Each year, the Concord Multicultural features a full lineup of performances, food vendors, craft vendors, artists and activities that represent more than 30 cultures from around the world, presented by folks who live and work locally.
Traditional arts and folklife are the crafts, music, stories and ways of doing things that are passed on from one generation to the next within families, communities and cultural groups of all types. Here in New Hampshire, the diversity of traditions and heritages span from Native American basket weaving to Chinese paper cutting to Russian Matryoshka Nesting Dolls to Nepali/Bhutanese tabla-playing.
The Festival features New Hampshire-based traditional artists demonstrating their craft, and a unique opportunity to interact, learn and ask questions!
Bhutanese elders demonstrate traditional weaving techniques at the Concord NH Multicultural Festival
Iconography depicts images of saints and sacred history in a traditional language of forms, composition, geometry, color, style, and techniques that are more than 1500 years old. After working in historic preservation and church design, Christopher Gosey made the transition to iconographer. He apprenticed with Massachusetts master Russian iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky, and now has his own New Hampshire studio, Holy Images, where he specializes in Russian, Byzantine, and Ethiopian Orthodox icon-writing. Christopher's work can be found throughout the United States, including several churches in eastern New England, as well as theUnited Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, New Zealand, and Bermuda. He has lectured at the Harvard Divinity School, the International Society of Gilders, and Harvard's School of Middle Eastern Studies. Christopher was an artist in residence at Andover Newton Theological School from 1997-2005.
Liz Charlebois is a Master Abenaki Black Ash and Sweetgrass Fancy basketmaker. She has been making traditional Abenaki baskets for 13 years. Her baskets have been shown in several museums, including Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Fairbanks Museum and Musee des Abenakis. She has had many shows, demonstrations and workshops throughout New England. Locations of these shows are the University of New Hampshire, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Vermont History Expo and Hopkinton (NH) Historical Society, among others. Liz is also a Master beadworker and has had her work exhibited in Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum's Contemporary Art Gallery.
Thank you for your interest in being a demonstrator at the 12th Annual Concord Multicultural Festival!
It is our goal to create an engaging event that brings people together to celebrate the diverse heritages that make the Greater Concord community so enriching. If you are an artist and would like to demonstrate at the Festival, please contact our Artist Coordinator, Kayla Schweitzer, for more information.
Kayla Schweitzer, Heritage & Traditional Arts Coordinator