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3rd Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival

3rd Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival

Mexico Vivo of Baltimore City performed Mexican dance at last year’s festival, accompanied by Mariachi band Son de America, of Montgomery County.  Photo credit: Edwin Remsberg

April 22, 2013Press Release

From arts born in Maryland, like screen painting and duck decoy carving to traditions with deep global roots, like Cambodian Dance, Pinata Making and Indian Kolam Painting, the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival is a celebration of the traditional arts, music, craft and food that epitomize Maryland as a distinct and dynamic cultural place.

Maryland’s premier celebration of traditional arts returns this year at the 3rd Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival on Saturday, June 15, from 11am-7pm, at indoor and outdoor stages in and around the Creative Alliance, centered on the 3100 block of Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.

The day-long, free, family-friendly festival features dozens of performers, artists and food vendors from across the state, and workshops for children and adults. 2013 festival highlights include musical performances by Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanos (jazz/funk) and The Swallows (Doo-Wop/R&B); workshops and demonstrations by master duck decoy carver Rich Smoker and banjo makers Kevin Enoch and Pete Ross; and occupational craft traditions by Globe Poster founder Bob Cicero, arabber Donald “Manboy” Savoy, several master boat builders and many others.

Programs for the festival take place on 3 stages, including indoor and outdoor music stages and an indoor narrative stage.  “Maryland Masters,” a photography exhibit of Maryland Folklife by Edwin Remsberg, will be on display throughout the day.  The 3rd Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival is presented by the Folklife Program of the Maryland State Arts Council, in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Festivalgoers can get a first look at the festival lineup and news from the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival and other arts-related events on Facebook, and Twitter at

For more information on the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival, call Cliff Murphy, Maryland Traditions Program Director, or visit