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German Folk Band and New Documentary Take the Stage at Kutztown Folk Festival 2019

New Paltz kicks off their 2019 German/American Tour at Kutztown Folk Festival in Tandem with German Filmmaker’s Documentary Release

KUTZTOWN, PA (April 18, 2019) — New Paltz, a folk band from Germany, will officially be making their U.S. debut at the Kutztown Folk Festival, performing once a day starting on Saturday, June 29th, and closing on Thursday, July 4th. In tandem, German filmmaker Christian Schega will bring his documentary “The Roots of PA Dutch” to the festival’s quilt barn. The documentary covers the roots of PA Dutch culture and language in the Palatine and the USA.

The New Paltz band tells the stories of the people of Palatine, Germany—a place that was once riddled with economic, religious, and politic oppression and hardship—in words, songs, and pictures. The group’s music discusses the change since tens of thousands of Palatine went on an arduous journey to Pennsylvania some 300 years ago. New Paltz also performs songs both in Pennsylvania German and their local Palatine dialect.

The band is in the U.S. as part of the "Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19" (Germany Year USA), which is organized by the German embassy in Washington in cooperation with the Goethe Institute USA (a nationwide language school) and the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany.

Final schedules for both the performances of New Paltz as well as the showing of “The Roots of PA Dutch” will be released at closer to the festival.

The 70th Annual Kutztown Folk Festival runs June 29th through July 7th, 2019.