Bottinelli to lead National Folk Festival group

The National Council for the Traditional Arts Board of Directors — the national group behind the National Folk Festival that was just held in Salisbury — has announced that Lora Bottinelli has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Bottinelli is an experienced arts leader, administrator, fundraiser and folklorist who comes to the NCTA […]

National Folk Festival crowds pegged at 63,000

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, National Folk Festival Local Manager Caroline O’Hare, and the National Council for the Traditional Arts are excited to announce that attendance estimates have been tallied, and the National Folk Festival in Salisbury drew approximately 63,000 attendees in its inaugural year. “It’s an unequivocal success,” said Mayor Jake Day. “We expected to […]

Festival ‘a transformative moment’ for Salisbury

As far as Mayor Jake Day is concerned, the National Folk Festival changed Salisbury forever. “It was, I think, a transformative moment for our city,” he said about the three days of music, arts, entertainment and foods last Friday to Sunday that drew about 60,000 people to the ever-growing and much-improved Downtown. “We have received […]

Volunteers still needed for National Folk Festival

With just under two weeks until the National Folk Festival opens in Salisbury, drawing up to 80,000 people in town to enjoy music and dance, volunteers are still needed. About 800 volunteers are required to man the event, Sept. 7 tthrough 9 Downtown, and can sign up individually or with groups of friends or business […]

How the National Folk Festival has changed communities

The National Folk Festival, set to launch in Salisbury on Sept. 7, promises to spring a pleasant surprise on inhabitants of the town and the region, based on its track record in other places across the country. The unique multicultural musical event, free to the public, has been bringing fresh energy to American cities for […]

Salisbury Folk Festival preparations in high gear

As the National Folk Festival draws closer to opening in Salisbury, filling the city with music and dance Sept. 7 to 9, there is a need for volunteers to help the event run smoothly, since 60,000 to 80,000 people are expected to attend. About 800 volunteers are required and can sign up individually or with […]

One One One, April 26, 2018: National Folk Festival manager Caroline O’Hare

Caroline O’Hare, Local Manager for the National Folk Festival that is coming to Salisbury in September, talks about the preparations that are under way to host crowds approaching 100,000 people.

Folk Festival off to a quick fundraising start

More than 50 people have already contributed to the National Folk Festival’s Legacy Society, by donating $1,000 each to help pay for the prestigious event, coming to Salisbury in less than six months. The goal is for 300 people to join the Legacy Society, and donate $1,000 each, for a total of $300,000 toward the […]

2018 Folk Festival will require preparation

You might say attending the National Folk Festival in Greensboro, N.C., was music to Caroline O’Hare’s ears. After seeing performances and talking to organizers there last week, the enthusiastic O’Hare, the newly named director of next year’s National Folk Festival in Downtown Salisbury, returned with even more fervor. Planned for Sept. 7 to 9, 2018, […]