Say, “hello,” at Folkmoot 2016 in many languages

Say, "hello," at Folkmoot 2016

Say, “hello,” at Folkmoot 2016 in many languages. 你好   Hola   Moi   Bonjour & Salut   こんにちは    Cześć (Tch-esh-ch)     & Hey y’all!   Folkmoot has 9 international groups coming to the festival this year and even though many of the performers speak English, it is not the primary language for most of them. Be sure … Read more

Dance the night away at The Orange Peel!

Dance the night away at The Orange Peel!

As an exciting new event just for Folkmoot 2016 – an international dance party with all the visiting groups! Dance the night away at The Orange Peel! Led by talented DJ Oso Rey, the dance party is set for July 30 at 9:00pm. Online tickets are here. Oso has loved music all his life and … Read more

Uganda childrens choir at Folkmoot 2016!

Uganda childrens choir at Folkmoot 2016!

As a late addition, festival goers will be dazzled by a Uganda childrens choir at Folkmoot 2016! The choir and dance troupe is the creation of Imani Milele, a non-profit organization founded by Rev. Moses Ssemanda Mbuga, The mission of Imani Milele is to rescue, develop, and educate many of the orphaned and vulnerable children … Read more

Dancers from Japan for Folkmoot 2016

Dancers from Japan for Folkmoot 2016

Our celebration of dance and culture will feature dancers from Japan for Folkmoot 2016. Japanese culture is known for unique clothing, string and wind instruments, and charming festivals. Bringing these traditions to the Folkmoot festival is Hibiki Rengo-Kai, which means, translated to English, “resound union.” The group includes seven musicians, three dancers, and two singers … Read more

Folkmoot 2016: viva la France!

Folkmoot 2016: viva la France!

We just might hear the exhortations during Folkmoot 2016: viva la France! Viva la danse folklorique! One of the best known (and best loved) folk dance troupes in the world, Lo Gerbo Baudo, will be a featured performer in this year’s festival and with them come the deepest roots of international folk dance festival history. … Read more

Folkmoot 2016: Mexican dance from Texas

Folkmoot 2016: Mexican dance from Texas

A “South of the Border” flavor will add familiar spice to Folkmoot 2016: Mexican dance from Texas! The Ballet Folklorico South Texas College is sure to be a big hit with festival goers. The group was formed in spring of 2012 by the Center for Mexican American Studies at STC with the mission to promote … Read more

Folkmoot 2016: Vatra de Dor of Romania!

Folkmoot 2016: Vatra de Dor of Romania!

Folkmoot 2016: Vatra de Dor of Romania! Vatra de Dor of the School of Arts of Cluj will be showing off this Romanian pride through folk dance and song at this year’s Folkmoot festival.  The group was founded in November of 2012 with a passion to promote Romanian traditions through the arts. The talented group … Read more

Folkmoot 2016: Polish song and dance ensemble!

Folkmoot 2016: Polish song and dance ensemble!

Folkmoot 2016: Polish song and dance ensemble!

The Song and Dance Ensemble of Warsaw University of Technology is the talented group that will be representing Poland at Folkmoot 2016.

The group was formed in 1951 and continuously for 65 years – through serious societal turmoil and political upheaval – has been showing off the folk dancing talents of Poland to millions of audience members across the world.

The group includes six musicians, a 16-member choir and thirteen dancers. It has garnered numerous national international awards including the Herder Folk Art European Award, the Golden Cross of Merits, the Award of the Minister of Culture and Art and the Polonia Society Medal.

The troupe performs dances and compositions from different regions throughout Poland which describe the life of pre-war Lviv and of old Warsaw. The members are passionate about their culture and their hope is to make people fall in love with Polish folklore.

You can find the Ensemble on Facebook.

Poland is a country in Central Europe with beautiful mountain ranges, seaside dunes, and lake districts. It was one of the first countries to mount an independence movement from the Soviet Union and created what many view as Central Europe’s great post- communist success story. Polish people are known to treat visitors with generosity and are welcoming of international guests. Poland has also become in the 21st Century a technology hub of Central Europe. 

