A very special Wednesday for Folkmoot 2016.
With performances set for Hendersonville and a a premier performance at Asheville’s Hazel Robinson Amphitheater July 27 will be a red-letter date in Folkmoot history.
The Hendersonville performance is a matinee – 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College – a traditional Folkmoot appearance in recent years. The Hendersonville audience turns out well and it always very appreciative of the dancers’ efforts and grace.
The Wednesday evening performance is a new event for Folkmoot. Set for 7 p.m. at Asheville’s Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, home of the Montford Park Players and North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare festival.
As it does with all of the Montford Park Players’ presentations, the outdoor amphitheatre on a cool Smoky Mountain summer evening will provide a glorious backdrop for the pageantry and spectacular that is a Folkmoot performance of folk dancing from around the globe.
The Montford Park Players bring Shakespeare and other classic plays to the mountains of Western North Carolina, believing that Shakespeare is a vital part of the region’s common heritage. The theatre company began in 1973, at the municipal park on Montford Avenue, with a rendition of Shakespeare’s ever-popular pastoral comedy As You Like It. The theatre was constructed in 1983 and inaugurated with Romeo and Juliet.
The Folkmoot Box Office can be reached by phone during business hours: 828-452-2997 , ext. 207.
Folkmoot 2016 runs through July 31, with 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.
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 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.
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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.