Welcome to the sixteenth annual

Native Rhythms Festival

November 8-10, 2024

coming to you live from

Wickham Park

Melbourne, Florida

brought to you by

The Indian River Flute Circle and Native Heritage Gathering, Inc. proudly present the sixteenth annual gathering of the Native Rhythms Festival. This three day festival during Native American Heritage Month honors the culture of the indigenous  peoples of the Americans through music, and especially the music of the Native American Flute.

Welcome to the cyberhome of the Native Rhythms Festival. All available information regarding our sixteenth annual festival will be available here. Please feel free to browse.

This website is a living entity that will grow throughout the process of planning this year’s festival to keep you informed with our latest information. Native Rhythms Festival has a presence in the Facebook community! Click here to join our fans and keep up with all announcements regarding this year’s festival. 

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Background on This Year's Theme and Logo

Painted Raven's Annette Abbondanza, creator of this year's logo, introduces this year's theme and logo.

Our Diamond and Platinum Level Sponsors

Our 2024 sponsorship drive is now underway and we welcome all who wish to provide direct support for this event by becoming a Native Rhythms Festival sponsor. We offer a five level sponsorship program that puts Native Rhythms Festival sponsorship within the reach of almost all budgets. Those who participate at the highest levels, our Diamond and Platinum Sponsors, will be prominently featured here on our event homepage. Find all of our 2024 sponsors listed on our Sponsors Page.

Click here: (2024 Sponsor Letter & Agreemen Form) if you’d like to download our sponsor invitation letter describing our sponsorship program, and the agreement form to fill out, send in, and become a Native Rhythms Festival sponsor.

We are grateful to all of the organizations and individuals whose support makes this event possible, but we give a special recognition here on our homepage to our Diamond and Platinum Level Sponsors:

Diamond Level Sponsors

Space Coast Office of Tourism

FDAC – Florida Division of Arts and Culture

Candlewood Suites
2930 Pineda Causeway
Melbourne, FL 32940
Phone 321-821-9009

Northrop Grumman Corporation

James Edward Hudock Trust Fund
    thanks to David Clay and Associates

Sandy Michelson
West Melbourne, FL

Susan Grandy & Tom Welch 
Jacksonville, FL

Platinum Level Sponsors

2024 Headline Performers

2024 Native Rhythms Festival Cultural Experience

Jim Sawgrass
“East Meets West”

Otter Oliver
CreeAtive Native

Winner 2023 Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players' Competition


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Check back from time to time and see what is happening with those associated with this year’s festival.

On the day before the opening of the 2024 Native Rhythms Festival, on Thursday, November 7th, Jonny Lipford and his Horizons Flute School will host a 1-day Fall Masterclass at the Community Center in Wickham Park, right around the corner from our festival grounds. “Embrace this unique opportunity to cultivate your distinctive sound, seamlessly weave technique into your compositions, and discover the beauty of sharing music for others.Click here to get the details and sign up.

Painted Raven is excited to announce the addition of new band member Kimberly Kridler!!!
“Kimberly, a brilliantly talented Native American style, rim blown, and transverse flute player, as well as composer, has appeared as a guest musician on stage with us, and has contributed and recorded several of her own original compositions on 4 of our albums.   Although it’s been long overdue, now it is truly official!” Learn more about Painted Raven at: www.Painted-Raven.com.