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Festivals are a way to celebrate folklife and traditional arts and learn from tradition bearers directly.

Most folklife festivals are designed to be both educational and fun. The themes and artists featured at many folklife festivals are identified through field research carried out in local communities. The goal of the research is to identify the background and history of various traditions and authentic tradition bearers who enjoy working with the public.

Many folklife festivals have interpretive materials such as photographs, panels with written information you can read and built structures that help set a context or natural environment for the presentations.

In 1999 and 2000, New Hampshire sponsored two very large folklife festival presentations, both developed by the Traditional Arts Program of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and supported through private donations of many generous sponsors.

NH at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

See how New Hampshire presented our living cultural heritage to the nation at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and how the experience was recreated in 2000 at the Hopkinton State Fairgrounds.

There are many community festivals throughout the year in New Hampshire.

Plan a trip to visit a regional or national folklife festival!

Ron Raiselis demonstrating

Cooper Ron Raiselis demonstrating
at the 2003
New Hampshire Preservation
Alliance Old
House & Barn Expo.

lydia mann singing

The late Lydia Mann singing
gospel music at the
2000 Celebrate NH Festival.

Photo credit: Lynn Martin Graton

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
19 Pillsbury Street - 1st Floor, Concord, NH 03301