Performing at the Festival


Performers (10)The Lowell Folk Festival’s goal is to present the finest traditional performers from around the world. A programming committee selects artists that perform folk and traditional music, guided by the definition of “folk and traditional” according to the National Endowment of the Arts:

“The folk and traditional arts are rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice. Genres of artistic activity include, but are not limited to, music, dance, crafts, and oral expression. ”
– National Endowment for the Arts

The festival takes place annually during the last full weekend in July. The programming committee considers only traditional performers. Programming meetings usually take place in December, January and, if needed, in February. 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. Applications will be accepted from November through March.

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