The 33rd Edition of North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival begins July 21 and runs through July 31, with parades (new parades in Asheville and Franklin), cultural events, festivals within the festival and – of course – those glorious, dramatic and colorful dance performances at venues all over Western North Carolina.

Find our calendar of events, performance schedule & online tickets sales by clicking right here!

Named a Top 20 Event in 2016 in the Southeastern U.S., according to the Southeast Tourism Society and by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event featuring more than 200 international performers from ten countries with performances in 12 Western North Carolina communities.

Lodging and accommodations can be found here and Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center is for the first time offering weekend hotel packages for Folkmoot visitors.

New parades & events will spark Folkmoot Festival 2016, the 33rd edition of North Carolina’s official international folk festival set for July 21 to July 31.

Folkmoot 2016 schedule & tickets!The schedule of events has been announced and in addition to new events all over Western North Carolina, the line up includes new public parades in Asheville and Franklin, international issues discussion forums, a new children’s carnival and the always popular – and free – Parade of Nations through downtown Waynesville moved from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning to better serve busy families.

Named by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event featuring more than 200 international performers from ten countries with performances in 12 Western North Carolina communities. Folkmoot is also a Top 20 Event in 2016 in the Southeastern U.S., according to the Southeast Tourism Society.

Folkmoot performers are primarily college students who are acting as cultural ambassadors for their home countries.

For the 2016 Festival groups will travel from China, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Ghana, Japan, Peru, Poland, Romania and a special U.S-Mexico collaboration. The 2016 Festival will also include performances by the Eastern Band of Cherokee and other local Appalachian dance groups and bluegrass bands .

You can see them all, featured together and with videos, on our Folkmoot Performers of 2016 page.

Ticket packages and tickets for individual performance are available here as they are added. Keep checking back for updated individual performances.  In the meantime, please explore our year-round events. The Folkmoot Box Office can be reached by phone during business hours: 828-452-2997 , ext. 207.

Please always check our Schedule of Events for upcoming Folkmoot events, showcases and classes and follow our social media posts for the latest updates on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, Snapchat (mobile only). Please, always use #Folkmoot2016, the festival’s official hashtag,when sharing Folkmoot information and events or to search for the latest news.

Folkmoot, literally a “meeting of the people,” provides programs based on cultural exchange, designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity. Folkmoot creates opportunities for individuals and communities across the globe to build a deeper sense of connection, mutual respect and shared purpose.

Dancing Folkmoot 2016 will be Peru Multicolor

Dancing Folkmoot 2016 will be Peru Multicolor

Dancing Folkmoot 2016 will be Peru Multicolor from Lima, the capital city of the Republic of Peru. Peru Multicolor was founded in February 1999, hoping to revive and promote the culture of Peru through traditional dance and music on both a national and international level. The ensemble will bring 20 musicians and dancers with styles … Read more

From Ghana the Nkrabea Dance Ensemble

Nkrabea Dance Ensemble

From Ghana the Nkrabea Dance Ensemble will entertain and delight at Folkmoot 2016!  Emanuel Yawson Tengey founded Nkrabea in 1995. The group is affiliated with the Centre For National Culture and a member of the Ghana Dance Association. Making up the ensemble are 25 talented members with a passion for culture and dance, ranging in … Read more

A talented group coming from Finland

A talented group coming from Finland

This year Folkmoot has a talented group coming from Finland.    KimuranttiKirjavat will be one of the featured dance troupes at Folkmoot 2016, which begins July 21! Kimurantti, which means tricky, and Kirjavat, which means colorful, were originally two separate dance groups part of the Youth Association Rajan Nuoret. The groups merged together to form … Read more

Folkmoot 2016: from the DR – M & K Dance Studio

Folkmoot 2016: from the DR - M & K Dance Studio

Arriving for Folkmoot 2016: from the DR – M & K Dance Studio! The Merengue could be called the national dance of the Dominican Republic. The dance has influences from Cuba, Africa, and Spain and has been popular in the Dominican Republic since the 1800s. Originally guitars accompanied the dance but now accordions and African … Read more