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The Life of Flory Jagoda: the keeper of the flame

Born in 1926 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Flory Jagoda learned songs from her grandmother, or “Nona” as she calls her, who knew the musical traditions passed down through their Sephardic Jewish …

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Richmond Folk Festival Highlights – 15th Anniversary

As we look back at the 15th Folk Festival in Richmond we can’t help but take pride in the stunning success of this event! This was another great year, and …

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2019 Apprenticeship Showcase Highlights

We are so grateful to artists and audience who braved the forecast and came out for the 2019 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. The event featured a remarkable program switching seamlessly …

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The Sweetness of Virginia’s “Little Switzerland”

Maple Syrup in Highland County   Highland County, Virginia may be one of the least populated counties East of the Mississippi, but its heart is big, the mountain views are …

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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival: scenes from the day

The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College celebrates the traditional crafts, music, foods, storytelling, horse handling skills, dog training skills, and moonshine folklore of southwestern Virginia. This festival features …

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2018 Richmond Folk Festival Recap

We wrapped up the 14th annual Richmond Folk Festival on October 14, and can’t help but marvel at that event’s feeling of togetherness and belonging that draws us in, year …

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From Sublime to Divine: Apprenticeship Showcase in Pictures

Thank you to all who came out for an awesome Virginia Humanities Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase this past Sunday at James Monroe’s Highland. While setup was done in what was at …

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Mongolian Contortion: The Art of Bending

Many of the traditions on display at the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase date back centuries in Virginia, but others are deeply established art forms that are new to this country, …

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Feed Your Soul: Another Epic Richmond Folk Festival

Photo highlights from the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival, we kept our promise to “Feed Your Soul!”

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Rahim AlHaj in Harrisonburg

While visiting and performing in Harrisonburg, National Heritage Award-winner Rahim AlHaj was able to share his love of music with school children, musicians and the robust refugee community here.

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2017 Apprenticeship Showcase Photo Recap

Photos from the 2017 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase.

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Cambodian New Year 2017

Amidst boys wearing gold bandoliers chasing each other through the lower level of the Big Temple, Sochietah Ung is the eye of the storm. His hands move quickly with gold thread to put the finishing touches on a dancer’s gold and indigo costume. Satisfied with his work on the dancer’s skirt, he lifts the small girl onto a chair to affix gold jewelry around her waist and ankles.

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