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Musical Performance at the Festival: Developing Criteria

Since its inception in 1967, the annual Festival of American Folklife has had musical performance at the core of its programming. While crafts, foodways and other facets of folklife continue to be integral parts of the Festival, musical performance unquestionably attracts the immediate attention of the casual passersby and draws the largest crowds. Recognizing its essential role, we have often enhanced its prominence within the program through such events as evening concerts and dance parties. At this year's 20th anniversary of the Festival, a special music stage offers a retrospective-a cross-section of the musical styles and performers ...

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