73rd Annual Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions

December 28, 2020 –
Jan. 1, 2021

Jane Farwell founded the Folklore Village Christmas Festival in 1947, as an antidote to the increasing commercialization of the season. Each year since then, folks from near and far have gathered to experience and share the customs and traditions of people and cultures worldwide. Days are filled with craft workshops, a community project, music, song and dance workshops, cultural teas and children’s activities. Festive meals (catered) highlight the cuisine of the cultures we explore. In the Jane Farwell tradition, the themed evening parties are planned by you, the participants – with skits, music, dance and surprises.

Our folk dance instructors for the 2020 Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions are Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion, who dance the lively rhythms of Romania! We look forward to a great festival with Cristian and Sonia, and will be announcing more Midwinter artistic staff in the coming months. Join us!

If you are interested in receiving updates about our Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions, please drop a line to programs@folklorevillage.org.

Take a look back at the 2019 Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions, which featured an emphasis on Mexican and Latino culture and on Balkan and Slavic traditions.

View the full schedule for 2019 here: MidwinterFestivalSchedule

Featured artistic staff included:

Gayle Armstrong began her love of international folk dance as a student of the legendary Nelda Drury at San Antonio College. Gayle is an English Country Dance caller and has directed Mexican Folklórico and English Morris performance groups. She also has a repertoire of folk dances from the Caribbean and  South America. In her younger days she performed with the Ballet Folklórico de México, the Aman Folk Ensemble and La Compañía de Arte Español. She will teach workshops on salsa, cumbia, wepa, and Latin polka as well as on English Country Dance.

Sarah Jagoda Larsson & Sarina Partridge sing the rich harmonies of Jewish and Slavic folk music from Eastern Europe. Singing entirely in the songs’ original languages, including Yiddish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and more, the pair showcases the way music has moved through generations of immigrants arriving to North America. With the tight harmonies of a family band and the accompaniment of a banjo and drum, Sarah and Sarina bring you onto a familiar front porch – if your front porch were in Grajevo or Breznitsa. Performing with their band NANILO, the pair find a fusion between Eastern European sounds and an Americana sensibility, spinning out stories of love, longing, and liberation that are carried in the lyrics of this rich tradition.

Other festival highlights include workshops focusing on nature crafts, theater, and various music and dance styles. Meals by RedBarn Catering explore the themes of the festival in culinary form, and the beloved Afternoon Teas will add a spot of refreshment and community to the daily routine of the festival.

See the “Guest Staff,” “Workshops,” “Afternoon Teas,” “Evening Parties,” and “Festival Registration Information” subpages on this website for more descriptions of the festival staff, events, and activities. You can also download our flyers below:

Midwinter in a Nutshell
Afternoon Teas & Evening Parties
Fiesta Mexicana en Español

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