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Thread #82762   Message #1599301
Posted By: Barbara Shaw
07-Nov-05 - 09:30 AM
Thread Name: NOMAD is an island
Subject: RE: NOMAD is an island
Why doesn't NOMAD get better attendance? I really enjoy this type of festival because it gives me a chance to hear and appreciate so many types of music, but I worry that it's not drawing enough of a crowd. All performers are volunteer, and presumably do it (as I do) because of a love for the music and a wish to help carry on the tradition. But it needs the essential audience.

We went to NEFFA last year (at Karen K's request to accompany her, and had a great time) and it had 10 times the number of people and workshops. True, it's nearer a bigger city --Boston-- but there is a large folk community in the New Haven area as well as the surrounding 100 miles or so. Do you think it's because NOMAD has recently moved from Newtown, near the NY border? Does it just need more time at this new location? Or are there other suggestions that people can think of that would increase participation and ensure its continuing success?