The 45th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival is on the move in 2021.
Meet us where we land.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society is taking a creative approach to the Folk Festival again in 2021 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The 45th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival is planning a summer season of small live performances in various locations in and around the City of St. John’s, as well as a digital series in the fall.
The festival season begins on the weekend of July 9th – 11th with a series of concerts at First Light Centre for Performance and Creativity. Through the following weeks, performers will be popping up at various locations to safely bring the festival feeling to small gatherings.
“The challenges of the past year have meant that we have to be creative and flexible in our approach to the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. We look forward to bringing live performances to audiences in safe settings over the summer season.”
— Erin Whitney, Executive Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society
The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival is presented by Equinor Canada, and will work with local community partners such as DanceNL, Le Réseau Culturel Francophone du Terre-Neuve et Labrador, First Light Friendship Centre, and St. John’s African Roots Festival to present a diverse lineup of traditional and folk music, dance, and storytelling.
Following the success of the 2020 Digital Edition of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, this year’s festival will also include a series of online programming in the fall of 2021.
“Equinor believes arts and culture are important assets to the community and we are pleased to be the presenting sponsor for our eighth Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Festival. We continue to applaud the determination and creativity we see from the Festival and its staff and artists to promote this proud tradition of arts, culture and wonderful music during these challenging times. Offering the Festival through multiple live venues and a digital platform supports broad engagement to share the talents of these many artists, and showcase the province’s diverse culture and musical talent.”
–Torstein Hole, Country President, Equinor Canada
Further announcements will be made on the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society’s website www.nlfolk.com and social media channels.
All events are contingent on public health restrictions at the time of presentation.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society also presents The Broadside, a free weekly livestream on Monday nights as well as Folk Night at the Ship Pub on Wednesday nights. Details can be found at www.nlfolk.com.