One State, Many Worlds is the special North Carolina Folklife Area presented this year by the North Carolina Arts Council at the National Folk Festival, scheduled in Greensboro Friday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, Sept. 11.
Sample traditional arts and cultural from artists who hail from nations around the globe and now make their home in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Folklife Area will be divided into three distinct visitor experiences:
Lowyalty Custom Cars
The Burlington-based Lowyalty Car Club customizes cars and lowers them nearly to the ground. This “lowrider” tradition, common in many Latino communities across the United States, has found members from many cultural groups across North Carolina. Customized cars will be on display at the festival, and Ruben Olmos, the club’s founder, promises to put the cars through their paces.
The famed team Los Jets, 2004 State Soccer Champions from Siler City, will tell their story in a special exhibit and workshop. Coach Paul Cuadros and members of the championship team will recall their struggles and successes. Current team members will demonstrate their soccer skills on Saturday.
Montagnard Cultural Presentation
One State, Many Worlds and the Montagnard American Organization will present masters of Montagnard music, dance and traditional crafts at the 76th National Folk Festival. A special stage presentation will take place Sunday at Noon.
Although North Carolina may be an unknown world for many newcomers, they bring generations of experience and cultural knowledge to our communities.
Many treasure the arts of their homeland and seek to preserve them while also responding to the dynamic forces of experiencing a new cultural. Many fuse artistic styles, substituting new resources for those now lost, and celebrating the emergence of new identities born from an old world past and a new world present.
Did you know that: *
One State, Many Worlds Helpful Links:
The Traditions Stage A list of musical and dance performance
Cuisine & Cookery Area Cooking and food demonstrations
Masters & Makers Showcase Arts & Crafts demonstrations
To find out more about the National Folks Festival visit nationalfolkfestival.com.
* Sources: Center for New North Carolinians; American Immigration Council; NAFSA: Association of International Educators; and Refugee Council USA (http://www.rcusa.org/uploads/pdfs/WRD-2014/North-Carolina.pdf)
The North Carolina Arts Council is a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, a state agency. Susan Kluttz, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor