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Southwest Florida Cultural Conference
February 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm$25.00
The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum is pleased to announce a day long program on Saturday, February 24th from 10 AM to 5 PM where members of the community can immerse themselves in the traditions, folklore, and culture of Florida’s diverse history. Full day Admission to the Folk Forum is $25 including lunch. This Folk Forum is presented by the Florida Department of State’s Florida Folklife Program.
10:00 – 10:45 AM Fieldwork and Oral History Training:
Putting Folklore to Work
State Folklorist Amanda Hardeman will discuss how to identify, document and preserve oral histories and cultural resources
11:00 – 11:45 AM Circus Arts and Clowning Traditions
Professional clowns Karen Bell and Robin Eurich of the Circus Arts Conservatory will discuss traditions and history
11:45 – 12:45 PM Lunch Break
1:00 – 1:45 PM Southwest Florida Fieldwork Survey
Folklorist Eleanor Wachs and Tribal Oral Historian Eric Griffic will discuss the eight-month field-work project they conducted with the Florida Folklife Program.
2:00 – 2:45 PM Seminole Canoe Making Demonstration
Seminole Tradition bearer Brian Zepeda will present traditional canoe making and usage ( Outside Demonstration)
3:00 – 3:45 PM Bharatanayam Workshop
Shaila Sateesh of the Sai Nrityala Dance Troupe will introduce the dynamic history and basic technique of Bharatanatyam, a classic Indian dance form.
4:00 – 5:00 PM Cuban Music Performance
Celebrated tres musician Renesito Avich will share traditional styles of Cuban Music including son, nengon, chanqui and kiriva.
About the Florida Department of State’s Florida Folklife Program
The Florida Folklife Program, a component of the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources, documents and presents Florida’s folklife, folklore and folk arts. The program coordinates a wide range of activities and projects designed to increase the awareness of Floridians and visitors alike about Florida’s traditional culture. Established in 1979 by the legislature to document and present Florida folklife, the program is one of the oldest state folk arts programs in the nation. For more information, visit flheritage.com/preservation/folklife.