Folkmoot’s summer intern comes home, internationally!
My name is Connor Moore and I am the latest addition to the Folkmoot staff.
I will be helping out with marketing for the festival throughout the Summer. I have also been given the grand opportunity to volunteer as a guide for the stunning, international dance groups which will be attending this year’s festival.
(Editor’s note: Waynesville native Connor Moore is Folkmoot’s summer intern, home from studies at North Carolina State University and this is his story.)
Folkmoot 2018 opens July 19 and runs through July 29 and will feature performing dance troupes from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailland and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians.
For the past year I have lived in the international dorm at NC State, interacting with and befriending people from over a dozen nations. In my time there, I got to try many new foods, learn all kinds of different languages, and become informed on various international customs. Coming in to serve as a guide will feel like a return to home for me.
Waynesville is the town in which I was born and raised. Being able to support a multicultural event which promotes collective peace and understanding within my own community is a truly fulfilling adventure in which to take part.
I am a student of International Studies at NC State and through my studies I have come to realize the importance of advocating for the construction of global connections in order to form positive, united responses to the most imminent global issues of our generation.
Folkmoot, as an organization, follows a principle I really admire, which is to “think globally and act locally”. This principle can be applied to running companies, governments, or even to how you make choices in your personal life. The main idea of thinking globally and acting locally is to consider how small actions can have large scale implications within the world.
Folkmoot does a wonderful job of heightening global awareness not only by exposing people to the cultures represented by the dance groups, but also by reciprocating and sharing our local culture back with our guests as well.
I remember first experiencing Folkmoot as a young child, awed on the sidewalk as people from various nationalities marched down Main Street, combining new styles of clothing (to me), dance moves and instruments during the dazzling Parade of Nations. This was the first time I began to grasp the scope of how immensely diverse the world is.
Sometimes living in the mountains can contribute to a perception of being cut off from the rest of the world but Folkmoot shows how even a small Appalachian community can possess a recognized and celebrated place within the global landscape.
It is an inspiring mission which has propelled me into wishing to pursue a career in multilateral organizations that seek to develop peace and prosperity for people of any nationality.