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Bolivian Traditions to Come Alive at the Richmond Folk Festival

Dance Performances, Craft Demonstrations and a Parade Planned for the Virginia Folklife Area

 

August 30, 2015


Bolivian Traditions to Come Alive at the Richmond Folk Festival
Dance Performances, Craft Demonstrations and a Parade Planned for the Virginia Folklife Area

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia is home to the largest Bolivian-born population in the country. In celebration of Bolivian cultural vitality in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Folklife Program is pleased to spotlight the traditions that connect Bolivians young and old at the 2015 Richmond Folk Festival.

Performances will include various aspects of Bolivian culture, from sacred religious ceremonies to dazzling dance performances. The cultural highlight of the weekend will be a live performance on Saturday evening by international champion Tinku dance group Fraternidad Cultural Pachamama, backed by the traditional Bolivian dance band Sol De Los Andes. Immediately following the performance, more than 100 dancers will disembark from the Folklife Stage and parade through the festival site, concluding at the Atria Main Stage.

“We’re fortunate to have an incredibly large and rich Bolivian culture in the state of Virginia,” said State Folklorist Jon Lohman. “The Virginia Bolivian community is excited to share their culture with others, and we’re delighted our attendees will have the privilege of experiencing these remarkably lively traditions.”

Dance performances include:

  • Fraternidad Cultural Pachamama (on stage)
  • Fraternidad Alma Boliviana (in parade)
  • Centro Cultural Bolivia (in parade)
  • Fraternidad Folklorica Cultural Caporales Universitarios San Simon filial VA (in parade)
  • Morenada (in parade)
  • Fundacion Socio Cultural Boliviana (in parade)

The full list 2015 Virginia Folklife Stage Performers is available here.

Craft Area demonstrators include:

  • Clothing and Costumes in Bolivia (on display in Folklife Crafts Area)
  • Nelly Zapata, President of Comite Pro Bolivia, showing costumes and textiles in Folklife Area
  • Mesa of Remembrance (on display in Folklife Crafts Area)
  • Mesa of Worship (on display in Folklife Crafts Area, ritual performed during festival)
  • Julia Garcia, cultural historian, creating the mesas in Folklife area
  • William Pozo-Zarate, flute maker demonstrating instrument making in crafts area

The Virginia Folklife Program, a public program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is the state center for the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage.
The Virginia Folklife Stage and Folklife Area is co-sponsored by Union Bank & Trust and the University of Richmond.

Other festival sponsors include Altria, Dominion, The Community Foundation, CarMax, VCU and VCU Health System, Genworth, the Richmond Times­ Dispatch/richmond.com, WestRock, New Market Corporation, AmTrak, and Loveland.

Richmond Folk Festival producing partners include the City of Richmond, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, The American Civil War Center at Tredegar, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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About the Virginia Folklife Program
The Virginia Folklife Program, a public program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is the state center for the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, Virginia’s rich folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community. Visit VirginiaFolklife.org for more information.

About Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. VFH, established in 1974, encourages discovery and connection through the humanities by supporting and producing programs for a wide public audience. For more information about VFH, visit VirginiaHumanities.org
About The Richmond Folk FestivalThe 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 excellent performing groups representing 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 www.richmondfolkfestival.org <http://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/>.

 

 

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