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5th Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival Announced

5th Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival Announced

The interactive, family-friendly, and free celebration of Maryland’s traditional arts, music and food takes place Saturday, June 13 at The Creative Alliance

May 20, 2015Press Release

Baltimore (May 18, 2015) –The Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival is a celebration of traditional arts, music, crafts, and foods that epitomize Maryland as a distinct and dynamic cultural place. A kaleidoscope of cultural activities – from the longstanding local practices of screen painting and boat building to the global traditions taking root statewide like Korean drumming and Salsa dancing – will be on display throughout this free, daylong celebration.

"Folklife is the stuff of oral tradition – the stuff we learn from each other, across generations, that links our past, present, and future. The Festival is an inspiring reminder that extraordinary art and cultural traditions are found right here at home," said Cliff Murphy, Ph.D., Director, Maryland Traditions.

Maryland's premier celebration of traditional arts returns on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11am-7pm on indoor and outdoor stages at the Creative Alliance, on the 3100 block of Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.

The free, family-friendly festival features dozens of performers, craft artists, and food vendors from across Maryland. Workshops for children and adults include piñata making, a jug band for kids, decoy painting, Chinese brush painting, egg decorating, Native American broom-making, and many more great opportunities for hands-on activities.

Musical highlights include performances by The Sherman Holmes Project with Brooks Long. Holmes – the founding member of the legendary blues and gospel group The Holmes Brothers – is performing with rock 'n' soul musician and Baltimore native Brooks Long. Long has garnered critical praise as a standard-bearer in the recent soul revival sweeping the country.

The self-styled “Tropical Extravaganza” of Pablo Antonio y la Firma, a powerhouse of salsa, merengue, and cumbia music from the metro DC region headlines the outdoor stage. Montgomery County-based Urban Artistry will host a Dance Battle, presenting a showdown of styles ranging from club dance to flat footing. Other musical performances range from polka to bluegrass to South Indian Carnatic music.

Festivalgoers can watch craft artists at work, including decoy carver Rich Smoker, Puerto Rican instrument maker Roberto Rivera, shipwright Mark Wiest, Polish egg-decorator Carla Tomaszewski, and Indian kolam painter Shanthi Chandrasekar.

Maryland food favorites featured at the festival include Bear Creek Open Pit Bar-B-Q (St. Mary’s County), and Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony by Blessed Coffee (Montgomery County). In addition, Prigel Family Creamery’s certified organic ice cream of Long Green Valley (Baltimore County), Little Morocco (Baltimore City), and Nepal House (Baltimore City), round out the options.

"Upholding traditions is essential to our lives. Without it we are bound to lose sight of where we came from," said MSAC Executive Director, Theresa Colvin. "Traditions bring people together,
whether it's through family customs or by passing on music and art forms from the past. MSAC is pleased to support these statewide arts organizations and individual artists and thank them for sharing their diverse talents and enriching our communities."

The 5th Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival is presented by Maryland Traditions, the FolklifeProgram of the Maryland State Arts Council, in partnership with the National Council for Traditional Arts and the Creative Alliance. Additional funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Access the full festival lineup, food offerings and free parking information at and on the festival's Facebook event page. For more information on the Maryland TraditionsFolklife Festival, contact Maryland Traditions Director Cliff Murphy at (410) 767-6450, or

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About the Maryland State Arts Council 
An agency of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Maryland State Arts Council grantees generate $1 billion in economic activity and support more than 12,000 jobs and $45 million in state and local tax revenue.  Source: Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland: FY2013. For information, call (410) 767-6555 or TTY(410) 333-4519.

About Maryland Traditions
Now in its 14th year, Maryland Traditions is a collaborative statewide folklife partnership program of the Maryland State Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Maryland Traditions is designed to create a lasting infrastructure for the documentation, promotion and celebration of traditional culture in Maryland. The Program and its partners conduct cultural documentation and create public resources through the production of public programs, publications, and cultural archives.

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Media Contact: 

Jill Kubatko, Communications Manager
410.767.8851 •
Cliff Murphy, Maryland Traditions Director
410.767.6450 •