Folkmoot’s summer intern comes home, internationally! 

Folkmoot's summer intern comes home, internationally! 

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. 

Ticket packages and tickets for individual performances are available here.

Folkmoot's summer intern comes home, internationally! 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.

Sleeping in the Smokies – Folkmoot 2018!

Sleeping in the Smokies - Folkmoot 2018!

Sleeping in the Smokies – Folkmoot 2018!

It could be argued sleeping in the Smokies – for two or three (or more) nights – might be the best part of attending the beautiful and graceful Folkmoot 2018 Festival of international folk dance and cultural exchange.

The warm summer sunshine glowing on the verdant peaks, the cool and fragrant evenings spent along a bubbling brook or overlooking a long, flowery meadow dropping off to the valley far below.

The truth is sleeping in the Smokies during our glorious summer nights is just about the finest experience one can have.

The good news is Haywood County, North Carolina – highest overall elevation east of the Rockies and home of the Folkmoot Festival – has hotel rooms and motel rooms and lodges and bed-n-breakfast of all shapes and sizes and thousands of them and more than enough to meet the desires of any family or group or adventure-seeking vacationers.

The better news is our friends at VisitNCSmokies have plenty of expert advice and assistance to help you find just the right kind of accommodations for you and your family.  Start here at VistNCSmokies’ accommodations page and follow the guide.

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.

Folkmoot 2018 will be spectacular!

Even after 35 years, the Folkmoot Festival of international folk dance and cultural exchange never gets older. It just gets better!

North Carolina’s official international folk festival will be staged at venues all across Western North Carolina.

Named by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot 2018 will bring dance and music to colorful life  in Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Cherokee, Franklin, Hickory, Asheville, and Hendersonville. 

Folkmoot is defined as a “meeting of the people” and delivers exuberant, educational and entertaining programs for all ages based on cultural exchange through dance and music.  The festival is designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity. 

In Folkmoot’s 35-year history, upwards of 8,000 performers from approximately 150 countries have visited the mountains of Western North Carolina.  

What’s New for the 2018 Festival

Folkmoot 2018 will be spectacular! Gala under the Stars, July 19 – 7:00 p.m., Annual Fundraiser for Friends of Folkmoot, $175 per couple. The Gala is the kickoff event for the festival and a fundraiser for Friends of Folkmoot, sponsors and their guests. Held in Waynesville in the field adjacent to the Friendship Center, Friends of Folkmoot members will enjoy specialty foods and beverages while cultural performers take the stage under the stars for their first appearance of the festival. 

Camp Folkmoot – Hands around the Globe, July 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., $30. Dancers of all abilities ages 10 – 17 years who are inspired by dance and live music can learn international folk dance moves with cultural ambassadors in Waynesville to perform at the Folkmoot Festival. 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. Tickets for this event are $30 per camper and will include lunch, snacks and supplies. Discounts are available to groups of four or more if pre-registered together. For more information, contact Elizabeth Burson, 828-452-2997.

Many Cultures Day, July 21, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., $5 admission. This outdoor event is in its third year, scheduled for immediately after the Parade of Nations in downtown Waynesville. The event features live art demonstrations, 30-vendors, youth activities hosted by community groups, ethnic food trucks, international performers, community dance lessons, a youth performance stage with local youth fiddlers and dancers; additionally, there will be two Cherokee stickball game demonstrations. The cost of this outdoor festival is $5 for individuals over 5 years old.

Sunday Soirée , July 22 – 7:00 p.m. Celebrating our second year of the Sunday Soiree, the community is invited to experience the foods of eight world cultures, presented by the chefs of the Blind Pig Supper Club with entertainment provided by regional youth celebrating cultural arts. Performers will represent Appalachian, African, American Jazz and Cherokee cultures and then meet and greet Folkmoot’s international performers over dessert!

Our schedule is subject to change. Please check the festival schedule page here on our site for additions or cancellations or call the ticket office, 828-452-2997.  All tickets are subject to NC sales tax and an online service fee. The number of performance groups is included for each venue.