The Brooklyn Folk Festivalpresented by the Jalopy Theater and Music Schoolwill return this week to Sainte-Anne and the Church of the Holy Trinity, enter at 157 Montague Street. The Festival will open on the evening of Thursday 20 October with the world premiere of a film, “Different Johns”about the late John Cohen, a musician who played in past festivals and who was also a musicologist, photographer and teacher. The movie starts at 8:00; doors open at 7:30 a.m.
There will be live musical performances on the Main Shrine Stage and on the Church Hall Stage on Friday evening, October 21 beginning at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, October 22, there will be afternoon performances on the Main Stage starting at 12:00 p.m., as well as other events in the Church Hall starting at 1:00 p.m., including a chance to show off your square dancing skills from 5:30 p.m. In the studio room, starting at 12:15 p.m., there will be screenings of three films by John Cohen. Evening performances on the main stage begin at 7:00 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. you can try your hand at salsa dancing on the Church Hall stage with Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars. Sunday will see a cover of the famous Banjo Toss; details are here. Meanwhile, you can hone your banjo throwing skills for free with banjo toss video game. There is a complete program of the festival here; you can buy tickets here.
Friday night Main Stage performances begin at 8:30 p.m. with the Voices of Ukrainian Villages. These spellbinding singers performed at the Festival before the current Ukrainian crisis; the photo above, by your correspondent, shows them at Festival 2017.