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Richmond Folk Festival Announces Artists

August 21, 2013

Richmond, Va. – Venture Richmond today announced a roster of artists for the 2013 Richmond Folk Festival. Twenty-three bands representing musical genres from reggae to salsa dura will perform on seven stages the weekend of October 11-13. Still to be announced are the many artists to be featured in the Richmond Times Dispatch Folklife Area and the Genworth Financial Family Area.

The free 3-day festival is the most popular of its kind in the country.  More than 200,000 people are expected to descend on downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the best of traditional arts.

“As we embark on the ninth Folk Festival hosted in Richmond, we continue to be amazed how fully our community has embraced the festival,” said Lisa Sims, deputy director of Venture Richmond. “Richmonders have made their Folk Festival the largest of its kind in the country, and 1,500 volunteers pitch in year after year to make it a success.”
A diverse panel of local musicians, music writers and cultural enthusiasts, along with experts at the National Council for the Traditional Arts, assist Venture Richmond in assembling an impressive mix of musical performances.  

“We sometimes say that the artists we feature are “the best artists you’ve never heard of,” Sims said. “They might not be household names, but when they leave our festival, they leave a mark here that Richmonders will never forget.”

The festival offers a full sensory experience of traditional music, dance, crafts, and food. In addition to seven stages for music and dance performances, the festival will also host:

  • A crafts marketplace featuring a variety of hand-crafted arts, from jewelry to hand-made soaps, decoys and lures, handmade jams and jellies, and much more
  • More than 30 food vendors ranging from traditional festival foods to Caribbean, Indian, African and Italian foods, to name a few
  • A Family Area fully programmed by the Children’s Museum of Richmond
  • The Virginia Folklife Area, curated by the Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Richmond’s first Folk Festival was the National Folk Festival, 2005-2007, produced in partnership with the NCTA.  In 2008 Venture Richmond began hosting and producing the Richmond Folk Festival and has continued the tradition independently, supported by community sponsors. Since 2009, the festival has consistently been voted as a top festival by readers of Style Weekly and Richmond Magazine.
The Richmond Folk Festival is free and open to the public.  Donations to support the festival can be made online at

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 more than 20 performers and performing groups, on seven stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with 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, in a continuing partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the City of Richmond, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Park Service and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Venture Richmond is a non-profit organization formed to engage business and community leaders in partnering with the City to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events.  Venture Richmond also produces such long-standing and signature community events as Easter on Parade, Friday Cheers, RVA Fireworks on the James, and the 2nd Street Festival, and partners with the Richmond Sportsbackers to co-produce Dominion Riverrock. For more information visit

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts
The NCTA was founded in 1933, and is the nation’s oldest folk arts organization.  The NCTA presents traditional artists to the public in festivals, national and international tours, concerts, radio and television programs, films, recordings and other programs.  For more about NCTA, visit

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