2020 Virginia Festival of the Book Presents: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Poetry, Music, and International Exchange
Live Events | 03/21/2020 | 4:00PM
Sponsored by the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission and the Virginia Folklife Program.
Join the Virginia Festival of the Book and the Virginia Folklife Program for an afternoon of poetry and music exploring the ways in which folk and traditional arts can serve as a powerful means of international exchange and cultural diplomacy. This special program combines musical performances by Virginia traditional artists who participated in international exchanges in Cabo Verde, Cuba, Bulgaria, and Serbia with readings by the critically acclaimed poet Nina Murray.
These impactful exchanges were produced by the Virginia Folklife Program in partnership with the US Department of State where Murray, who originally hails from the Ukraine, currently serves as the Deputy Director of Cultural Programs. Murray will read from her recent collection of poems, Alcestis in the Underworld, inspired by her own time as a foreign service officer in Russia, Lithuania, and Canada. Musical performances will feature Shenandoah Valley multi-instrumentalist Danny Knicely with Cabo Verdean musician Zerui Depina, Sephardic ballad singers Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel, and Richmond gospel icons The Legendary Ingramettes. Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman hosts.