CT Folk seeks to educate, entertain, and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community. Through the traditional and contemporary folk and roots movement, CT Folk works to present music with a universal message that reinforces our community’s spirit and integrity. A priority of CT Folk is the promotion and support of Connecticut artists through professional development and performance opportunities. The Festival allows us the opportunity to cultivate interest in and encourage the education of emerging artists beginning at a very young age. Our organization also works to promote other like-minded organizations and music venues through collaborations and marketing services to raise awareness across the state. All Festival events are designed to be family-friendly and encourage community collaborations. Another priority of CT Folk is stewardship of the planet and the promotion of environmental initiatives. The goal is to highlight as many local resources as possible so that each individual is empowered to make choices that have a positive impact on community sustainability.
Since 1989, CT Folk has worked to educate, entertain, and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community. CT Folk grew out of fundraising efforts for environmental causes, using music as a platform for promoting sustainability. The first concert was produced as a fund raiser to begin the Rails to Trails Project.
CT Folk produces additional events throughout the year such as community sings, open mic nights to promote emerging local artists, and the Folk Fridays concert series that runs October through May. We host an annual song competition and have an open audition process for festival artist selection.
There are two core components of the Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo that entwine beautifully and have throughout our countries history; music and environmental stewardship.
Sharing the experience of listening to live music creates community and there is an entire day and evening of music provided (and eight months of our Folk Fridays series). We aim to entertain and lighten the spirits of the listeners through rhythm rhyme and dance. Elena Mannes also points out in her book “The Power of Music” that music “stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.” It is hard to know then, beyond the musical experiences we present, what effects the music may have and a bit hard to quantify but it certainly speaks to contributing to the quality of life.
The Green Expo showcases local businesses and people/organizations working for social and environmental change. Our hope is that attendees will be stimulated, inspired and empowered to become, or continue to be expand their community stewardship and that will have a positive impact on community sustainability. We also hope that the children who attend will take to heart the messages imparted by the educators, whether it is scientific or lessons taught in the spirit of fun so that they too will grow to understand the value of a strong healthy local, regional and global community
The Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo is a one-day celebration held each year the weekend following Labor Day at Edgerton Park, an emerald gem in New Haven's Park System.
The Festival and Green Expo features musical performances from across the region, delicious food and unique vendors, as well as dynamic experiences for kids in the Green Kids Village.
The Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo is dedicated to creating an unforgettable festival experience with an emphasis on sustainability and earth-friendly practices including a zero waste plan and water fill stations.
We take great pride in producing the highest quality musical experiences and presenting innovative environmental resources, as well as sharing one of the most beautiful places in the city: Edgerton Park!
We're working to expand our education programs with outreach programs to schools, one-day workshops for artists (both professional and novice), as well as youth and community workshop opportunities. We have invited our Green Expo vendors, exhibitors and sponsors to table at our Folk Fridays series to expand educational outreach and improve the quality of life in our state.
This year we are looking at new ways of raising money for our non profit, as producing an event dependent on sponsors, grants and fundraising of several types is hard to sustain. We are adjusting the fees we pay our artists and increasing booth fees for certain types of vendors at the Festival. We have researched more places to reach out for financial support and have added another fundraiser to our event year which involves a benefit concert featuring many of our talented musicians who are donating their time and talents, including at least two CT State Troubadours.
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Greater New Haven is home to a thriving arts community that includes theatre, music, dance and the visual arts. It is invested in its museums, historic preservation and the celebration of its members’ ethnic and cultural diversity.
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