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.
This group of passionate artists has done its best to revive French culture through dance, music, and costumes.
Through hard work and research the group has managed to restore costumes from the 18th -20th century. The women’s costumes consist of linen or straw hats, hemp shirts, skirts, and aprons. The men wear straw or woolen caps, velvet pants, and gaiters. The more festive attire involves dresses and stockings for the ladies, and white shirts, vests, and trousers for the gentlemen.
The orchestra practices traditional French music with the bowed string, bag pipes, chabreta, cabreta, and accordion. Through dance, Lo Gerbo Baudo shows traditions of marriage, carnival, and the work of everyday life.
Confolens is the home of one of the most prominent among CIOFF® (International Council of Folk Festivals and Traditional Arts) International Festivals, “Festival de Confolens,” which is today in its 59th year. The founder of CIOFF® was the late Henri Coursaget, who was also the founder and Director of Festival de Confolens.
Lo Gerbo Baudo was started in 1960 to represent Confolens and its Festival and continues today to honor the memory of Coursaget. The group has performed in over 25 countries worldwide, including participation in a great number of CIOFF® International Festivals.
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.