Meet Glenn Arnette, Folkmoot Emcee & Board Member

Though Glenn Arnette is new to Folkmoot, he is already making a large impact on the organization. After first attending the festival three years ago and being fascinated by the performance, he wanted to become more involved. In 2016, he became an emcee and hosted ten shows, including the Gala and the Candlelight Closing. Last year he was also asked to become a member of the board.

Glenn enjoys all the events but his favorites are the Gala because this show creates festival excitement and the Candlelight Closing, which is special simply because of the extravaganza of the evening. He thinks that people should “rediscover Folkmoot because it is an event that changes every year.” Glenn can’t get over the excitement and depth of talent that the festival brings to Western North Carolina.

Board President Bill Cole said, “Glenn has been a fantastic addition to our Folkmoot family.  He became a board member about five months ago and hit the ground running with his participation on our Programs and Events Committee.  A big bonus with having Glenn around has been his background in entertainment.  With his talent and experience as an experienced emcee, Glenn has added a touch of professionalism to all of our major events.”


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Folkmoot 2017: The Performing Art Department of the Yung-Ping Vocational High School, representing Taiwan!

The Performing Art Department of the Yung-ping Vocational High School is the group representing Taiwan in this year’s festival. The group was founded in 2011 with a goal to put the art education into practice by integrating dance, art, musical performance, narration, and more.

The dance school may be young and new but that makes their talents even more extraordinary. They are national dance champions, winning competitions in 2012 and 2013. The group has also performed at international festivals in Brazil, Poland, and Portugal.

The performance includes stylized Chinese and Taiwanese traditional dances. Many of the country’s dances and music reflect Chinese culture but still have their own separate identity. There are dances for celebration, religious ceremonies, harvest, and more.


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Folkmoot 2017: Šaleško folklorno društvo Koleda of Slovenia

The folk dance group Koleda, founded in 1971,  comes to Haywood County from Velenje, Slovenia. The talented members of the troupe devote much of their time to practicing folk music and dance. The program includes different dances from various regions of Slovenia. The main goal of the group is “…faithfulness to the ethnographic authenticity of dances, folk songs, and costumes.”

Koleda has performed throughout Slovenia as well as internationally. Countries the team has visited include, France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Germany, Portugal, U.S., Russia, Croatia, Austria, China, Finland, Taiwan, and more.

The team performs classic dances such as dances from Zilja Valley, Stajerska Region, Oglarjina Pohorski Svatbi, Noranjska Region, Prekmurje, Bela Krajina, Ki za kolo, Rezija, and Istra. These types of dances range from fast-paced and festive to gentle and harmonious. The musical instruments used during performances include the accordion, contrabass, clarinet, and guitar.

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Folkmoot 2017: Ogon’ki Ensemble from Russia!

The Ogon’ki Ensemble will be representing Russia in this year’s festival. The group is bringing to the festival about 40 members consisting of musicians, dancers, costume designers, and choreographers from a wide variety of ages.


Russian folk dance has always been a very important part of Russian culture. Much of Russian folk music and dance appeared around the 10th century due to the Slavic tribes immigrating to Russia. Most dancers were from the lower class and the upper class would typically just watch the performers and rarely participated in the dances themselves.


Costumes were based on specific events and holidays. Women had specific holiday headdresses, embroidered shirts, and ornamental aprons. Men wore shirts, a belt, narrow pants, and high boots. Red is a color used in many of the traditional costumes because red is associated with beauty in Russian tradition. Traditional instruments are the mandolin, seven-string acoustic guitar, accordion, panpipes, tambourine, and Jew’s harp.

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