COVID Protocols

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As we approach the 29th annual New World Festival, here are some of the COVID PROTOCOLS we have adopted.We will continue to update you if there are any changes or updates.
*Masks are required in all buildings and the Family area.
*There are designated entrances and exits to all venues
*Sanitation Stations throughout the festival
*Additional ventilation at all stages
*Breaks in the schedule for venues to be sanitized
*Family Area crafts are individualized
*Additional spacing between vendors and seating
* Capacity in Venues will be Limited

VIRTUAL FESTIVAL is included with all in-person tickets! The virtual festival will be a continuous real time stream of Chandler, The Dance Tent, and Bethany. Viewers will be able to switch rooms at will. The link for the Virtual Festival will be sent out Saturday Evening to everyone who has purchased a ticket, in-person or virtual. If you attend part of the festival in-person you will still be able to access the virtual festival if you choose not to stay for the whole day. The Link and Password are included on your print at home ticket.

29th Annual New World Festival September 5th 2021

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The New World Festival returns! The 29th edition of Chandler’s NWF will resume as usual this September 5, Labor Day Sunday. The NWF will once again bring the unique musical styles of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance to downtown Randolph.  The gates open at noon for food vendor sales, and four stages of live entertainment will begin at 1PM.

NWF was founded nearly 3 decades ago with the recognition that northern New England, Quebec, and Canada’s Maritime Provinces share a lively cultural heritage brought from the Old World—Ireland, Scotland, and France. NWF is one of Vermont’s most beloved, family-friendly festivals.

More than 30 performers from the U.S. and Canada will perform in covered tents, inside Bethany Church, and in the Chandler Center for the Arts. Featured artists include festival fan-favorite, Cantrip (Scottish music); as well as Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman (Scottish and Cape Breton traditional music); Yann Falquet (Quebec); Triton (BalFolk, Breton, and New England traditions); Séamus Egan Project with native Vermonter Owen Marshall (Irish traditional); and internationally renowned Quebec supergroup, Le Vent Du Nord, will close out the festival in the dance tent. NWF has nurtured an entire generation of up-and-coming musical talents, and kept the interest in traditional Celtic folk music alive in the region. Case in point is the Young Traditions Touring Group Commission, who will play the festival, many of them already multi-festival performance alumni. Other NWF performers this year include: Dominique Dodge, Emerald Rae, Anthony Santoro, Scott Lemire, Midnight Capers and On the Border.

Thank you To This Years Sponsors!

The New World Festival at Chandler – Come Join Us!

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Celebrate Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian heritage with traditional – and sometimes not so traditional – music and dance. Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance workshop sessions, children’s activities, and open dancing unfold on four continuous stages from 1 until 11 PM. Food and drink provided by the area’s finest chefs and breweries.

The festival takes place in downtown Randolph, Vermont at Chandler Center for the Arts, in all-weather tents on Main Street, and in historic Bethany Church. Main Street is closed to traffic, and the festival site becomes an intimate pedestrian village.

In recognition of the Festival’s designation as a Top Ten Event more than ten times, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has awarded the New World Festival status as a permanent Time-Honored Event for Vermont. Come join us. You’ll be glad you did!

Volunteers needed for this year’s New World Festival

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Central to the Festival’s success is its core of more than 100 enthusiastic volunteers whose only payment is the gratitude of the community and the joy brought to patrons and performers. Their cheerful assistance to visitors at all performance venues, in the food tent, at the admissions gate, and in the festival store are notable and one of many reasons long-time fans of the festival keep returning.

Volunteers are still needed for this year’s festival. Three to four hours of work – depending on the job – earn volunteers an all-day pass to the festival. Interested persons, age 12 or older, are asked to contact the festival’s volunteer coordinator, Yasi Zeichner, at [email protected], or call 802-485-9242.

New World Festival Waltz

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Composer Kathy Eddy has written a waltz celebrating the Festival’s 25th anniversary! Piper Steve Eubanks opened the 25th festival with this tune and in the late afternoon, singers and instrumentalists of all stripes came together in the Dance Tent for its premiere!  

The New World Festival Waltze
       ~Kathy Eddy

When the summer is turning and fall’s in the air
When the fiddlers and pipers have come
Then it’s time to go dancin’ in the hills of Vermont.
Let the mountains and the music lift our hearts!

New World, New World, world of dancing and song
Where all may have a part
New World, New World, world of kindness and peace
‘cross borders, let the nations join hands!

When the summer is turning and fall’s in the air
When the fiddlers and pipers have come
Then it’s time to go dancin’ in the hills of Vermont
Let the mountains and the music lift our hearts!

The music can be found here.

28th Annual New World Festival “Virtually Live”!


New World Festival Fans take heart! On Sunday September 6 at 7:30pm. Chandler’s New World Festival will stream music both live from Chandler Music Hall’s main stage in Randolph and premier virtual performances from Quebec, Ireland, Cape Breton and Scotland recorded specially for this year’s festival, in addition to a small live audience event with Pete’s Posse, Dan Houghten and Rachel Clemente .
In June it was clear to the festival’s planning committee that this beloved celebration of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance had to re-invent itself. Gathered socially distanced on the lawn of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, committee members settled on a new recipe for this year’s celebration.

Patrons can participate in one of two ways. A total of 75 tickets will be sold for the live socially distanced performance in Chandler. A ticketed virtual option will allow an unlimited number of fans to stream the live performance

Music Director Kevin Dunwoody got to work contacting musicians that had already been booked. All were eager to help.
Piper extraordinaire Dan Houghton will open the festival piping as well as performing a set of Scottish music with harpist Rachel Clemente . Then Vermont’s own trad roots power trio Pete’s Posse will perform on Chandler’s main stage.  The trio will play between pre-recorded performances and greetings from a variety of bands that have performed at previous New World Festivals. 
Pre-recorded portions will feature content specific to the New World Festival and live and virtual audiences get to see them first at the Festival on September 6. John Doyle and Nuala Kennedy, the Cape Breton trio of Wendy MacIsaac, Mairi Rankin and Mac Morin, Young Traditions Touring Group, E.T.E., Connla, and Cantrip have all agreed to record special material for this year’s festival.
Revenue will be drastically reduced this year, and sponsorship support has made it possible to offer artist fees for live performers and for those who have offered their talents for the streamed portion which is particularly appreciated in this challenging time for musicians. The Festival gratefully acknowledges support from list of sponsors here.

Tickets are $20 each for In Person or Live-Stream.