Frequently Asked Questions
The American Folk Festival features the same diversity of music and dance that made the National Folk Festival so successful here in Bangor- the traditional arts of the many cultures that make up America today. Traditions that represent the cultural heritage of a region, an ethnic group, a religious group, or an occupation are examples of the genres of music that are featured at the AFF. Performers interested in submitting material to the Programming Committee may send a press kit to: American Folk Festival Programming Committee PO Box 1206 Bangor ME 04402. Submitted materials can not be returned. Electronic press kits can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Council for Traditional Arts (NCTA), producers of the National Folk Festival, assists the selection of performers each year. The NCTA brings samples of recommended genres and artists to the AFF Programming Committee, which is a local group of media, folklore, entertainment and general public representatives. The Programming Committee voices artist/genre preferences, which guides the selection of performing artists. The programming budget is fixed each year, and we work within that budget to provide the best mix of entertainment.
We are now free to bring back any performers who have been a part of the NFF or AFF in Bangor, and the Programming Committee has agreed that we may consider a few returning groups per year. However, there are still many excellent performers who have not yet been to Bangor, and we look forward to continuing to present new artists on the Festival stages, to keep the AFF new and different each year.
The American Folk Festival's mission is to bring a wide variety of performing acts to Bangor. The Festival is designed to be an opportunity for festival-goers to see and hear performances that are unavailable to them any other time of the year.
The Marketplace features artisans showcasing their hand-created items. Applicants are screened by a committee which considers the following criteria: product quality and uniqueness.
Annually, it costs close to $1 million to produce the American Folk Festival.
- Corporations (local, regional and national) (52%)
- Earned Income (booth fees, t-shirt sales, bucket brigade, etc.) (22%)
- Government (city, state and federal) sources (17%)
- Grants and Foundations (5%)
- Gifts from individuals (4%)
Local organizers work year-round to secure funding to produce this annual event.
Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Festival. Each year, over 700 volunteers help in over 15 different areas of the Festival. Volunteer registration typically opens in early March. To join in on the fun, you can register online, or call the Festival office at (207)262-7765.
In order to make the American Folk Festival accessible to everyone, there is no admission fee. Festival-goers are asked to make a suggested donation of $10/day or $20/family. Donations can be made by:
- mailing a check to: American Folk Festival, PO Box 1206, Bangor ME 04402
- donating online
- making a donation while at the Festival through our Bucket Brigade or Vending booths.