Ashland World Music Festival returns under new ‘hybrid cultural offering’

ASHLAND, Ore — The Ashland World Music Festival kicked off Friday under a new hybrid model.

Organizers described the event as, “special hybrid cultural offering.”  Due to coronavirus restrictions, the musical presentations were held on the Festival’s Facebook page.

On Saturday, spectators can go on self-directed soundwalks throughout Ashland. People will be able to visit either North Mountain Park, Downtown Ashland, or Railroad District to listen to the audio stream and view visual art installations.

“It’s the self directed soundwalks, that just invite you to walk, listen, look and connect with community and culture.” Sophia Blanton, Marketing coordinator with Rogue World Music, said. 

The event was postponed twice last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Almeda fire. The event will go on through Monday May 31st. It is free to participate, but donations are encouraged for fire victims.

A link to view the performances and to donate to the Farm Worker and Immigrant Family Fire Relief Fund, can be found here: Rogue World Music

Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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