The 2018 Folkmoot Festival is July 19-29

On a year-round basis, Folkmoot recruits cultural performance groups from around the world. We strive to represent diversity and look for new countries and a variety of cultural expressions to impress our festival audiences.

To become a festival participant, group directors go through a lengthy selection process with our Group Relations Committee, lead by Rolf Kaufman and staff member, Elizabeth Burson. After selection, the groups begin fundraising, preparing travel plans and visa arrangements to ensure smooth travel to Waynesville, North Carolina. You can imagine there are lots of challenges for our group directors to arrange travel for 10 – 30 dancers and musicians representing their countries! Current staff resists complaining by thinking of the complexities back at the beginning when Jackie Boldon, a founding Folkmoot director had to do everything we do in person or by mail! Thank goodness for the internet.

Dance troupes invited for 2018 represent the cultures of Ghana, Canadian – Italy, Peru, the Czech Republic, Northern Cyprus, Thailand and more.

The 2018 Festival will also include performances by the Eastern Band of Cherokee and several Appalachian cultural groups.

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We welcome Le Ragazze Italiane from Canada representing Italy

We welcome Folk Ensemble Kašava from the Czech Republic

We welcome Nkrabea Dance Ensemble from Ghana

We welcome Kyrenia Youth Centre Association from Northern Cyprus

We welcome Lampang Kalayanee School from Thailand

We welcome performers from Cherokee