Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts (DEFFA) is a non-profit membership organization whose goal is to nurture and promote the living traditions of folk music and dance in Maine. In normal times we publish a monthly newsletter with news, calendar listings, information, and other items of interest to the Maine folk art, music, and dance community. Since the onset of the pandemic the newsletter has been on hiatus (though if you could be interested in becoming the new editor, contact us…), but the event calendar is available!
Black Lives Matter
DEFFA stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the fight to end the racial injustices built into our government, institutions, arts, and cultural narratives. Traditions of folk music and dance have been influenced by these same forces of racism and oppression. Read DEFFA’s full statement and find links to further resources.