Folkmoot 2016 is here! The mountains of Western Carolina are alive with sights, sounds, music, pageantry, colorful costumes and extraordinary folk dancing!
The Folkmoot Box Office can be reached by phone during business hours: 828-452-2997 , ext. 207.
The 33rd Annual Folkmoot Festival kicks off tonight with the Friends of Folkmoot Gala, Wanderlust, at the EagleNest Entertainment Center in Maggie Valley. All groups will be performing and the evening promises to be spectacular with some new features and entertainment. Tickets are still available…maybe…but act quickly!
Two Grand Opening Performances are set for Friday.
One of Folkmoot’s most popular (and free) events is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. The annual Parade of Nations will dance down Main Street, Waynesville ending up with each dance troupe putting on a brief performance on the steps of Haywood County’s Historic Courthouse.
We moved the parade this year from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning to give working families a chance to experience all the sights and sounds and become immersed in the culture of other lands
Following the Parade of Nations – on Saturday afternoon – is a brand new event, the Many Cultures Carnival at the Folkmoot Friendship Center (the old Hazelwood School) in West Waynesville. The Many Cultures Carnival will run from noon to 4 p.m. in the field adjacent to the Folkmoot Friendship Center and will feature regional organizations and clubs hosting booths with varying cultural themes, including games and crafts. Folkmoot’s international performers will teach cultural dances to children.
The carnival is free and everyone is welcome! The afternoon will also feature three ticketed performances inside the Sam Love Queen Auditorium at the Folkmoot Center. Each of thee three afternoon performances will feature two of the Folkmoot 2016 dance troupes and will be wonderful for families as children as children will be encouraged to dance in the isles
The auditorium performances will cost $5 for children, $15 for adults with a special family rate of $30. Groups of 20 or more receive a 20% discount, call 828-452-2997 for more information.
Folkmoot 2016 runs through July 31, with 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.
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.
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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.