New England Folk Festival ONLINE
~ April 22-24, 2022 ~
The New England Folk Festival, widely known by the name NEFFA, is an annual folk festival that blends dance, music, crafts, and more from many places and cultures. We hope that you will join us!
The Festival is run by the New England Folk Festival Association, a cultural and educational, volunteer-run, non-profit organization. The talent of our performers is also offered on a volunteer basis.
When:Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24, 2022. Our 78th Year!
Where: Online! Zoom link coming soon.
Performer Application: Closed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Admission: 2022 ticket prices and additional details TBA.
What Happens at the Festival?
NEFFA is unique because of the participatory nature of the events. Not only are there concerts and performances, but there are also opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with music, dance, and folk arts culture.
- Festival Performers: Performer applications are now closed. For ritual/Morris dance the deadline is 11:59pm EST, January 15th, 2022. More detailed information is also available here. Email Program Chair Lynn Noel (email@example.com) if you have specific questions.
- Music: There is music everywhere! You will find jam sessions, instrument workshops, group singing, and performances of folk music throughout the Festival; turn the corner and music greets your ears, so bring your instruments. Free instrument checking is provided (but no overnight storage).
- Participatory Dance: The Festival is known for its varied social dance program, which includes: Contra and traditional square dancing, international folk dancing, couple dancing, waltzing, English country, Scandinavian, and more. There are plenty of introductory workshops, as well as sessions geared towards intermediate and advanced dancers (a particular favorite is the no walk-through contra dance medley, which originated at the NEFFA Festival).
- Dance Performances: Morris teams and other demonstration groups dance outside during the day on Saturday and Sunday — a welcoming sight to new and returning Festival-goers alike.
- Family Events: NEFFA is a great place to bring your family. There are many family-oriented programs, from dancing and singing to storytelling and puppets.
- Family Resource and Activities Room: A hands-on room for kids, teens, and adults to enjoy arts, crafts, and puppet play.
- Crafts: Handmade items are for sale in the crafts area from a juried selection of vendors. Many exhibitors demonstrate their work.
- Folk Bazaar: Vendor booths will offer a wide selection of folk-related wares, from music CDs to jewelry to puppets and more! Vendors represent a wide variety of folk traditions.
- Performer Sales Table: Books and recordings by NEFFA performers are for sale, as well as NEFFA souvenirs and T-shirts.
- Discussion Sessions: Thought-provoking dialogues provide a great opportunity to network with other Festival attendees with similar interests. These moderated discussion sessions cover a wide range of topics.
- The NEFFA Annual Meeting: NEFFA is an all-volunteer run organization. Come meet the Board, provide feedback, and ask questions.
Be a Part of The Team
The New England Folk Festival Association works year-round not just on Festival planning, but also on a weekly contra dance, a monthly on-line concert series, The Ralph Page Legacy Weekend, and a grants program. Contact Janet Yeracaris (President AT neffa DOT org) if you are interested in getting involved.
The Festival runs as well as it does because of the efforts of hundreds of Festival volunteers. You can earn free admission by volunteering and enjoy being a part of a great group of people. Check out our volunteering site which usually opens in February.
Program Book Advertising
NEFFA Program Guides are read by thousands of Festival-goers and provide entertainment and reference for months to come. Ad revenue helps us defray the cost of producing the books, which lets us keep admission prices as low as possible. Please consider placing an ad with us. Rates and Info can be found here.
The Festival has several vendor areas. Please contact the appropriate person for your particular area.
- Crafts Room – Items for sale hand-made by seller. More information about the application process can be found here. Contact Crafts Co-Chairs. Ann Schunior ( neffa AT schunior DOT org) or Dina Flockhart (cloakmakers AT gmail DOT com).
- Folk Bazaar – Items for sale from folk traditions across the world. Contact Folk Bazaar Chair Len Bittenson (len DOT bittenson AT gmail DOT com) or access the Folk Bazaar Application Form.