Czech the box of the Folk Ensemble Kašava

2018 Festival Schedule

Be sure when Folkmoot Festival 2018 rolls around to Czech the box of the Folk Ensemble Kašava – yes, of the Czech Republic!

We’re sure Kašava will be a big hit at the 2018 festival!

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. 

Ticket packages and tickets for individual performances are available here.

Kašava was founded in 1971 in a village of the same name, situated in the northern part of the Zlin region of the Czech Republic.

Originally connected to the local agricultural co-operative, the troupe has over the years increasingly expanded its focus to the folk ways, customs and dances of western and southern Wallachia (a hilly east-Moravian region) and the surrounding areas of Luhacovice
Zalesi and the flat region of Hana.

Be sure when Folkmoot Festival 2018 rolls around July 19-29 to Czech the box of the Folk Ensemble Kašava - yes, of the Czech Republic!Apart from individual dances the repertoire of the ensemble includes scenic items combining music, dance and features of drama. These arise both from folk rituals and customs and folk materials reflecting serious points in the life of past generations from the particular region.

One of the specific features of Kašava’s focus is the reconstruction of extinct Christmas and Shrovetide custom plays. The work of the group’s members is arm in arm with the effort for preserving the ethical and aesthetic values of the traditional folk culture.

Kašava holds thematic folk programs and traditional dance balls for the public, attends annual caroling and takes part in festivals at home, throughout Europe and, now, the United States.

An important part of the Kašava members’ activity is their work with children. Six children’s folk groups have been organized and roughly 150 children participate on a regular basix.

The leader of the troupe is Ondrej Pavlistik. Its music director is Katerina Dlabajova and the choir director is Petra Pavlistikova.

Please visit the troupe’s website and befriend them on Facebook!

Folkmoot will be pleased and proud to present this summer Kašava!

See one of the troupe’s performances in this YouTube video (please visit their YouTube channel for more):

Kids just naturally want to dance! Camp Folkmoot!

Kids just naturally want to dance! Camp Folkmoot!

Kids just naturally want to dance and at Folkmoot 2018 they will be able to do exactly that – with the performers – at Camp Folkmoot!

The one-day, all-immersive dance camp will be part of the Folkmoot 2018 Festival and is set for July 20!

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. 

Ticket packages and tickets for individual performances are available here.

Dancers of all abilities ages 10 – 17 years who are inspired by dance and live music can learn international folk dance moves with the Folkmoot cultural ambassadors from around the world and visiting Waynesville to perform at the 2018 Festival.

The campers will learn basic concepts and movements, gain an appreciation of the similarities and differences between cultures and hear the timeless, captivating stories behind the dances of each international group.

The day includes “make-and-take” cultural crafts and culminates in a short performance with the groups and community participants.

Families and youth groups are encouraged to register. Snacks, lunch, and drinks will be provided. Discounts are available to groups of four or more if registered together. Tickets for this event are $30 per camper and will include lunch, snacks and supplies.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Burson, 828-452-2997.

The schedule: Camp Folkmoot – “Hands Around the World”

 Friday, July 20, 2018 – Folkmoot Friendship Center at Sam Love Queen Auditorium

 8:30 am – 9:00 am – Check In Folkmoot Auditorium

 9:00 am – Welcome & Introductions

 9:15 am – Hands Around the World Icebreaker Activity

 9:45 am – International Folkmoot Dance Lessons Begin

 11:00 am -12:30 pm Lunch in the Folkmoot Cafeteria

 12:00 pm Hands Around the World-Craft + Appalachian Traditional Square Dance Lesson with the Honorable Joe Sam Queen

 1:00 pm – Group Pictures & Final Practice for Group Performance

 1:30 pm – Final Group Performances

 2:00pm – Closing Circassian Circle

Parents and community are invited to attend the Final Group Performance at 1:30pm.

Folkmoot, a word meaning “meeting of the people,” provides communities all over Western North Carolina the opportunity to build a deeper sense of connection, mutual respect and shared purpose by experiencing other cultures.  Dancers from nine nations around the globe will perform at 35th edition of Folkmoot Festival, July 19-29 in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Click for information on visiting countries.

For lodging, please contact: VisitNCSmokies.com

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