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4th Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival Announced

4th Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival Announced


The interactive, family-friendly celebration of Maryland’s traditional arts, music and food takes place Saturday, June 14 at The Creative Alliance

May 21, 2014Press Release

From Maryland-rooted traditions like screen painting, banjo making and decoy carving to traditions with global origins, like Congolese Rumba, Chinese Calligraphy and Piñata Making that have taken root in communities statewide, 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.

“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 to be found right here at home,” said Cliff Murphy, Ph.D., Director, Maryland Traditions.

Maryland’s premier celebration of traditional arts returns on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 11am-7pm at indoor and outdoor stages in and around the Creative Alliance, at the 3100 block of Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.

The free, family-friendly festival features dozens of performers, artists and food vendors from across the state, and workshops for children and adults. Festival highlights include musical performances by headliner Samba Mapangala and Orchestra Virunga  (Congolese rumba), Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys (honky-tonk) and Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra (Trinidadian Steel Pan/Caribbean Carnival); workshops and demonstrations by master duck decoy carver Rich Smoker and banjo makers Kevin Enoch and Pete Ross; and occupational craft traditions by Master Chinese Calligrapher John Shun-Wang, master blacksmiths Wally Yater and Peter Krug, master pigeon flyer of the South Baltimore Social Pigeon Club, David Glorioso and many others.

Maryland food favorites featured at the festival include Bear Creek Open Pit Bar-B-Q (St. Mary’s County), Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony by Blessed Coffee (Montgomery County), Prigel Family Creamery’s certified organic ice cream from Long Green Valley (Baltimore County), and Nepalese favorite Himalayan House (Baltimore City), to name a few.

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 at the indoor gallery throughout the day. The 4th 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 and Creative Alliance, with additional funding 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 Traditions Folklife Festival, contact Maryland Traditions Director Cliff Murphy (410) 767-6450), or visit

Pictured: Festival headliner Samba Mapangala and The Orchestra Virunga. The band performs an innovative mix of Congolese rumba and soukous with an earthier Kenyan style.

About the Maryland State Arts Council 
The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. The latest economic impact report shows that MSAC grantees' activities support more than 12,700 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $1.07 billion in economic activity and $48 million in state and local taxes.

About Maryland Traditions
Now in its thirteenth 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, designed to create a lasting infrastructure for the documentation, promotion and celebration of traditional culture in Maryland. Maryland Traditions and its partners conduct cultural documentation, produce public programs and publications, and create public resources through archives and grant programs. For information contact Cliff Murphy, 410-767-6450 or