November Newsletter

Western Carolina University is wrapping up its International Education Week at Folkmoot Friendship Center with a Middle Eastern Friendship Dinner and a short film, Bon Voyage, followed by a panel discussion with US residents from Syria and Yemen.  This cultural event will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. with a traditional Middle Eastern meal, catered by The Döner of Asheville and will feature falafel wraps, red lentil soup and pita bread, tabbouleh and baklava. At 7:00 p.m., guests will move to the Multipurpose Room for a film screening of Bon Voyage and a discussion of the journey of refugees with Fadia Afashe, a renowned visual artist from Syria, former Humphrey Fellow and lifelong activist; her husband Jay Abdo, a Syrian actor who has recently starred in Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman and A Hologram for the King with Tom Hanks; and Abeer Aman, a North Carolina resident from Yemen.

Tickets for this event are $15 for adult $10 for students and can be purchased at or by calling 828-452-2997. Limited seating is available so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Parking is free and available in the back of the Folkmoot Friendship Center.

Volunteer and Operations Notes

Dear Friends,

October was a very productive month for our volunteer and facility management office. We recruited a new Tuesday morning work crew that helps around the facility each week with laundry, cleaning, and maintenance. We also prepared the building for our new residents who are hosting their businesses and organizations at the Friendship Center. We are thankful for this helpful crew, contributing to the vibrancy of Folkmoot and hope others will join us when you are able!

Folkmoot depends on the work of our dedicated volunteers and ticket sales for our events to make Folkmoot financially sustainable. We are grateful that you pitch-in and we hope to see your faces at the Middle Eastern Friendship Dinner on, Friday, November 17th!

Catherine MacCallum
Volunteer & Operations Coordinator

Folkmoot Travels to Tenggaraong, Indonesia for World Congress

Dear Folkmoot Supporters,

Group Relations Coordinator, Elizabeth Burson and I are just back from an inspirational trip to Tenggaraong, Indonesia for the 47th annual CIOFF World Congress. Most of the international groups that perform with Folkmoot each summer are a direct result of friendships board member Rolf Kaufman has developed with other CIOFF members over the last thirty years. This network keeps Folkmoot abreast of industry trends, marketing concepts, amazing cultural groups and connects us with a global movement to preserve culture, diversity and peace through folk dance. Thanks to Rolf Kaufman for his deep generosity that made this travel possible. It was a VERY long trip, but we have a new, in-depth understanding of the importance of this work and an appreciation that the symbiotic relationship with CIOFF will continue to grow.

Many Thanks,
Angeline Schwab
Executive Director

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