National Heritage Award Fellows at the Reston Multicultural Festival

National Heritage Award Fellows at the Reston Multicultural Festival
September 23, 2017 11:00 AM

Reston Multicultural Festival
Saturday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (performances times vary)
Free • Open to the Public • Lake Anne Plaza

This year will feature National Heritage Award Fellows Sidiki Conde and Phil Wiggins.


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts.

Come to the annual Reston Multicultural Festival where you will see some of these great artists and so much more!


Sidiki Conde – Guinean dancer and drummer

Sidiki Conde lost the use of his legs at the age of fourteen as the result of polio. Knowing that he would not be able to participate in the traditional Guinean coming-of-age ceremony if he could not dance, Sidiki reconstructed the traditional steps using his hands instead of his feet. In 1988, Conde came to America and founded his company Tokounou. He received the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship in 2007.

Phil Wiggins Blues House Party

A 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellow, harmonica player Phil Wiggins brings together two of his favorite musical collaborators -- guitarist Rick Franklin and violinist Marcus Moore -- with tap dance virtuoso Baakari Wilder. These members of Phil Wiggins Blues House Party are not only reviving and celebrating the Piedmont blues dance/music tradition, but also building a community to carry it into the future.


Sidiki Conde and Tokounou

Phil Wiggins Blues House Party

  • Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz, Arts and Events Director
  • Phone: 703-390-6167