Folkmoot neighborhood party on Thursday!

We’re going to have a Folkmoot neighborhood party of Thursday!

We’re all going to gather on Hazelwood Avenue in West Waynesville with our visiting dancers, with our neighbors and with our Hazelwood neighborhood businesses to celebrate each other and the historic part of Waynesville we all call home.

An afternoon party – noon to 3 p.m. – will offer a chance for Hazelwood neighbors and businesses to mix and mingle with our visiting Folkmoot 2018 dancers and for the general public to get to know both the dancers and our Hazelwood neighboring businesses.

Hazelwood was for much of the mid- to late-20th Century it’s own town, a factory town of working class folks, it’s own central business district and quite apart and separate from the larger Waynesville. But in the 21st Century, long after the factories closed, Hazelwood dissolved its city charter, became part of Waynesville and is now experiencing a re-birth as a commercial center  and trending neighborhood with great restaurants, cute shops and valuable businesses.

Folkmoot Center is housed in the historic Hazelwood School on Virginia Avenue.

The event is just part of Folkmoot’s celebration of our own regional tradition and heritage along with the cultures, dance and art we bring to our community from around the world.

Folkmoot 2018 formally opened Thursday and runs through Sunday and will feature performing dance troupes from Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailand and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians. 

Ticket packages and tickets for individual performances are available here.

Once here for the festival we invited you to stay awhile and enjoy all our beautiful region has to offer.

Here is the rest of our schedule for the week

Thursday: Franklin, North Carolina. A 7 p.m. performance at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center (All groups). 

Friday: Asheville, North Carolina. A 2 p.m. matinee in the Diana Wortham Theatre. A 7 p.m. performance in the Diana Wortham Theatre.

Saturday: International Festival Day – Downtown Waynesville, North Carolina. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another free and public event, a wonderful day of celebrating international friendships and cultural exchange!

Saturday: Performance of all groups at Haywood Community College, 7 p.m.

Sunday: Candlelight Closing, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. A rich, colorful & emotional last festival performance filled with tradition, joys and even a few tears!

Please call 828-452-2997 for more information about Folkmoot 2018!

Share on the social media!

We look forward to seeing and re-sharing all your Folkmoot experiences. Help us find what you post by using hashtags, #Folkmoot or #Folkmoot2018.  

Our Folkmoot Facebook Page has long had an active and growing community – now over 5,000 friends! Many of you visit and engage with it often – and we’re grateful for that.

The Folkmoot Instagram is always very active, too! (Plenty of visiting performers post photos.)

The Folkmoot Twitter presence has increased exponentially in recent months and we’ve added the Folkmoot face to other popular social channels: GooglePlus and Tumblr. 

The Folkmoot YouTube channel is evolving, getting up-to-speed and timely.

We’re just continuing the grand Folkmoot party online and we invite you to join us on any or all of the social channels with which you engage most!

Again, we invite you share your Folkmoot experience online – on the social channels you use most (or, maybe even, discover new ones). Please use the hashtags, #Folkmoot and #Folkmoot2018, when sharing. We will try our best to keep up and repost, share whatever you post online.

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Folkmoot neighborhood party on Thursday!