Entries by Folkmoot USA

Folkmoot 2017: Utkarsh Dance Academy from India!

Utkarsh Dance Academy wowed guests at Folkmoot in 2001 and 2004 and Folkmoot is proud to have the team returning again this year. The dance company was founded in 1994 in the famous city of Surat located in Gujarat, India, and has been entertaining for 22 years. They are an Indian Government registered company that […]

Folkmoot 2017: McConnell School of Dance, Canadian Welsh Group

McConnell School of Dance is recognized world-wide for their unique performances of Irish style dances. The school was established in Winnipeg in the fall of 1947 with no more than a dozen pupils, due to the small population of Irish in the community. Samuel and Sarah McConnell, immigrants from Northern Ireland, are the founders of […]

Folkmoot 2017: The Sentimiento Criollo Ballet from Argentina!

The Sentimiento Criollo Ballet was founded on March 17, 1983, in the town of Wheelwright, province of Santa Fe, Argentina. The Ballet has 150 members of dance school students, members of the ballet major, and adult musicians from the neighboring towns of Hughes, Labordeboy, Melincue, Elortondo, Venado Tuerto, Firmat, Rosario, Villa Canas, and Alcorta. The […]

How to Volunteer for the Festival

With the Folkmoot Festival just around the corner, there are still a lot of donations and requests to be coordinated before our groups arrive in July. We had a successful volunteer meeting on May 15th, including a discussion about our basic volunteer needs for the festival and a new donation’s list for the coming months. […]

2017 Venues for Festival

      Folkmoot Friendship Center: The Folkmoot Friendship Center is located at 112 Virginia Ave in Waynesville, NC. In 2002, Folkmoot Friendship Center opened in what was previously the Hazelwood Elementary School. Festival events at the center include the Gala on July 20th and Many Cultures Carnival on July 22nd. HART Theatre: The HART […]

2017 Festival Schedule

Folkmoot: North Carolina’s International Folk Festival, Folk Dance & World Culture in the Mountains of WNC July 20-30, 2017 Named by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event, held across the mountains of Western North Carolina in Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Cherokee, […]

Meet Catherine MacCallum, new Operations & Volunteer Coordinator

There is some exciting news to share at Folkmoot! You will see a new face at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, ME!  My name is Catherine MacCallum, and I am the new Operations and Volunteer Coordinator (some may remember me by the last name of Crowe). I am no stranger to Folkmoot, as I interned for […]

Many Thanks

Letter to the Editor: This is a letter of thanksgiving, and perhaps at first glance, readers might expect it to appear in November.  While we will most assuredly also be grateful then, we wanted to take the time now to express our thanks and gratitude as we near the 34th annual Folkmoot Festival, July 20 […]

Richard Hurley, Folkmoot Ambassador

  Richard Hurley has been involved with Folkmoot for 27 years, starting with an emcee role for a Festival event in 1989. After his first festival experience, he was hooked.  Richard joined the Board of Directors in the 1990s, served on the Executive Committee, and chaired the Nominating Committee for a number of years. He […]

Thai Friendship Dinner at Blossom Benefits Folkmoot

Blossom on Main will host a Folkmoot Thai Friendship Dinner on Thursday, May 18, 2017. 10% of proceeds will benefit Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives. Blossom is located in downtown Waynesville, 128 N. Main Street.   Thai Friendship Dinner night begins at 6:00 p.m. and includes a fun and informative program that shares with participants Thai […]

Building Access Ramps at Folkmoot with Stephen Wenzel

by Samantha Ray Stephen Wenzel is a Eagle Scout who is building ADA access ramps at the Folkmoot center. He is 17 years old and he grew up around the festival. Here is some information about the project.   Q: What does ADA access mean? A: ADA Access is handicap accessible ramps that allow equal […]

Folkmoot’s new Cherokee Coordinator, Lisa Wilnoty by Samantha Ray

My name is Samantha Ray and I will be introducing a few important Folkmoot people through the next few blogs. The first person I interviewed is an incredible woman who works at Folkmoot as the new Cherokee Coordinator and has a stunning presence wherever she goes, her name is Lisa Spring Wilnoty and this is […]