Diversity all the days long: Folk Fest variety aplenty

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Quad-Cities Ballet Folklorico (above), is on the many diverse muscial groups visitors can enjoy at the 2009 Midwest Folk Festival, held Aug. 1-2 in Bishop Hill.

Experience the vibrant ethnic and folk arts of the Midwest’s post-World War II immigrant populations, as well as traditional pre-WW II art forms such as blues and bluegrass, at the ninth annual Midwest Folk Festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2, in historic Bishop Hill.

The annual festival is free and open to the public, offering live music and dance performances, hands-on learning opportunities, master artist demonstrations, craft displays, and fun for

all ages.

The annual festival has drawn thousands of visitors in its various locations.

Hours are: Saturday, Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (concluding with a barn dance); and Sunday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be fun for all ages, including Norwegian rosmaling painting, Southeast Asian mehendi body painting, acoustic steel guitar making, Ukranian and Polish egg decoration making and more. 

A multi-cultural dance will be held at the Colony School at 7 p.m. Saturday.

For more of this story, see the July 23 Galva News.