Performing at the Festival


Performers (10)The festival takes place annually during the last full weekend in July. The programming committee considers only ethnic and traditional performers. (see below for the definition of “traditional”)

Programming meetings usually take place in September and October, December and January and, if needed, in March. Performers are contracted through the National Council for the Traditional Arts and receive notification of selection by the end of April. With so many applications, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants.


Artist applications to perform at the Lowell Folk Festival are handled electronically through Sonicbids. The application deadline for the 2016 Lowell Folk Festival is April 30, 2017.

Definition of “traditional”

All work must be traditional as defined below:

Traditional arts are those art forms that are learned as part of the cultural life of a group of people whose members share a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, or culturally united geographic region. Folk and traditional arts are shaped by the aesthetics and values of a shared culture and are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community through observation, conversation and practice.

Source: The National Endowment for the Arts

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