It’s Cherokee Day on Tuesday for Folkmoot 2016.
The dancers of this year’s festival – from the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Peru, Poland and our special Mexico-Texas team – will spend most of the day learning about the Tsalagi, our people native to the Smoky Mountains or Tsakonage in the Tsalagi language (the place of blue smoke).
No Folkmoot performance is schedule for the day (which doesn’t mean spontaneous dancing won’t break out) but two performances are schedule for Tuesday evening: one is nearby Bryson City at the Swain County Center for the Arts and the other is Canton’s historic Colonial Theater.
The Folkmoot Box Office can be reached by phone during business hours: 828-452-2997 , ext. 207.
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.