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 directed by Hideki Kaneshima. Drums, tabor, bamboo flute, and gong are the instruments featured in the performances. Costumes consist of traditional wear from medieval times of Japan, or the Edo Period.
Hibiki Rengo-Kai has performed regionally and nationally in Japan as well as internationally in China, Korea, France, Indonesia, and the United States. At a CIOFF event in China they won the Best King of Fisherman’s Working Chant and the best performance award.
The Edo Period was between 1603 and 1868 and characterized as a time of economic growth, strict social order, stable population, and popular enjoyment of arts and culture. Music, poetry, theatre, and puppet acting all were loved by both nobles and peasants during this time. Many of these dancing and music styles are still found in folk performances today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.