Folklife in the South Gathering Returns in 2023

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The Folklife in the South (FITS) Gathering is an opportunity to bring together folklorists, community leaders, cultural workers, and traditional artists from throughout the Southeast to share knowledge and collaborate on issues affecting the region as a whole. FITS met on a regular basis from the 1980s until 2017, and returns in 2023. The gathering will take place at Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville, Alabama, June 8-10.

The theme, “Folklife in a Textured World,” evokes the role of folklore and traditional arts in the complex joys and challenges of contemporary life in the South. The gathering will include skills workshops, presentations from local artists, and more. Visit to sign up for updates and stay informed about upcoming registration information and a call for session/topic ideas.

Partners for FITS include South Arts Traditional Arts, Alabama Council on the Arts, Alabama Folklife Association, and the American Folklore Society. FITS is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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