An Update Regarding the 2020 NC Folk Festival

An early crowd gathers for a dance workshop at the NC Folk Festival.
An early crowd gathers for a dance workshop at the NC Folk Festival.

📷 Photo by Lynn Donovan

Dear Friends, Fans, and Supporters – 

Together we are a community of arts supporters, professionals, consumers, advocates, and artists who are nimble, resilient, and creative. We WILL successfully weather these challenging times, and emerge from them stronger and more unified in our support of and gratitude for all the “folk” who uplift our hearts and minds during times of strife – from healthcare and essential workers to the family, friends, and colleagues who help us navigate these hardships day after day.

It is in this spirit of creativity, resilience, and being nimble that I want to share with you news of our intent to move forward with producing a modified version of the North Carolina Folk Festival in September 2020. The exact nature of our modified Festival will be determined in the coming weeks and months as we adjust and plan for activities that align with the reopening framework and timeline of our state as announced last week by Governor Roy Cooper.

The welcome news and guidance from our state leadership does not yet clarify the types and sizes of crowds that will be permitted to convene by September, but it does give us our first benchmark of May 8 when the current statewide stay-at-home order in North Carolina is set to expire. The Governor and his administration will determine by that time whether to extend the order OR to begin the multi-phase reopening of our state. We are hopeful for the decreasing trajectory of COVID-19 cases that will enable our state to responsibly start on the healing path to reopening our society.

Our team is practicing the distancing and other preventative measures recommended by state and public health officials, and we strongly encourage all of our friends and fans to do the same so we can work collectively to bolster the safe conditions needed for us to come together again as a public at the North Carolina Folk Festival in September.

We thank all the sponsors who believe in what we do to bring our community together each year in celebration of our cultural roots, and who remain committed to supporting the Festival in whatever form it ultimately takes.

In the meantime, stay healthy and safe so we can sing and dance on the streets of downtown Greensboro again soon!

Amy Grossmann

President & CEO

NC Folk Festival