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Juneau’s annual Alaska Folk Festival has become a much-anticipated event as it is the oldest and largest folk festival of its kind in Alaska. Attracting music and dance enthusiasts of all ages from all reaches of the country, the festival includes performances from both non-professional and professional musicians, dance performances and two days of workshops educating attendees on everything from electric lead guitar to the folk dance, clogging. There will also be a featured guest performance from an esteemed folk group, although the headliners for 2011 have not yet been announced. Past guest performers include contemporary folk musician Nancy Griffith; the Creole and zydeco band, Les Amis Creol; and the French Canadian trio, De Temps Antan.
The 37th annual Alaska Folk Festival takes place at Centennial Hall in Juneau from April 11-17, 2011. The festival is completely supported by donations, so there is no admission charge to any concert, dance performance, workshop or related events.