The Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival-42 years of Education, Preservation and Family Fun

Folk Festival 2022

NSU’s Prather Coliseum was transformed into the finest musical venue in Louisiana for the 2022 Folk Life Festival, July 23. Over 2,000 festivalgoers were entertained by 20 musical acts and presenters from all over the state performing on three stages and the N Club Room. In addition to the music, over 65 vendors from Louisiana and surrounding states sold books and crafts as well as educating festival goers on various Louisiana and Native American folk ways. One of the more unique vendors developed “Tremblay Island”, the first video game to be in both English and Louisiana French. Marty Young of the LSUS Pioneer Heritage Center demonstrated blacksmithing.

The superb fiddler Amanda Shaw, a frequent visitor to the local musical scene, was named as the honorary Chair of the 2022 Folk Festival. She was joined onstage by her fellow 2022 inductees into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Master Folk Artists. This accomplished and eclectic group ranged from the Louisiana Czech Heritage Folk Dancers, to instrument builder R.V. Couch and Natchitoches’ own plantation wire toy maker and sharecropper era historian Elvin L. Shields. Ms. Mary Harris of Breaux Bridge earned the title of 2022 Louisiana State Fiddle Champion.

The festival is a long-standing favorite as evidenced by its loyal following. Many of the attendees and performers have been coming for years.

The Folklife Festival, now in its 42nd year, is designed to showcase, preserve and perpetuate Louisiana’s unique culture. This year’s theme was “Stronger Together”, a fitting theme for our state in these trying times. For a modest admission fee, the Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival features a solid day of superb music, crafts, food and above all, fun.