The National Folk Festival Is Back In North Carolina For One Last Year

The National Folk Festival Is Back In North Carolina For One Last Year

31st Aug 2017 Community

Mark your calendar for the biggest party in town – the 77th National Folk Festival, running September 8-10, 2017 in downtown Greensboro!

Festival attendees enjoying the music!

Don’t miss the opportunity to join us for the final year of the National Folk Festival—one of America’s largest and longest-running celebrations of music, art, culture, and heritage. The best part? This three-day celebration is FREE to attend!

More than 300 performers and artists from all across the nation—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the large-scale, three-day outdoor festival, with more than 50 different acts performing across seven outdoor stages throughout downtown Greensboro.

The celebration will kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening with a performance by New Orleans’ legendary Tremé Brass Band.  The band will start on the Wrangler stage and join the crowd for the festival’s traditional opening parade through downtown. Bring your Mardi Gras beads and your colorful

Woman dressed in traditional Bahamas Junkanoo

umbrella and join in on the fun!

To accompany the above artists, the National Folk Festival will feature a variety of savory, southern dishes and ethnic foods as well as classic festival fare that will take diners on a culinary journey around North Carolina, America, and the world. On tap at the festival will be beer by Foothills and Natty Greene’s, cider by Bull City Ciderworks, and wine by Noble Vines and Bota Box.

Based on the success of the National Folk Festival, organizers are planning a legacy North Carolina Folk Festival which will take place September 7-9, 2018 in downtown Greensboro. Check NCFolkFestival.com over the coming months for updates.

To view the full 2017 festival performance schedule, learn more about the artists, explore the food and

Tap Dancer at LeBauer Park

marketplace vendors, and other event information please visit nationalfolkfestival.com.

You can stay connected to the event on Facebook (facebook.com/NationalFolkFestivalNC), Twitter (twitter.com/NtlFolkFestNC), Instagram (instagram.com/nationalfolkfestnc), and on the National Folk Festival/17DAYS app (https://admin.myeventapps.com/artsgreensboro/downloads).

 

Collaborative Space, a new frontier.

Collaborative Space, a new frontier.

26th Jun 2016 Community

Written by Joe Rotondi

There has been a trend quickly moving across the globe. Collaborative spaces and makerspaces share resources in a way that makes them affordable to many who wouldn’t be able to access them otherwise. Sound like social capitalism…or capitalist socialism? Or could it be just a smart business model.

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A peek  inside Forge Greensboro; Photo by: Joe Rotondi

From  a macro perspective, these spaces are almost indiscernible from one another. They all promote open access, are made up of diverse and loyal communities which share the financial burden of resources that would be expensive for any one individual or business to bear alone.

Have a large conference space and and AV equipment, or a half ton Colchester machining lathe in the middle of a downtown, but only need to use them twice a week? Why not share that cost with a dozen or more others? Schedule to use it when you need to use it and only pay a fraction of the cost through a monthly subscription.That is just smart business.

More than just sharing the resources, these communities are about enabling each other. Exchanging ideas, networks, referring clients, bartering or sourcing skills or services are all added benefits of working in a diverse community that shares resources. “Water cooler” conversations happen throughout these, and go far beyond idle banter. These exchanges are leading to strong buzzwords: ideas, collaboration, and innovation.

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Collaboration in progress; Photo by: Joe Rotondi

Greensboro has examples of all of these spaces. On a micro perspective, they do differ, even within the same category. Our coworking spaces include Naussbaum Center, Co/Lab, HQ Greensboro. As for makerspaces we have Forge GSO, SELF Design Studio, A&T Makerspace, Public Library Makerspace, among other school makerspaces.

I have the privilege of working at Forge Greensboro. Though I give tours describing collaborative space daily, I am continually surprised by how others come to interact and utilyze them. In my next few posts, I will explore our local spaces to find out what they mean to those who use them most.

-joe

MADE IN GREENSBORO: IRVING ALLEN, 29, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

MADE IN GREENSBORO: IRVING ALLEN, 29, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

Irving Allen is the part of a legacy.

Irving’s uncle, David Richmond, was one of “the A&T Four,” a group of students who launched the lunch counter sit-in protests in Greensboro in the 1960s. Irving’s father, Steve Allen, was a civil rights attorney and the first black superior court judge in Guilford County. His parents and other black families banded together to grow a neighborhood in Pleasant Garden.

But the 29-year-old is blazing his own path, as a new generation leader working to improve his community.

Allen is the Triad regional coordinator of Ignite NC, an organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of young people to fight for social change.

“Young people are the only re007_pv_i_allen_BC8U5007bwason anything has changed in this country, ever,” Allen says.

He also leads the Gate City Black Lives Matter group, which he and others use to organize social movements in Greensboro. He organizes meetings, marches, concerts. He participates in conversations about race with police and advocates for a better public education system in Guilford County.

“My role is to use my relationships and the way people view me — whether it’s through my family or the history of the work I’ve done or the people I’ve worked with — to get resources to people who don’t have them.”

This notion of getting resources to people who don’t have them means that Irving is working to provide better access to money, and other tools like vans to organize and better their community by getting rid of the gatekeepers to those resources. If someone has an idea to better their community, they should be able to execute it, Irving says.

So he works to help break down the barriers. “I really don’t see myself representing folks, I see myself with the folks. We rarely do things alone.”

 

 

 

ABOUT MADE IN GREENSBORO

We are Greensboro, North Carolina. We are the city of makers.

We design, build, create. We roll up our sleeves. We get our hands dirty. We get it done. We make it happen.

Made in Greensboro celebrates those makers — the entrepreneurs, the artists, the community builders, the next generation of leaders.

Check out other Made In Greensboro profiles here.

Lead Your City Summit

Lead Your City Summit

Join the synerG Young Professionals for Lead Your City – a summit that will bring together Community Leaders & Activists to help young professionals GROW their leadership skills, BUILD on their ideas, SERVE the community and CONNECT their network.

The 2015 Lead Your City Summit will be held on Wednesday, November 18 from 12-6pm at the Triad Stage Cabaret. Registration for this event is $30. Click here to register.

Registration includes:

  • Keynote speaker Malina Simone Jeffers with Mosaic City
  • What do you want in Greensboro? Brainstorming session
  • Career development, community engagement and economic growth sessions
  • Networking Social with local nonprofits
  • Lunch & professional headshot

*Interested in information on how your employer can cover your costs for this event? Contact Hillary Meredith at hmeredith@actiongreensboro.org

Click the link below to download the 2015 Agenda.

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