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FOLKFabulous grows to 12 days

McKissick Museum brings art to life at South Carolina State Fair

Parades, jam sessions and concerts are just some of the ways McKissick Museum will shine the spotlight on traditional artists during the South Carolina State Fair this year.

FOLKFabulous, the museum’s signature event, has transformed into a 12-day experience as part of the South Carolina State Fair, which runs Oct. 11 through Oct. 22.

Built around the yearlong exhibition “WELL SUITED: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s Treme,” FOLKFabulous at the Fair 2017 celebrates the traditions and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival—both in New Orleans and in South Carolina. The festival, held in the Rosewoods Building, brings together some of the area’s best traditional artists and musicians in an immersive atmosphere, to promote our region’s unique cultural heritage. 

“Each day brings a new opportunity to learn, to engage, and to experience through narrative stages, concerts, and hands-on-activities for the whole family,” says Laura Marcus Green, McKissick Museum’s folklife and traditional arts program director. “FOLKFabulous is not an event to simply observe, but an invitation to interact with artists and cultural traditions that make the Palmetto State feel like home.”

Hollywood costume designer Wilson will lead workshops and demonstrations Oct. 11 through Oct. 14. Treme executive producer and Carolina alumna Nina Noble will lead a narrative stage event titled “Translating Culture into Television,” at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. 

Also featured are Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients quilter Peggie Hartwell, the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association and bluegrass and traditional music advocate Betty McDaniel with members from Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music.

The full event schedule is available on McKissick Museum’s website.