Inuit dance near Nome, Alaska, in 1900
Inuit dance near Nome, Alaska, in 1900

A folk festival celebrates traditional folk crafts and folk music. This list includes folk festivals worldwide, except those with only a partial focus on folk music or arts. Folk festivals may also feature folk dance or ethnic foods.

Handicrafting has long been exhibited at such events and festival-like gatherings, as it has its roots in the rural crafts. Like folk art, handicraft output often has cultural, political, and/or religious significance. Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other laboring tradespeople. In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic, and is often sold at festivals by tradespeople or practicing amateurs.[1] As at folk festivals, such art and handicraft may also appear at historical reenactments and events such as Renaissance fairs.

Asia

Bangladesh

India

Israel

Europe

Dancers on the Europeade 2015 in Helsingborg in Sweden.
Dancers on the Europeade 2015 in Helsingborg in Sweden.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Belgium

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Festival Interceltique de Lorient

Germany

see Volksfest

Ireland

Lithuania

Experimental neofolk act Rome performing on the Mėnuo Juodaragis Big stage in 2013
Experimental neofolk act Rome performing on the Mėnuo Juodaragis Big stage in 2013

Netherlands

Russia

Spain

The 2004 Interceltic Festival of Avilés in Asturias, Spain

United Kingdom

North America

Honduras

Canada

United States

Alaska

California

District of Columbia

Florida

Indiana

Maine

Massachusetts

Michigan

Montana

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Tennessee

Texas

Travelling

Washington

Wisconsin

Oceania

Australia

New Zealand

References

  1. ^ West, Shearer (general editor), The Bullfinch Guide to Art History, page 440, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, United Kingdom, 1996. ISBN 0-8212-2137-X
  2. ^ Harman, Danna (19 April 2013). "Jacobs Ladder, the Friendly 'Festival for Everyone" – via Haaretz.
  3. ^ "English - Boombalfestival". Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ "KAUSTINEN FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL". KAUSTINEN FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL.
  5. ^ "England's Medieval Festival - Herstmonceux Castle 25th, 26th and 27th August 2018". englandsmedievalfestival.com.
  6. ^ "FolkEast - 18th, 19th & 20th August 2017 Glemham Hall, Suffolk". www.folkeast.co.uk.
  7. ^ "El Grande de Grandes". Ballet Folklórico de Honduras Oro Lenca. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  8. ^ Gisler, Margaret (2004). "Feast of the Hunters' Moon". Fun with the Family Indiana (5th ed.). Globe Pequot. pp. 177–178. ISBN 978-0-7627-2978-4.
  9. ^ "Montana Folk Festivals FREE Summer Music Festival - Butte, Montana, July 13-15, 2018". montanafolkfestival.com.
  10. ^ "Home - Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest". folklife.wisc.edu.

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