The New England Folk Festival Association is a cultural and educational, volunteer-run, non-profit §501(c)(3) organization with these objectives: To preserve folk traditions in New England and elsewhere; to encourage the development of a living folk culture; and to encourage high standards of quality and performance in the folk arts. In addition to the annual Festival, NEFFA runs the Thursday contra dance in Concord, MA, a grants program, the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, and occasional concert programs of folk music.
- New England Folk Festival
- This yearly event attracts thousands from New England, the country, and the rest of the world to its wonderful mix of particpatory dance (folk, square and contra), folk music and song, international food, crafts, performances, family-oriented activities, and much, much more. Festival History
- Thursday Contras
- This popular contra dance is held most every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, Mass. It features a wonderful assortment of local and touring performers.
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- Ralph Page New England Dance Legacy Weekend
- This event, held annually during Martin Luther King Birthday weekend in January at the University of New Hampshire at Durham, brings together dancers, musicians, and callers in a weekend of dance, music, and discussions. The weekend was established to honor NEFFA founder Ralph Page, who kept New England dancing alive during the lean years before the revival in the late 1960's. This is a pre-registration event. This is the site of the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Dance, to which Ralph donated his archives.
- The Grants Committee
- Each year, NEFFA awards over a thousand dollars in grants and loans to individuals and organizations that support NEFFA's goals.