Many Cultures Carnival has a wish list – Folkmoot 2016

Many Cultures Carnival has a wish list

As a brand new event for this year, our Many Cultures Carnival has a wish list. We need just a little help from our wonderful community to make the kids’ carnival the outstanding success – and fun-filled family day – we hope it will be. The Many Cultures Kid’s Carnival is set for Saturday, July … Read more

Folkmoot is engaging regional art organizations

Folkmoot engages regional art organizations

As part of its overall focus on promoting the arts – folk dance being our own specialty – Folkmoot is engaging regional art organizations.

Folkmoot Executive Director Angie Schwab joined other art organization leaders March 17 at Western Carolina University for the LEAD: Arts Conference on Regional Art, “Beginning the Conversation.”

WCU, long recognized for its outstanding arts, culture and creative arts programs, is the catalyst for the formation of a regional arts coalition.

Folkmoot USA - Angie Schwab.
Angeline Schwab

“Our region is known for music and arts, so that piece is in place,” Schwab  told the Smoky Mountain News. “I think there is an opportunity for our industry to focus our resources on building a culture that understands the economic impact of arts and cultures, and that welcomes and nurtures arts organizations, arts and music education, and that focuses on arts entrepreneurships.”

George Brown, dean of WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts, said the effort can only enhance the regional art community and forge a wider effort to promote the arts in all its many forms found all over Western Carolina.

Western Carolina University LEAD: Arts“The arts and artists are essential elements for a healthy community,” Brown said. “Art improves the quality of life. Artists make good neighbors. This conference will go beyond discussion of the role of arts in the community. Western Carolina University and Western North Carolina will come together through art to take action and foster a better tomorrow for the region.”

A regional arts coalition fits in well with Folkmoot’s Mission Statement:

Folkmoot…fosters the vibrancy of many cultures into one community. Folkmoot programs are based on cultural exchange and designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity.

Our origins trace back to 1973 when Dr. Clinton Border, a Waynesville surgeon, accompanied a local square dance team – the Soco Gap Dance Team – to a folk festival in Sidmouth, England. There began the dream that would, 11 years later, become Folkmoot USA.

Border was convinced that Western North Carolina, which was already steeped in tradition and dedicated to the preservation of its own heritage, was the perfect location for an international folk festival in the United States. During the next few years, Border traveled to other festivals in Poland and France and began gathering information and developing contacts. He also started contacting local government and community leaders back home.

By 1983, Border was ready to present his vision to Haywood County’s community leaders. Despite language barriers and the inherent scheduling difficulties involved in getting foreign performers from their homes to Haywood County, Border believed something invaluable occurs when cultures so rich in tradition come together to share their lives.

One month after Border’s presentation to community leaders, a board of directors met to launch Folkmoot USA, the North Carolina International Folk Festival.

The holiday music of Folkmoot Family Fa-La-La!

The holiday music of Folkmoot Family Fa-La-La!

The holiday music of Folkmoot Family Fa-La-La – Friday, 7 p.m., Folkmoot Friendship Center – will include spirited children’s a capella choral singing, “wassail” saxophones, a lovely harpist and, of course, a little holiday bluegrass! The evening promises a beautiful holiday kick-off, the opening of our remodeled Friendship Center auditorium and, you bet, lots of … Read more

Show us your Spookmoot costume!

Show us your Spookmoot costume! C’mon, c’mon…we want to see! We can’t wait for the weekend and the Friday night Kid’s Carnival or the Saturday Halloween Fling & Costume Party for adults! We want to see! (And so does everyone else – you know, just in the interest of making sure we’re all not duplicating … Read more

Folkmoot Final Extravaganza Weekend!

Folkmoot Photos

It’s been an extraordinary 10 days – a fanciful flight of color, art, music and drama – and it all comes together over the next three days in the Folkmoot final extravaganza weekend! From Franklin to Burnsville and Hickory – and most points in between – Folkmoot dancers from around the world have filled our … Read more

It’s here!! Folkmoot 2015 launches Thursday!

Give the gift of Folkmoot this year!

It’s here!! Folkmoot 2015 launches Thursday! And you’ll want to catch as many of the colorful, beautiful, dazzling moments you can – of course! A complete schedule and links to tickets is here. The line-up of fantastic dance troupes from around the world is here. And we can also tell you where to see some … Read more

Folkmoot – Throw Back Thursday

Folkmoot - Throw Back Thursday - Bashkiria 1994

Folkmoot – Throw Back Thursday is a time to reflect on the beautiful and spirited Folkmoot Festivals of the past! As one can imagine, we’ve collected quite a truck full of photos in over three decades of Folkmoot Festivals. Aside from being an effort to build peace and understanding, enhanced cultural education and exchange and … Read more

Folkmoot Ambassador Scott McLeod shares insights

Folkmoot Ambassador Scott McLeod shares insights

We got a chance recently to sit down with Folkmoot Ambassador Scott McLeod and hear some of his insight on Folkmoot. What does Folkmoot mean to you?  It means a meeting of the people. Folkmoot is about sharing to me; its about people sharing culture, music dance, ideas, history… it’s the whole idea of sharing … Read more

Get inside Folkmoot as a volunteer or guide!

Town of Waynesville to Folkmoot: $35,000

It’s the best seat in the house when you get inside Folkmoot as a volunteer or guide! We’re accepting applications now for Folkmoot USA Festival 2015 as volunteers and guides and if you’ve ever wanted to see the inner-Folkmoot: behind the scenes, backstage, traveling with the dance troupes, intense cultural education – this is the … Read more

May Day @ Folkmoot a big success!

May Day @ Folkmoot

The inaugural May Day @ Folkmoot was very successful – on many levels – all due to the volunteers, participating businesses and organizations, and the community which turned out in great numbers! Thanks to everyone! “Thanks to the community who supported Folkmoot in our Friends of Folkmoot event, May Day Celebration and Spring Cleaning Sale!,” … Read more

Commercial kitchen items for sale!

Folkmoot - Commercial Kitchen Items for Sale!

Yes, that’s right: Folkmoot has commercial kitchen items for sale. We know it seems a bit out of character for Folkmoot to be selling – or even have – commercial kitchen equipment but, you see, most of the equipment we inherited when the Town of Waynesville deeded to us the historic Hazelwood School – which … Read more

Scottish heritage on stage Saturday: May Day!

Folkmoot: Florida MacDonald Gammon

The celebration and interpretation of Scottish heritage – as presented by the incomparable Flora MacDonald Gammon – will be among the featured festivities Saturday, May 2, as Western Carolina revels in May Day @ Folkmoot. As Director of Music at the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Gammon is regarded by many as a leading authority … Read more