NC Folklife Area: One State: Many Worlds kicks off Saturday at National Folk Festival

Raleigh, N.C. (September 6, 2016) — One State: Many Worlds, presented by the North Carolina Arts Council this weekend at the National Folk Festival, will feature two days of music, dance, food and craft from the state’s diverse immigrant communities.

Artists from around the world, who now make their home in the Tar Heel State, will share artwork and crafts as well as musical and culinary traditions from their homelands from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11 in downtown Greensboro.

The North Carolina Folklife Area will be divided into three distinct visitor experiences:

· The Traditions Stage features music and dance performances that enrich North Carolina’s longstanding reputation for masterful traditional music.

· Cuisine and Cookery Area introduces unique foodways from the homes and cafés of recent newcomers.

· Masters and Makers Showcase will feature age-old and modern arts and crafts that express the cultural identity of the artist and his/her community.

Below is the schedule of activities for One State: Many Worlds:

North Carolina Traditions Stage

Saturday, Sept. 10; Noon to 6 p.m.

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
Griot and kora player, Senegal

Orquestra K’Che
1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Latin tropical music, Cuba and Venezuela  

International Community Mass Choir
3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Gospel choir, Central and West Africa
La Sombra de Mexico

4:45 to 6 p.m.
Mexican dance music


One State, Many Worlds Masters and Makers

Saturday, Sept. 10; Noon to 6 p.m.

12:15 p.m.       “I Play the band:” Band leaders and Maestros
1:15 p.m.         The Function of Fashion: Hmong Clothing & Design
2:15 p.m.         Los Jets! Fữtbol
3:15 p.m.         When Traditions Meet: Cultural Fusions

One State, Many Worlds Cuisine & Cookery Demonstration Tent

12:30 p.m.       Judelande Dume (Haitian)
1:30 p.m.         Lanoy thammovongxay (Lao)
2:30 p.m.         Mohammed Mahrousa (Middle Eastern)
3:30 p.m.         Trang Tran (Vietnamese)

Demonstration: 1 to 5 p.m.   Lots Jets! Fữtbol (Soccer demos)


North Carolina Traditions Stage

Sunday, September 11

Montagnard American Organization  
Noon to 1:45 p.m.

Traditional Montagnard music and dance, Central Highlands of Vietnam

Dock RMah

The entertainment features:
Dock RMah (Jarai music)
H’Yon Kna (Rhade singer)
Janarde (dance)
Montagnard American Organization Dancers
Y’Brom, Ayun (Rhade music)
Jalin Ayun (singer)

Greensboro International Community Showcase
2 to 3:15 p.m.
Sudanese music and dance, Rvandan dance and Korean music

Ballet Folklorico Mexican Tradition
3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Traditional Mexican dance

Awalom Gebremariam
5 to 6 p.m.
Bahlawi music, Asmara, Eritrea


One State, Many Worlds Masters & Makers

1 p.m.             Spice World
2 p.m.              All My Friends:  Lowrider Culture in North Carolina
3 p.m.              This is My Home Now: Montagnard Culture in North Carolina
4 p.m.              Art of Adornment   

One State, Many Worlds Cuisine & Cookery Demonstration Tent

12:30 p.m.       Rita Pal (Punjabi)
1:30 p.m.         Bruk Kifle (Ethiopian)
2:30 p.m.         Sama Helmi (Mediterranean and North African)
3:30 p.m.         Margarita Delgado (Salvadoran)

Demonstration: 1 to 5 p.m.   The Culture of Cricket (cricket demos)


The National Folk Festival will feature more than 300 of the nation’s finest musicians, dancers and craftspeople. It will feature more than 40 performing groups on seven stages including a dance pavilion dedicated to non-stop participatory dancing, a Family Stage with performances appealing to both the young and the young-at-heart, and the North Carolina Traditions Stage.

In addition to the performance stages, there are several themed Festival areas in addition to the  North Carolina Folklife Area, including the Family Activities Area, the North Carolina Arts Marketplace, and the Festival Food Courts.

The three-day Festival, which starts Friday, Sept. 9, is FREE to the public.

The N.C. Folklife Area, One State, Many Worlds, is a project of the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.   




About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to

experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.


NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship.

About the N.C. Arts Council: North Carolina has long been recognized for rich traditions in crafts, literature, historical drama and music. Since 1964, when it was created by Governor Terry Sanford, the N.C. Arts Council has worked to strengthen North Carolina’s creativity, invention and prosperity through its four core functions: creating a strong and efficient arts infrastructure across North Carolina; planning and implementing economic development initiatives; educating our young people; and researching the impact of the arts on our state.

About the National Folk Festival: Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National Folk Festival has celebrated the roots, richness and variety of American culture. Championed in its early years by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was the first event of national stature to present the arts of many nations, races and languages on equal footing. It was also the first to present to the public musical forms such as the blues, Cajun music, polka bands, Tex-Mex conjunto, Peking Opera and many others. An exuberant traveling festival that embraces the diverse cultural expressions of the American people in the 21st century, the National Folk Festival is FREE to the public, and is produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) in partnership with communities around the country.

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA): The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is one of the nation’s premier non-profit cultural organizations dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk, tribal and ethnic arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation’s oldest producing and presenting organization with such a focus. Its programs celebrate and honor deeply rooted cultural expressions—music, crafts, stories and dance passed on through time by families and communities as well as by tribal, ethnic and occupation groups. The NCTA stresses excellence and authenticity in presenting artists to the public in festivals, tours, concerts, media programs, exhibitions, recordings and other activities, and works in partnership with communities across American to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that bring lasting social, cultural and economic benefits.

About ArtsGreensboro: With an annual budget of approximately $4 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation that builds recognition and support for the arts. Through its ArtsFund-supported grant programs, the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, I HEART ARTS Month, and other opportunities including the National Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of the community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming.