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Save the date: GREAT LAKES FOLK FESTIVAL, AUG. 10-12


GLFF Marketplace
The MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival has always been known as an eclectic collection of music, dance, arts and culture from across America and around the world, and the 2012 program is shaping up to be one of the most diverse in the event's history. The event is set for Aug. 10-12 in downtown East Lansing, and aptly enough, this university-city partnership takes on the educational program theme, “Campus and Community,” developed jointly with the Smithsonian Institution.
The music and dance program features Celtic, bluegrass, a cappella gospel, polka, Zydeco,  Dominican Merengue and the contrasting stringed instruments sounds from the Armenian kanun, Ethiopian begena, and Indian sitar. Musical artists perform two to four times throughout the weekend, so visitors have a chance to see the bands they like and discover new genres.
The 2012 line-up (to date), sponsored by the City of East Lansing, is:
-Denny Anderson and The International Main Street Polka Band | Polka | Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
-Bua | Irish-American Celtic | Chicago, Illinois
-Joaquin Diaz | Dominican Merengue | Montreal, Canada
-Claire Lynch | Bluegrass | Heritage, Tennessee
-Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers | A Cappella Gospel | Covington, Kentucky
-Hasu Patel | Indian Sitar | Westlake, Ohio
-Temesgen | Ethiopian Begena and Krar | East Lansing, Michigan
-Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners | Zydeco | Elton, Louisiana
-Ara Topouzian | Armenian Kanun | Bloomfield, Michigan
-Warner Williams (2011 National Heritage Fellow) & Jay Summerour | Piedmont Blues | Washington, D.C.
-Traditions Showcases -- where artists from different groups take the stage (fiddlers, percussionists, accordion players) to share and compare traditions and techniques
-Also, for festival-goers to participate: a musicians' jam and community sing.
See more about the Great Lakes Folk Festival music and dance program.  
Meanwhile, the MSU Museum's annual Michigan Heritage Awards will enrich the music program at GLFF with three of four 2012 honorees recognized for music and dance traditions and expected to perform:
-Johnnie Bassett | Blues Guitar and Vocals | Oak Park, Michigan
-Paulette Brockington | Swing Dance and the Lindy Hop | Highland Park, Michigan
-Rene Meave and Guillermo Martinez (founders of Los Bandits) | Michigan-style Tejano | Kalamazoo, Michigan
[-The fourth MHA honoree is The Ship's Company, Friends Good Will, of South Haven, for marlinespike seamanship, or ropework and knot-tying.]
A performance schedule will be set in July.
The award-winning Great Lakes Folk Festival, produced by the MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, is a celebration of culture, tradition and community. The Michigan State University Museum works year-round to develop this festival program that reflects the immense variety and vitality of art, skill, knowledge, and wisdom of our cultural heritage for the public. GLFF offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, craft artists, and many special activities for kids and their companions.
This year's theme for GLFF educational programs and exhibits is “Campus and Community,” an adaptation of a special program to be presented at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. MSU Museum curators are working with the Smithsonian to develop a program that will debut on the national mall and next come to East Lansing, revolving around the 150th anniversary of public and land-grant universities, as well as the USDA. The program highlights how universities, like MSU, work in communities reinventing agriculture, developing sustainable solutions, transforming communities and building on tradition.  “Campus and Community:  Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150” is produced in partnership with the Association of State and Public Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture.
The GLFF Marketplace returns with more recycled and upcycled green goods, from jewelry to garden and fiber art, and sculpture. The MSU Museum also showcases master artists in textiles, basketry and other traditional arts.
Attention prospective vendors: apply at; search for MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival.
Children's activities include making traditional kids' crafts, games and pastimes, gardening projects, demonstrations by youth folk apprentices, MSU campus lore and traditions and more.
Taste of Traditions Foodways: with authentic regional and ethnic food - Greek, Indian, Mexican, Thai and more.