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Lowell Folk Festival, 21 Years of Keepin' the Beat!

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21st Lowell Folk Festival Keepin’ the Beat

Lowell, MA. Lowell National Historical Park, a producing partner with The City of Lowell, National Council for the Traditional Arts, The Greater Merrimack Valley Visitor and Convention Bureau, and the Lowell Festival Foundation, celebrated the 21st Lowell Folk Festival in grand style, keeping the beat with folk, food, and fun.

The festival and Lowell welcomed more than 150,000 visitors from Friday night through early Sunday night (July 27 – 29). Twenty-four traditional performance groups provided music and more at six stages. From Brazilian forró to New England country music, audiences clapped their hands and kicked up their feet while enjoying the diverse offerings. The skilled handiwork of fifteen New England craftspeople was showcased along Lucy Larcom Park. Families participated in music-making and street games along Shattuck Street.

This year’s highlights included:

George Price, currently Superintendent at Cape Cod National Seashore, continues for the 21st year as the festival parade leader with Marcos Santos and the high energy, crowd-pleasing Brazilian percussion ensemble BatukAxé.

A new partner joined the producing partners of the Lowell Folk Festival this year. The Greater Merrimack Valley Visitor and Convention Bureau threw their marketing strength in to help promote the festival with their broad media contacts and network of communications outlets.

This year’s media coverage extended well beyond the region to the world with the help of Lowell Telecommunications Corporation webcast abilities to do live web streaming of three of the six festival stages.

A new performance location was unveiled at the Dutton Street Dance Pavilion, as well as the new street activities and juried art exhibition areas. Cultural organizations from the Lowell area once again provided the unique taste of the Lowell Folk Festival through the ethnic food sales made available throughout the festival. Polish, Greek, Lao, African-American and many more menus were offered. Music rang out, hungers were satisfied with tastes from around the world, donation buckets were filled, and the Festival rolled along with something for everyone.

Additional ranger support was provided by Boston NHP, Minute Man NHP and Salem Maritime NHS for crowd and visitor safety.

Lowell Folk Festival 2007 Press Links

Boston Globe: Festivals offer up a wide world of sounds

Boston Herald: Lowell Rising: Folk fest fuels an urban revivial

Lawrence Eagle Tribune Lowell Folk Festival celebrates cultures with music, food, activities Lowell Sun: Temperatures, spirits soar on Folk Festival's final day

Nashua Telegraph: Cultures mingle and sing at annual Lowell fete


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