Knowledge Exchange

Apr 2023 – Mar 2024

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Strategies for Widening Participation in Folk Arts

In popular discourse, folk music and dance tend to be seen as inextricably connected to specific groups or nations, regardless of the historical and social complexities often inherent in such folk practices. Today, European folk arts organisations are increasingly looking for ways of reaching new and more diverse groups of people (in terms of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, age, disability etc) to take part in their activities. This report introduces some strategies to this effect from small and medium-sized folk arts organisations from England, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, and Italy.

Partner organisations: Canto Rovesciato, Folk You, Rosslyn Court, Shtetl Berlin, Soundpost, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, Wren Music.