Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wanted: Folklife Festival Intern

As part of the implementation of Province’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Strategic Plan, the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) is looking for a graduate level student interested in applying for a position involving both an internship and a research project. The student will divide their time between the HFNL and Memorial University. The intern will work with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) on a research project to create a model for an annual folklife festival. As part of that research project, the student will work closely with Dr. Gerald Pocius, Dept. of Folklore, MUN, to investigate issues and approaches to this event.

The student will organize and oversee a one-day festival, and will focus on creating a framework for appropriate cultural presentations following a festival format, sensitive to the needs of grassroots cultural groups. The student will prepare an organizational manual which will discuss details about choices made for performance contexts, issues of choosing presenters for the performances and demonstrations, and issues of repertoire, performance styles, and audience expectations. The event will be documented through still and video photography, and archived through Memorial’s Digital Archives Initiative. The development of a framework for appropriate cultural presentations, and research leading to a manual for community development of folklife festivals, will be of immediate relevance to HFNL in developing an annual provincial folklife festival.

This would be a 4 month internship, starting early in 2009, pending funding approvals. Interested graduate students should send a cover letter, including a statement of research interests and any relevant work experience, with CV, by December 17th , to:

Dale Jarvis
Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
PO Box 5171, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada A1C 5V5
709-739-1892 ext 2
toll free: 1-888-739-1892 ext 2

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