Folkmoot generates press; shows continue!

As North Carolina’s Official Folklife Festival, one might expect Folkmoot generates press – and lots of it.

Our 2015 Festival – underway now, performance schedule here – is no exception and for that we’re grateful for the news and media organizations who take the time to send reporters, videographers and photographers.

We’re also grateful to have a few newspapers, magazines and radio stations among our sponsors. We want to highlight some of that coverage – few graphs below – but important, too, is our performance schedule for the next few days:

Today, July 20th

7:30 Franklin High School.

Tuesday, July 21

1:00 Meadowbrook Elementary: Estonia

7:30 Colonial Theater in Canton: French Canada, Ecuador, Asheville Morris/ Ashgrove Garland

7:30 Swain High School: Estonia, Puerto Rico, Philippines

Wednesday, July 22

2:00 Blue Ridge Community College.

7:00 Blue Ridge Community College.

Thursday, July 23rd

2:00 Burnsville Town Center: French Canada, Estonia

5:00 Haywood County Fair Ground (Kids by the carload): Cloggers, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Cherokee, Blackberry Jam, Ecuador, Dixie Darling

7:00 Jewish Community Center, Asheville: French Canada, Estonia

Press coverage has been outstanding – and again, we’re grateful. We’ll try here to capture some of it. We’ll probably miss some, given the hectic pace of the festival, so please let us know if we missed your piece. We’re happy to promote it.

We’ll start with hometown press. We’re grateful to have both The Mountaineer and The Smoky Mountain News as Folkmoot sponsors and once again this year they’ve showered the festival with plenty of copy, special sections and wonderful photos.

The MountaineerThe Mountaineer: Parade of Nations and International Day. An instrumental part of Folkmoot since its founding, The Mountaineer always provides extensive cover of the festival with plenty of great photos. Mountaineer staffers are regular and dependable volunteers.

Smoky Mountain NewsSmoky Mountain News: Expanded Coverage. As a sponsor since its inception as a regional weekly newspaper, the Smoky Mountain News is today an integral part of Folkmoot each year. Publisher Scott McCleod is a Folkmoot Ambassador.

Mountain XpressMountain Xpress, another Folkmoot sponsor, published a very thorough piece as a run-up to the festival.


REL-FMSMLivingLogoSmoky Mountain Living, a publication of the Smoky Mountain news and a Folkmoot sponsor, published a very nice feature. The Laurel of Asheville also published a nice feature.

WCQS - NPR, AshevilleWNCW 88.7The region’s two National Public Radio stations – WCQS-FM and WNCW-FM are both Folkmoot sponsors and did very nice on-air pieces about the festival.

The Asheville Citizen-Times, the region’s largest daily newspaper , published a huge spread, as well.

And WLOS-TV in Asheville, the region’s ABC Television affiliate, aired a well-done piece on Saturday night.

And these mentions are just those of the local and regional press. Posts, pieces and publications from around the globe filter into the Folkmoot offices all the time. Please, send us any you may see, hear or read:

All this, so far, in what we’ve come to call, “traditional media.” Our social media channels are blowing up with plenty of engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (especially Instagram) as well as YouTube, GooglePlus, Tumblr, Pinterest and more. Visit us on the social channels and use the hashtag, #Folkmoot.

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Folkmoot 2016 - Colonial Theater - Canton