Photo highlights from the 2016 Virginia Folklife Area at the Richmond Folk Festival

Another Richmond Folk Festival is in the books, and once again, the Virginia Folklife Program joined with our partners at Venture Richmond, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Union Bank and Trust, and hundreds of other supporters and volunteers to bring an incredibly diverse community together. This free event presented a plethora of traditional arts in the most relatable way. At the Folk Festival the arts are not out of reach, or out of touch – they’re accessible to everyone, and the sense of community there is palpable.

Some years the weather is kind. This year, not so much. But over 12 years Richmond has proven itself to be an incredibly strong audience who will come out, rain or shine. This year Saturday was perhaps the wettest on record and, yet, we still hosted 125,000 people over three days.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the Virginia Folklife Area, where home cooks demonstrated foodway traditions from across the Commonwealth and amazing musicians performed on stage: