Richmond Folk Festival seeks volunteers to help celebrate 15th anniversary

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Folk Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary the weekend of Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13. The festival is looking for 1,300 volunteers to help work the free, three-day event.

This year, volunteers who sign up for beer truck or ‘bucket brigade’ duty will also be rewarded with ‘official Richmond Folk Festival swag,’ according to organizers. CLICK HERE for details. 

“There was a time when many people questioned whether such a large-scale, FREE festival like this could be successful in Richmond for the long term,” said Lisa Sims, Venture Richmond Executive Director. “But our community has nurtured this event in ways that even the most optimistic of us couldn’t have predicted 15 years ago.

“There’s no end to our gratitude for the sponsors, contributors, and volunteers who make the festival happen year in and year out, rain or shine. The dedication of so many is stunning.”

The festival’s popularity has grown significantly since the festival first began in 2005. Roughly 210,000 fans attend the Richmond Folk Festival each year making it one of the largest music, food, and, culture festivals in Virginia. This year, over 40 artists from around the world will participate in celebrating 15 years of cultural diversity. 

Artists to be featured at the 2019 Richmond Folk Festival include:

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (Cajun)
Lafayette, Louisiana

Bombino (Tuareg guitar)
Agadez, Niger

Dale Watson (honky-tonk and country)
Austin, Texas

The Garifuna Collective (Garifuna)
Dangriga, Belize

Huun-Huur-Tu (Tuvan throat-singing)
Republic of Tuva (Russian Federation)

Iberi Choir (Georgian polyphonic singing)
Tbilisi, Georgia

Kevin Doyle & Friends (Irish step dance and music)
Barrington, Rhode Island

Lonesome River Band (bluegrass)
Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee

Panfilo’s Güera (Tejano conjunto fiddle)
San Antonio, Texas

Super Chikan (Delta blues)
Clarksdale, Mississippi

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