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N.L. Folk Festival is coming back to Bannerman Park in St. John’s

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Key takeaways: 

  • After two years of pandemic disorders, the concert sequence is back to its regular programming.
  • A decades-old festival will be back in Bannerman Park in downtown St. John’s this summer. 

After a couple of disrupted years driven by the constant COVID-19 pandemic, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival is back. 

Organizers held a launch statement Tuesday morning in St. John’s with live traditional music to bring the vibes just right for the 46th annual iteration of the show series. 

“Like numerous things that got revoked due to COVID, you don’t know how emotional it is to have them come back,” Sean Panting, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society, told CBC News. 

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the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival is back

Due to the pandemic, the festival was revoked in 2020 but did move online with a free video sequence featuring music, story, and dance. In 2021 the festival was disrupted again but pushed ahead with a hybrid setup with small concerts in small venues across St. John’s and an online series in the fall. 

This year, it will return to Bannerman Park in downtown St. John’s, running from July 8 to July 10, and is anticipated to attract thousands of fans. 

“To have a house in Bannerman Park and go back there, that’s massive for people,” Panting said. 

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