Folkmoot Festival 2017:  Many Cultures Day

This outdoor, family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, July 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the green space adjacent to the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Ave, Waynesville, NC. Scheduled immediately after the Waynesville parade, Many Cultures Day features youth activities hosted by community groups, international dance and music performances, community dance lessons, face-painting, airbrush tattoos, and a youth performance stage with local youth fiddlers and dancers.  Additionally, we have two Cherokee stickball game demonstrations. The cost of this outdoor festival is $5 for individuals over 5 years.

Along with everything else, Many Cultures Day hosts 30 vendors. Artisan vendors share cultural beadwork, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, furniture, handbags, Lularoe clothing, sewing, woodwork, and lots more. We are expecting food vendors serving baked goods, ice-cream, kettle corn, snow cones, Caribbean style cuisine, specialty wraps, and other delicious treats.

Make sure you come to the Friendship Center immediately after the Waynesville Parade. The parade is Saturday, July 22nd at 10 a.m., starting at the First Baptist Church and continues on until the Courthouse where the dancers do a demonstration for elected officials. The parade features not only Folkmoot’s international groups, but also local musicians, dance teams, giant puppeteers, and stilt walkers.

Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s International Festival, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer throughout the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performers sharing their culture through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music.In 2017, Folkmoot anticipates hosting musicians and dancers from India, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Argentina, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, a Canadian group representing Welsh dance, a U.S. group representing African dance, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians performers, as well as several regional bluegrass and clogging groups representing Appalachian culture.

The excitement continues on with cultural performances, parades, exhibitions, and more through Sunday, July 30th. There are festival events in Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Clyde, Hickory, Cherokee, Canton, Flat Rock, Maggie Valley, Greenville, Franklin, and Asheville. For more information call 828.452.2997 or email

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Camp Folkmoot, “Hands Around the Globe”

“Hands Around the Globe” is a new Folkmoot event – a day camp – scheduled for July 21st at the Folkmoot Friendship Center.  The camp goal is for students (early elementary – high school) to discover traditions from other countries through participation in dance, music and shared learning.  Camp participants will work with international performance troupes attending Folkmoot Festival and the interaction is designed not only to teach dance, but to offer opportunities for learning about cultural awareness and global respect.

“We hope to create everlasting friendships,” said camp coordinator Caroline Brown Williamson, who is also the current STEM-E student engagement coordinator with Western Region Education Service Alliance (WRESA) and Grad Coach for Jackson County public schools.  Her own attendance at the Hazelwood School (now the Folkmoot Friendship Center), coupled with her professional years in education and long personal history and engagement with Folkmoot that began with her mother and has been passed on to her own children, makes Brown Williamson the perfect person to help launch Camp Folkmoot.  “Caroline has been on board since we first began talking about a festival camp and she also understands more than most our hopes to get the community more involved with Folkmoot, as a festival and a place with meaningful programs,” added Angie Schwab, executive director of Folkmoot.

Camp Folkmoot – Hands Around the  Globe– will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $40.00 per person.  Lunch, snacks, drinks, a make-and-take craft and the dance collaboration, culminating in a performance, is included in the price.  Discounts are offered for four or more.  It is recommended that students 5th grade or younger be accompanied by an adults and groups include an adult leader.  Contact for more information. To register, or 828-452-2997.

It is hoped that the day camp can expand into longer residential camps, offered both during Folkmoot Festival as well as other times of year. Get Tickets!

Schedule: Camp Folkmoot – “Hands Around the World”
Friday, July 21, 2017 – 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

10:00 am International Folkmoot Dance Lessons Begin

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

12:30 pm Hands Around the World-Craft + Appalachian Traditional Square Dance Lesson with the Honorable Joe Sam Queen

1:45 pm Group Pictures & Final Practice for Group Performance

2:15 pm Final Group Performances (Parents and community invited)

3:00 pm Closing Circassian Circle

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