[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

North Dakota[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Oregon[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

Travelling[edit]

Washington[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ West, Shearer (general editor), The Bullfinch Guide to Art History, page 440, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, United Kingdom, 1996. ISBN 0-8212-2137-X
  2. ^ Harman, Danna (19 April 2013). "Jacobs Ladder, the Friendly 'Festival for Everyone" – via Haaretz.
  3. ^ "English - Boombalfestival". Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ "KAUSTINEN FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL". KAUSTINEN FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL.
  5. ^ "England's Medieval Festival - Herstmonceux Castle 25th, 26th and 27th August 2018". englandsmedievalfestival.com.
  6. ^ "FolkEast - 18th, 19th & 20th August 2017 Glemham Hall, Suffolk". www.folkeast.co.uk.
  7. ^ "El Grande de Grandes". Ballet Folklórico de Honduras Oro Lenca. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  8. ^ Gisler, Margaret (2004). "Feast of the Hunters' Moon". Fun with the Family Indiana (5th ed.). Globe Pequot. pp. 177–178. ISBN 978-0-7627-2978-4.
  9. ^ "Montana Folk Festivals FREE Summer Music Festival - Butte, Montana, July 13-15, 2018". montanafolkfestival.com.
  10. ^ "Home - Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest". folklife.wisc.edu.

Further reading[edit]

  • Coffin, Tristam P.; Cohen, Hennig, (editors), Folklore in America; tales, songs, superstitions, proverbs, riddles, games, folk drama and folk festivals, Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1966. Selections from the Journal of American folklore. Cf. chapter on "Folk Drama and Folk Festival", pp. 195–225,

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