Duluth Dylan Fest and Song From the North Country will commemorate Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday with a songwriting contest and a local collaborative video.

According to a press release. The Duluth Dylan Fest now in its 11th year will take place May 22-30. Yes, COVID has changed this too, featuring mainly virtual performances with some live music experiences following safe guidelines set forth from the State Of Minnesota.

The Duluth Dylan Fest has joined forces with the Song From The North Country with a songwriting contest. Committee Member Mark Poirier told Visit Duluth, Doing things differently and keeping them interesting inspired us to come up with something new.

The Press Release says this year the winning song from the song contest will be made into a music video produced by Song From the North Country’s talented group of local and regional musicians. There will be cash prizes for the first, second, and third place winners, with an opportunity for those winners to perform during the fest.

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Visit Duluth helped spread the news and says not only will the Duluth Dylan Fest’s Song From the North Country Songwriting Contest be featured, but the festival will feature a poetry contest, lecture, tour, and a number of musical events.

If you are a songwriter or write poetry and want to enter the contest you will need to submit an original song or poem. To learn more about the Duluth Dylan Fest’s Song From the North Country Songwriter Contest guidelines, visit the Duluth Dylan Fest Facebook page or visit Song From the North Country’s website at songfromthenorthcountry.org/contest. The deadline for submitting an original song is April 2nd at 11:59 p.m. and space is limited to 30 contestants.

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