BY SATHIYAN SIVAKUMARAN, HUBCAP III VISTA, THE HUB
Look no further than the 15th rendition of Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival for an amazing example of collaboration to produce an eye-opening experience! From September 6th through the 9th, people from every direction will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in creative arts at the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV.
With multiple stages hosting artists from across the East Coast and Appalachia performing different styles of music and dance, Culturefest is truly a celebration of creativity. There are also workshops for yoga, drumming, belly dance, and other activities, including facilitated discussions called Conversations at Culturefest. These discussions explore a variety of topics, diving into Appalachian art and cultural exploration.
Night-time brings a host of other exciting events, including star and planet gazing with Dave Burham, an astronomer with WV Sky Tours, and brightening the night with fire spinners!
In addition to the art and activities, artisans will send their crafted clothing and jewelry, among other items. The children’s village provides a Culturefest catering to children, with special craft activities and yoga classes, a costume parade, and of course – a bounce house! Furniture lounges are available for those of us who may need a space to take a short break from the endless excitement and activity of Culturefest. A variety of delicious food and drink will be available for purchase during the weekend including, but not limited to, homestyle Mexican food, sandwiches, vegetarian options, specialty teas, coffee and ice cream. This celebration of diversity and culture in art, music, food, and activities, takes place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, allowing guests to camp on site or make a short jaunt over to the nearby Pipestem State Park.
Organizers say they take great care in curating the performance lineup, and it shows with this lineup. While there’s a long list of performers and artists entertaining and interacting with the audience, some include: Appalatin, Africa Company, The Company Stores, Mystic Warriors, The Parachute Brigade, and Afterjack. Performers from across the state and region will be providing everyone with genre after genre of unique music, dance, and art blended from a variety of cultures. A popular tradition from previous Culturefests is the community art boards, which will be available throughout the weekend stocked with paint and brushes and are welcome to anyone wanting to leave their mark. These spontaneous, collaborative works of art are a vibrant centerpiece of the festivities. This exemplifies the amazing mosaic of activity that Culturefest offers.
This amazing event is presented by LLyniuM entertainment and The RiffRaff Arts Collective in cooperation with the Appalachian South Folklife Center with assistance from these sponsors: Princeton Health Care Center, Princeton Community Hospital, Seaver Funeral Home, Star-95, Kiss-FM, WVVA, Ramey Princeton, Princeton Rescue Squad, Adventure Radio, Little Buddy Radio, Princeton Health & Fitness Center, and a host of advertisers. The program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
To learn more and purchase tickets, go to culturefestwv.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate, though advance tickets are recommended. Additional information can also be found by calling 304-320-8833.