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N.C. Folk Festival, free and fun, starts Friday

Photo of marching band at folk festivalThe N.C. Folk Festival will be held this Friday through Sunday in downtown Greensboro. Admission is free.

The North Carolina Folk Festival is an outdoor celebration of cultural roots and heritage held annually Greensboro. It features performances and demonstrations by outstanding musicians, dancers and craftspeople – with performing groups on multiple stages including a dance pavilion dedicated to non-stop participatory dancing. A family stage with performances will appeal to both the young and young-at-heart. This festival in Greensboro succeeds the National Folk Festival, which was held in Greensboro the past three years.

UNCG is a sponsor of the N.C. Folk Festival, and many Spartans will volunteer throughout the event. Davie Street will become “Spartan Way” during the festival.

Among the UNCG alumni and/or staff who will be on stage during the festival are:

Rhiannon Giddens
Lalenja Harrington
Laurelyn Dossett, host of “Songs of Hope and Justice”
Carol Thompson, Contra dance caller
Dom-Sebastian Alexis of “B-Boy Ballet”
Chuck Folds and Eddie Walker of Big Bang Boom

Chancellor Gilliam will help kick off the event Friday night around 7 p.m. at the BCBS NC Citystage, the large stage located between Friendly and Market.

Know of more Spartans on stage during the festival? Let us know.

Many UNCG groups and schools, including the School of Education, College and Visual and Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, UNCG Athletics’ spirit squad, JSNN, Team Quest and more, will help in entertaining the crowd and bringing UNCG to the festival attendees. Want to volunteer? UNCG faculty/staff may volunteer here.

Students may volunteer at go.uncg.edu/spartanway.

Festival information is at https://ncfolkfestival.com/.

Check back for more information.

By Mike Harris