29th Annual Folk Life Festival
The Virgin Islands National Park's 29th Annual Folk Life Festival was on Thursday, February 27th and Friday, February 28th from 10am to 3:30pm on the VI National Park ballfield in Cruz Bay, St. John.
The theme was "We Sharing Plenty" and hundreds of students and others came to learn, enjoy and appreciate the deep roots of cultural heritage on St. John being shared at the event. The event which was free for all to enjoy, included dancing, music, food, a celebration of local artisans, their craft and culture!
Since 1996, the Friends has sponsored the annual Folklife Festival during Black History Month. Sponsors in 2020 also included USVI Tourism and Starfish Market. We thank them for their support in helping showcase the rich heritage and traditions of our island.
The Folklife Festival is an important effort to keep local culture alive as the lifeways of people from the past are disappearing and has been called the cultural highlight of the year. Many history teachers utilize this program as part of their curriculum.
A look back at Folk Life Festival 2015
video provided courtesy of the NPS and Esther Francis