FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL KANSAS MO – FEBRUARY 15 – FEBRUARY 19
Folk Alliance International begins Wednesday, February 15 and ends Sunday, February 19 in Kansas City, MO, USA. One of the largest music gatherings held in North America, this conference is a mainstay on the tour schedules of many, wall to wall music for venues to choose from, learning and networking opportunities and a chance to see old friends and meet new.
This year, the theme is so timely. FORBIDDEN FOLK – Celebrating Activism in Art
Need I say more. The days of protest, environmental, diversity, and inclusionary songs have intensified of late and the folk community has always had a large voice and is needed now more than ever. Learn more about Folk Alliance International Artwork and Theme HERE
Folk Alliance International Forbidden Folk Artwork by a Man Called Wrycraft
From official and private showcases to mentor and panel discussions to keynote speaker like Billy Brag, special presentation by Ani DeFranco, Wisdom of the Elders, Gene Shay Songwriting Critique, silent auction, AGM, exhibit hall, music camp and Kansas City Folk Festival, phew – well, you should check the schedule because it’s a loaded week of goodness. And let’s not forget wall to wall music in the lobby, stairwells, hallways along with sleepless nights. The FAI conference has something for everyone in the industry!
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Update – Kris Kristofferson presented the “People’s Voice Award” to Bruce Cockburn at the Folk Alliance Internationa Awards Ceremony.
Cockburn’s acceptance speech reflected on the political climate and the need for singer-songwriters to keep on singing to encourage dialogue and debate. Also, among the winners, David Amram who was presented with the Folk Alliance International Lifetime Achievement Award.