Dance the night away at The Orange Peel!

Dance the night away at The Orange Peel!

As an exciting new event just for Folkmoot 2016 – an international dance party with all the visiting groups! Dance the night away at The Orange Peel!

Led by talented DJ Oso Rey, the dance party is set for July 30 at 9:00pm. Online tickets are here.

Oso Rey

Oso Rey

Oso has loved music all his life and has been a professional musician for twenty‐five years. His passion for music started in California, playing drums and guitar. While in college, Oso started his first band, where he was a front man and a songwriter.

Oso moved to Asheville 10 years ago and has been a professional DJ in for four years. He has opened for many events at the Orange Peel and is working on projects with other local musicians. He not only enjoys producing the music but also interacting with the crowd and encouraging people to dance, which he says, “is an art form of its own.”

This is Oso’s first year with Folkmoot and he is looking forward to it because of his love for music and other cultures. He is crafting a fun‐filled evening with dance music from all over the world mixed with old funk from the U.S. Come join DJ Oso Rey and the international groups for this unforgettable Folkmoot dance party!

 Oso has a gift for mashing together musical elements from reggae, worldbeat, afro-pop, soul, and funk along with original bass-heavy beats. His diverse reach in music over the past 20 tears has allowed him to open for groups such as No Doubt, Magic!, the Bug, Post Malone, and Sublime.

He will be curating an eclectic mix for FOLKMOOT’s first dance party, drawing from all of the various countries’ music being represented in the festival for 2016.

Current projects include “Debrissa and the Bear King“,  producing an upcoming EP for the artist,  “Louque”, as well as DJ’ing all over the Southeast.

We asked some of our visiting dance troupes to get ready for the dance party be sending us a video of themselves dancing as they will on July 30. Here’s our group from Finland, KimuranttiKirjavat, dancing to Justin Timberlake:

 

The 33rd Edition of North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival begins July 21 and runs through July 31, with parades (new parades in Asheville and Franklin), cultural events, festivals within the festival and – of course – those glorious, dramatic and colorful dance performances at venues all over Western North Carolina.

Find our calendar of events, performance schedule & online tickets sales by clicking right here!

Named a Top 20 Event in 2016 in the Southeastern U.S., according to the Southeast Tourism Society and by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event featuring more than 200 international performers from ten countries with performances in 12 Western North Carolina communities.

Lodging and accommodations can be found here and Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center is for the first time offering weekend hotel packages for Folkmoot visitors.

New parades & events will spark Folkmoot Festival 2016, the 33rd edition of North Carolina’s official international folk festival set for July 21 to July 31.

Folkmoot 2016 schedule & tickets!The schedule of events has been announced and in addition to new events all over Western North Carolina, the line up includes new public parades in Asheville and Franklin, international issues discussion forums, a new children’s carnival and the always popular – and free – Parade of Nations through downtown Waynesville moved from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning to better serve busy families.

Named by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event featuring more than 200 international performers from ten countries with performances in 12 Western North Carolina communities. Folkmoot is also a Top 20 Event in 2016 in the Southeastern U.S., according to the Southeast Tourism Society.

Folkmoot performers are primarily college students who are acting as cultural ambassadors for their home countries.

For the 2016 Festival groups will travel from China, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Ghana, Japan, Peru, Poland, Romania and a special U.S-Mexico collaboration. The 2016 Festival will also include performances by the Eastern Band of Cherokee and other local Appalachian dance groups and bluegrass bands .

You can see them all, featured together and with videos, on our Folkmoot Performers of 2016 page.

Ticket packages and tickets for individual performance are available here as they are added. Keep checking back for updated individual performances.  In the meantime, please explore our year-round events. The Folkmoot Box Office can be reached by phone during business hours: 828-452-2997 , ext. 207.

Please always check our Schedule of Events for upcoming Folkmoot events, showcases and classes and follow our social media posts for the latest updates on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, Snapchat (mobile only). Please, always use #Folkmoot2016, the festival’s official hashtag,when sharing Folkmoot information and events or to search for the latest news.

Folkmoot, literally a “meeting of the people,” provides programs based on cultural exchange, designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity. Folkmoot creates opportunities for individuals and communities across the globe to build a deeper sense of connection, mutual respect and shared purpose.

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