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Richmond Folk Festival Announces Second Wave of Artists


Press contact: Kelly Vance
August 22, 2017 at 12pm


RICHMOND, Va. – Venture Richmond released today a list of 13 additional artists who will be performing at the 13th Annual Richmond Folk Festival, a FREE, three-day music event held this year on October 13-15, 2017.

“The Folk Fest continues to connect people, with neighbors enjoying the same traditional arts side by side,” says Venture Richmond Executive Director Lisa Sims. “It brings the city together and shows what Richmond is really about.”



An eclectic mix of musicians, artisans, dancers, and more from all over the world bring their unique cultural traditions to Richmond; nine of these traditions have never before been presented at the festival, the largest folk festival of its kind in the nation. Despite record amounts of rain from Tropical Storm Matthew in 2016, more than 125,000 people came out to experience one of Richmond’s most beloved traditions.

Still to be announced in September is this year’s theme and roster of artists and craft demonstrators to perform at the ever-popular Union/Richmond Times Dispatch Virginia Folklife Area, featuring an array of traditional music, dance, food, and crafts from across the region. Programming for the CarMax Family Area and Stage, produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond, will also be revealed next month.

2017 Richmond Folk Festival Artists:

See extended bios, audio and video samples.

Sponsors and Partners:

Dominion Energy
The Community Foundation
Union Bank & Trust
Richmond Times Dispatch
NewMarket Corporation
City of Richmond
VCU Health
Genworth Financial
Food Lion
Virginia is for Lovers
Children’s Museum of Richmond
NBC12 & CW Richmond
WCVE Radio
American Civil War Museum
Hilton Garden Inn
VA Folklife Program
GRTC Pulse
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Jam, Inc
National Park Service
Plan 9 Music
County Waste
Wells Fargo
Winn Transportation
House of Hayes
Federal Reserve Bank  
Virginia War Memorial


Richmond Folk Festival producing partners include the City of Richmond, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), The American Civil War Museum, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and the Virginia Folklife Program.


To learn more about the Richmond Folk Festival visit

About The Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia's largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond's historic riverfront. The Festival is a FREE three-day event that got its start as the National Folk Festival, held in Richmond from 2005-2007.

In the tradition of the "National," the Richmond Folk Festival features skilled performing groups passionate about preserving a diverse array of cultural traditions on seven stages. The festival includes continuous music and dance performances, a Virginia Folklife Area featuring ongoing demonstrations, an interactive Family Area produced by the Children's Museum of Richmond, a folk art marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more. More information is available at

About Venture Richmond

The Festival is produced by Venture Richmond Events, LLC a subsidiary of Venture Richmond. Venture Richmond is a non-profit organization which engages business and community leaders in partnering with the City of Richmond to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy, and events. Venture Richmond also produces such longstanding and signature community events as Easter on Parade, TEDxRVA, Friday Cheers, and the 2nd Street Festival, and partners with the Richmond Sports Backers to co-produce Dominion Riverrock. For more information visit

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts

The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation's oldest folk arts organization. The NCTA presents the nation's very finest traditional artists in festivals, tours, international cultural exchanges, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions, media productions, school programs, and other activities. It works in partnership with communities across America to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that deliver lasting social, cultural, and economic benefits. For more about the NCTA, visit


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