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Old Time Music and Ozark Heritage Festival

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Location West Plains
Dates June 05, 2020 - June 06, 2020

From Old Time Music and Ozark Heritage Festival Website:

The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains. The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands. This years event will be held Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, 2020.

Different from its rural counterparts, bluegrass and country, old time music has its distinctive sound and makes its own important contribution to the complex palette of what we call indigenous American music.

Musicians, artisans, and storytellers from throughout the region come to the West Plains festival in enthusiastic support of creating a place to listen, watch, interact and honor the old time traditions of our southern Ozarks communities.

Demonstrating the spectrum of art forms from dance fiddling, local jig steps, and gospel singing, to the songs, narratives and ballads that tell the story of a place, to the occupational traditions of blacksmithing, log skidding, spinning and basket making, artists show how these arts are embedded in the experience of our daily lives and how they fit the functional and symbolic needs of our community.

The festival was established and has been supported by the West Plains Council on the Arts through partial funding by the Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Folk Arts Program. The festival is being produced through a partnership between WPCA/MAC, Missouri State University-West Plains, the City of West Plains, the West Plains Civic Center, and the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center.

Three ideas are central to the festival:

Acknowledgement of the many able local performers

The need to save these expressive traditions
Maintaining a focus of authenticity

The festival organizers have incorporated audio and videotaping sessions for the benefit of the artists and to establish a collection for the conservation of knowledge and awareness of the traditional arts.
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Show hoursFri-Sat 10am-9pm
Application Deadline2020-05-15
Year #26
Art/Craft Space
Food $95 10x15, Profit $70 10x15, Non profit $35 10x15,
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