Folkmoot 2016 has been nothing short of spectacular and all the energies are building toward a huge finale weekend in Asheville and Waynesville!
Thousands of Western North Carolinians and visitors to the region have piled through the (imaginary) turnstiles at venues from Franklin to Hickory – and many points in between – to witness the dramatic and colorful dance of our international folk dance troupes from the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Japan, Peru, Poland and a special U.S-Mexico collaboration.
And all along the way Folkmoot has been doing what it does best: building peace and understanding through cultural exchange, building friendships among and between as many diverse peoples and nations as there are on the planet.
Still plenty of time – and plenty of events and shows – left to catch all the pageantry and grace that is Folkmoot 2016 as we approach our huge finale weekend.
Five huge events – some new, some traditional – are set for our final weekend:
The focus on Friday will be Asheville where, for the first time, Folkmoot will parade through Pack Square in a free event, open to the public. Parades are a Folkmoot tradition and we hope an annual Asheville parade will become a Folkmoot tradition, too.
The parade begins at 4 p.m. and will circle Pack Square with individual group performances and celebrations of diversity for which Asheville is famous.
Friday night’s performance of all groups in the Diana Wortham Theatre is set for 7 p.m. This is a special treat and one not to be missed.
During the daylight hours on Saturday the focus returns to home base Haywood County.
The traditional International Festival Day is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all over Main Street, Waynesville. The event attracts approximately 25,000 visitors and is produced by Folkmoot and the Downtown Waynesville Association. Entertainment will feature two stages, cultural performances and community dance lessons by our dance troupes.
Saturday night will feature a brand new event for Folkmoot 2016, an International Dance Party at The Orange Peel in Asheville! Join Oso Rey and 200 dance ambassadors from our visiting nations and our own regional troupes for a dance party with iconic American and international dance music.
Oso Rey is a California songwriter/producer/DJ who has called Asheville home for the past decade. He mashes 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.
Sunday’s final Folkmoot 2016 performance is the very traditional Candlelight Closing in Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. Experience the wonder of dance, music, costumes and culture at this ALL GROUP, farewell performance. Enjoy TEN GROUP PERFORMANCES with over 200 international dancers and musicians. As the evening draws to a close, unity candles burn bright and represent how so many, can become one through dance.
The Folkmoot Box Office can be reached by phone during business hours: 828-452-2997 , ext. 207.
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.
Folkmoot performers are primarily college students who are acting as cultural ambassadors for their home countries.
For the 2016 Festival groups have traveled from China, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Japan, Peru, Poland, Uganda 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.
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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.