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Thread #82762   Message #1599701
Posted By: GUEST,Pamela in Ithaca
07-Nov-05 - 09:47 PM
Thread Name: NOMAD is an island
Subject: RE: NOMAD is an island
Actually, the dance side was way down this year as well.
There are a number of reasons (I think) why NOMAD is so much
smaller than NEFFA. One is that NEFFA has been going on for
over 70 years, so it has a much longer history. The other is
(at least for dancers) that NOMAD isn't perceived as high quality
an event,with as good dancing. While there are many skilled
musicians and callers, they don't seem to draw the attention that events such as NEFFA and the Dance Flurry do.
As someone who does both, I think the music side of NOMAD is actually much stronger at this point.
But as others have said, audiences were pretty light this year.

I also think that the NOMAD committee doesn't do as strong a job
marketing the event as other, similar festivals. This year particularly
the schedule didn't come out until just a few weeks before the event.
Too many of us have to plan our lives way ahead, and if we aren't
captivated by a program we might not go. There were a number of faces
I had hoped to see from NYC, the Albany region, and the Hudson Valley... and they were'nt there. I almost never see folks from
the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley, let alone other parts of New
England. Very few people from the Finger Lakes and beyond even
know about it. Getting the word out to more people would be a start.

Let's hope that they can keep their volunteer committee together,
and maintain the energy to make the festival all that it could be.
I also would be very sad to see it diminish to nothing.