Next month the North Carolina Folk Festival will fill downtown Greensboro for three days with music, crowds of music lovers and much more.

The North Carolina Folk Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11 and is free.  However, those attending are given opportunities to make donations to support the free event.

The North Carolina Folk Festival was established in 2018 as the successor to the National Folk Festival that was held in Greensboro from 2015 to 2017.

Its mission is to honor, celebrate and share “the meaningful ways in which communities express their creativity and cultural traditions through music, dance, food, crafts and other folk arts to enhance appreciation of diverse traditions and contribute to community vibrancy and inclusivity.”

The NC Folk Festival announced three new performers for the 2022 event:

Kiko Villamizar, who was born in Miami and grew up in his hometown and in Columbia.  He performs and promotes traditional Columbian music with emphasis on the Afro-Caribbean roots of cumbia, a rhythmic music and dance with roots in Colombia.

Larry Bellorin grew up in Venezuela and plays the 4-string cuatro guitar-like instrument and the llanear harp, an instrument that is native to the northern part of South America.

Caleb Serrano is a young gospel artist from Greensboro. In keeping with the era in which we live, his career began when a video of him singing at church event went viral on social media.  In his short career Serrano has shared the stage and toured with some of today’s greatest gospel stars and legends.

CEO and President of the NC Folk Festival Amy Grossman said in the press release, “We are pleased to announce three performers who join our exciting lineup for this year’s festival.  Each of these performers share elements of their cultural or faith-based identities through music and exemplify the kinds of diverse creative expressions and traditions we seek to honor and celebrate each year on our stages.”