Press release submitted by Heritage Association Bishop Hill|
The twelfth annual Midwest Folk Festival returns to historic Bishop Hill, located in the state's western Henry County August 4th-5th, 2012. The Midwest Folklife Festival is a two-day free outdoor festival that highlights the ethnic and folk art, customs, and practices of the participating Midwestern states which border or involve the Mississippi River. Each year the festival is hosted by a different Midwestern State, and this year Illinois will be joined by Minnesota and Wisconsin in presenting their State's artists and folkways at the festival. Bishop Hill has been selected as the festival site for 2012, a tradition that the community of Bishop Hill is proud to continue, having served as the site for the festival in 2006 and 2009. The annual festival draws thousands of visitors in its various locations.
The once bustling 19th century communal settlement of Bishop Hill preserves a cultural legacy and provides an exciting location for this event. The festival will feature national and regional award-winning performing artists and nominees as well as local and regional talents.
More than 20 artists from a diverse group of ethnic communities will be present at the festival.The event showcases music and dance styles of the region, provides opportunities for audiences to interact with artists, and offers artist demonstrations.
The Midwest Folklife Festival is a showcase for the rich cultural arts and traditions of the Upper Midwest. Over two days, visitors can experience some of the best traditional folk art in the region in engaging, educational, and interactive ways.
Work created by approximately a dozen artists and showcasing the diverse cultures represented in the Midwest and will also be displayed and available for purchase. In addition there will be activities specifically for youth and their families. Watch for more information soon.
The 2012 Midwest Folklife Festival is sponsored and produced by the Illinois Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, and Company of Folk, in cooperation with the Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Arts Council, Minnesota State Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board. It is also partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information contact Susan Dickson, Director of Ethnic and Folk Arts at 312/814-6740. For more information on the festival visitwww.midwestfolklifefestival.org or www.bishophill.com.
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