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Relocated NOMAD Festival Will still Present Global Folk Traditions



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Relocated NOMAD Festival Will still Present Global Folk Traditions

NEW HAVEN — The 18th annual NOMAD Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, November 4-6.

NOMAD — or NOrtheast Music, Art and Dance — is a festival of traditional folk music and dance of North America, the British Isles, continental Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Over 100 musicians, dance teachers and singers, hailing from Maine to Washington, D.C., will gather at Wilbur Cross High School to share their talents and knowledge of the performing folk arts with over 1,000 enthusiastic visitors.

The festival originated in Newtown, but moved a few years ago after it outgrew its available space at the high school and middle school.

NOMAD attendees will enjoy concerts of American, British, Irish, and Scottish folk music, sea songs, eastern European harmonies, cowboy songs, singalongs, rounds, shape-note singing, Scandinavian music, string band and bluegrass music, klezmer music and much more. Musicians will be interested in the workshops in a variety of folk instruments and the opportunities for impromptu jamming.

Dance enthusiasts can watch or participate in folk dances including English and Scottish country dancing, international dancing, Colonial dancing, Israeli, French, Italian, Scandinavian, vintage dancing, Morris dancing and more. Square and contra dance fans will find almost continuous opportunities to participate. Beginning dancers are welcome at NOMAD and it is not necessary to bring a partner.

NOMAD is a festival for all ages. A folk bazaar will offer a variety of handcrafts, books, recordings and related items, and food vendors will be set up.

The festivities will begin with a contra dance on Friday night.

The festival will run from 8 to 10:30 pm (contra dance only) on Friday, 10 am to 11 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

Admissions on Saturday and Sunday ranges from $15 to $40 for adults depending on hours of attendance. There are lower rates for seniors, visitors under age 18 and children 5 and under. Admission for Friday night’s dance is $8.

For additional information call 203-372-3890. A full schedule is available at                www.NomadFest.org.

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