Folk Arts Events/Projects

BAC Folk Arts regularly presents traditional artists in concerts, workshops and panels, and festivals. We also hold meet-ups and seminars for traditional artists to help them identify and apply for grants as well as foster community and professional growth.

The Giglio Feast in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Photo: Kay Turner

Harborlore: Where the River Meets the Sea in Brooklyn’s Folk Imagination

This spring, BAC will present Harborlore: Where the River Meets the Sea in Brooklyn’s Folk Imagination, an exciting festival that will explore the role of water in the songs, stories, dances, and other artistic traditions of Brooklyn’s diverse communities. From Caribbean Garifuna fishing stories to Bangladeshi water vessel dances, Harborlore will showcase a wide range of cultural traditions carried on by Brooklynites from around the globe. 

One example here in Brooklyn is the annual Italian Roman Catholic Feast of St. Paulinus and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, which takes place in July at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Williamsburg. The feast, popularly called "the giglio," honors the 4th century St. Paulinus of Nola, whose legend says that he took a dangerous journey by boat from Nola to Turkey to rescue young boys captured by pirates. 

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Upcoming Folk Arts Events

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Focusing On Purpose

Join this creative professional development workshop for dance professionals, designed to help improve clarity in both mission and motivation.

Folk Feet in the Street

In partnership with the Guyanese Cultural Association, we are closing down Newkirk Avenue and sharing dance forms that come out of Afro-Caribbean masquerades and street processions.

Traditional Arab Dance

This program will celebrate Eid al-Fitr at the 9th Annual Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge with traditional Arab dance from Yemen, Egypt, and Palestine.

Harborlore is made possible, in part, by public and private funds from Con Edison, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.