Albuquerque Folk Festival
Albuquerque Folk Festival’s (AFF) mission is to provide opportunities for the general public to experience and participate in traditional folk activities including music, dance, storytelling, and crafts.
AFF presents well over 130 workshops, performances, and exhibitions in 15 to 20 venues in settings that encourage attendees to join in and sing, play, dance, and learn. They also encourage people to join local folk arts organizations, to add the folk arts to their daily lives, and to continue to enjoy the arts long after the Festivals are over. Attendance is projected to be over 5,000.
Typical Festival Day Offerings:
•Music – Western swing, gypsy, Mexican, Latin, northern NM, flamenco, old-time, country, cowboy, bluegrass, honky-tonk, and Klezmer
•Dance – Flamenco, Celtic, Irish step, Argentine Tango, International folk, Irish Ceili, Hawaiian Hula, Klezmer rikud, country western swing, Scandinavian, clogging, Balkan, Appalachian, square dance, contra, and African
•Instrumental Instruction – Banjo, harp, ukulele, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, autoharp, harmonica, bones, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, tin whistle, and jaw harp
•Singing – Harmonic (throat), barbershop, shape note, country, gospel, and Celtic.
•Performance – Spanish folk, special orchestra, gypsy, western swing, Latin, flamenco dance, autoharp, old-time country & Honky-tonk, Native American folk, Americana, cowboy, and bluegrass.
•Music Composers – Cowboy, Bluegrass, Americana, and Folk.
•Kids – Instrument “petting zoo,” workshop activities, enchanted fiddlers, hosted jams
•Evening Dances: Contra Dance featuring the Albuquerque Megaband and Swing Dance with live music.