The 2017 Folkmoot Festival is July 20 – 30
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 15 – 40 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 2017 represent the cultures of India, Netherlands, Slovenia, Russia, Argentina, Taiwan, Israel, and Canadian-Welsh.
The 2017 Festival will also include performances by the Eastern Band of Cherokee and several Appalachian cultural groups.
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