List of folk festivals

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List of folk festivals
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General Information
Related genres Folk music, Celtic music, sea shanty, early music
Location Worldwide
Related events Category:Folk festivals, List of music festivals, Celtic festivals, early music festivals, maritime music festivals, Eisteddfod, Cèilidh, Mod (Scotland), Fest Noz, Balfolk, Feis

A folk festival celebrates traditional folk crafts and folk music. The following is an incomplete list of folk festivals worldwide. This list generally excludes festivals with only a partial focus on folk music or arts, though these multi-genre festivals may be included in individual subcategories of Category:Folk festivals.

Folk festivals may feature folk art and folk music, with a focus on both or either, as well as folk dance or ethnic foods. Featured genres are often catered to a particular region or culture, for example Celtic festivals or maritime music festivals. Diverse regional genres of folk music are popular among modern audiences, and there are major folk music festivals in many countries. It is sometimes claimed that the earliest modern folk festival was the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, 1928, in Asheville, North Carolina, founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford.[citation needed] Since then festivals have grown in size, for example to the The Feast of the Hunters' Moon in Indiana, which draws approximately 60,000 visitors per year.[citation needed] Some offshoots of folk music, such as country music and bluegrass music, have festival circuits devoted solely to the genre.

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.

Related lists and categories[edit]

Main article: Lists of festivals

The following lists may have some overlap:

The following categories may be related:

Festivals by region[edit]

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  • Urkult Näsåker, Ångermanland held August each year[35] is purportedly Sweden's the largest world music festival.






See also[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
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  3. ^ Wild Mountain Music Fest
  4. ^ Kaslo Folk Music Fest
  5. ^ "Barrie Folk Society". 
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  14. ^ Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival
  15. ^ Heritage Folk festival
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  26. ^ Grand Bal de l'Europe: Gennetines & St Gervais
  27. ^ The Folk Music Festival
  28. ^ Amarrass (Desert) Music Festival
  29. ^ Blue Lotus Festival
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  33. ^ Aitzina Folk Festival. Festival solidario de música folk de Vitoria-Gasteiz
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  36. ^ Bodrum International Folk Dance Festival
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  38. ^ Folk on the Farm Festival
  39. ^ Blue Sky Folk Festival
  40. ^ Cornstock Folk Festival
  41. ^ Folk Alliance International Conference
  42. ^ Folk College
  43. ^ Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering
  44. ^ Northern Appalachian Folk Festival
  45. ^ "Washington Folk Festival". The Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 

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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