Applications

Applications

Folkmoot offers a wide range of programs, classes and activities, in addition to our summertime festival. Instructions for signing up for them can be found below.

Folkmoot has begun the process of looking for groups for 2020. Please read the following information and fill out the application below to apply.

All submissions will receive a preliminary review to assess quality and consistency with the Festival’s mission and values. The high standards of excellence to which Folkmoot adheres, in addition to the limited number of performance spots available from year-to-year, make the selection of performing artists a highly competitive process. Qualified submissions will be brought before a Group Relations Committee for further consideration.

IMPORTANT:  We receive hundreds of submissions from artists each year, therefore artists will NOT be contacted unless the Festival is interested in pursuing performance possibilities.

To apply to as a group appearing at the Annual Folkmoot Summer Festival, please follow this process: 

  1. Fill out the application, linked here.
  2. Review our conditions of participation, below.
  3. Ask that your group is reviewed by Folkmoot’s Group Relations Committee.
  4. Pending approval and invitation, sign a participation agreement and submit to Folkmoot staff.
  5. Prepare travel arrangements and work with the Folkmoot staff to apply for visas if necessary.
  6. Provide a description of your dances, the origins of your dances, perhaps the regions from which they come. Any information you think would help us understand your group’s presentations. 

Conditions of Participation:

Folkmoot USA, a CIOFF festival, has been designated by the Legislature and Governor of our State as “The Official International Festival of North Carolina.  Visitors from all across America attend the festival.  We take great pride in being a festival of friendship that hosts high-quality folk groups.

Key Items in the Folkmoot USA Conditions of Participation:

  • In 2020, groups will be asked to arrive no later than July 15 and depart on July 27
  • Groups must fly into Asheville Regional Airport (AVL, Charlotte International Airport (CLT), Atlanta International Airport (ATL or the Greenville International Airport (GSP).
  • Each group is responsible for providing its own transportation to the airports listed above
  • All group members should be at least 16 years old.
  • Groups must remain under 30 participants total, including musicians, directors, performers, etc.
  • Live music rather than recorded music is required and must accompany the dancers.
  • Groups are housed hostel-style with two rooms per group, males, and females in separate rooms, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center.
  • Four meals a day are served in the center’s cafeteria where all groups enjoy fellowship together.
  • Folkmoot USA will provide housing, transportation, and four meals a day during the festival.
  • No other reimbursement is provided by Folkmoot USA.
  • Please continue reading for more detail on Folkmoot USA’s Conditions of Participation.
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Join Folkmoot’s International Band

The International Band opens and closes two festival events during the Folkmoot festival. The band is made up of the international and musicians. These talented individuals perform at various times throughout the festival.  The band’s schedule is listed below.

Schedule

  • July 19 Rehearsal at Folkmoot Center from 3pm-6pm
  • July 20 Opening Ceremony, Lake Junaluska 7pm Showtime
  • July 29 Closing Ceremony, Lake Junaluska 7pm Showtime

Exact report and dismissal times will follow once the full schedule is available.

If you are interested in being a member of the International band, please fill out the form below.

International Band Registration

Being a Folkmoot USA guide is truly the international cultural experience of a lifetime. During the two-week festival in July. Guides help our international guests get to performances, find things they need, help plan late-night parties that they host, plan and accompany them on sightseeing trips, and are responsive to just about any other needs that arise during their visit to western North Carolina. Guides also act as stage managers, emcees and souvenir salespersons at some performances.  Guides stay with their assigned performance group 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remember, this is a job, not a summer camp. 

The job position is an intense two weeks that are very rewarding. Some veteran guides say that it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love. Many guides began with Folkmoot near the end of their high school career and continued through college. Some older guides take a vacation from their year-round jobs just to work at Folkmoot.

The guide team, totaling about 20, is led and supervised by a director. Guides will be trained in all aspects of their job during a workshop that will be held in July prior to the festival. Applicants for the guide position must be at least 18 years old and be available to work from July 13 to July 31. 

We are also looking for assistant guides.  These guides can be between the ages of 14 and 17.  They have duties similar to those of the Folkmoot guides but will be under supervision at all times and do not work the “24/7” schedule of guides.

Included in Guide duties:

    • Work with festival group directors and Folkmoot staff members to ensure performance group compliance with Folkmoot rules, performance schedules, transportation schedules, meal schedules and other festival requirements
      Assist performance groups in planning and executing one evening of entertainment for other festival participants
    • Assist performance groups in planning sightseeing and other activities during non-performance time
    • Act as stage manager for some performances
    • Act as emcee for some performances
    • Sell Folkmoot souvenirs at some performances
    • Work with Folkmoot paid and volunteer staff to execute all festival activities in a professional manner
    • Closing down the building each night

Requirements: 

    • Must be 18 years or older (Assistant guides can be 14-17 years old, but work limited hours.)
    • Must be available for work 24 hours a day during the festival and training.
    • Must be available for 2019 training sessions, prior to the festival
    • Foreign language skills helpful but not required.

2019 Guide Applications 

For more information, call the Folkmoot Friendship Center at 828.452.2997.

Folkmoot is looking for individuals who seek a once and a lifetime experience working during our 10-Day International Folk Festival. We seek those who are eager to work hard and thrive during our festival. Those with a good attitude and easy to get along with behavior will be sought after. We understand the jobs are all hard, some long hours, however, the enjoyment our staff endures through our festival is irreplaceable.

The Folkmoot Production team training will begin on July 16, 2019, and all positions will be required to participate through July 31, 2019. House is available as needed.

If you have any further questions, please contact Elizabeth Burson, elizabeth@folkmoot.org.

Available positions are listed below:

LIGHTING ENGINEER

Interested applicants should have a working knowledge of backstage practices, procedure, and equipment. Be punctual, professional, work well as a member of a team, and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress. Applicants must have the ability to repeatedly lift and maneuver up to 50-70 lbs either alone or with assistance as well as scale ladders and work in high places. Must have a well verse knowledge of theatrical technical vocabulary including intelligent LED lighting. The lighting engineer must be knowledgeable and versatile with a variety of lighting consoles and systems as the production travels to multiple different theater venues. Working quickly and efficiently to design stage looks is required for this position.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead and execute Load-in / Strike for all lighting equipment.
  • Teach proper maintenance on lighting equipment.
  • Board Operation which includes setting scenes and designing stage looks.
  • Must be knowledgeable and versatile with a variety of lighting consoles and systems.
  • Punctuality, professionalism, team player and an ability to interact well with others.
  • Ability to lift and move 50 pounds or more.
  • Great communication and leadership skills and ability to effectively lead a team.
  • Comfortable driving and transporting people and equipment.
  • Positive Energy and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress.

STAGE MANAGER

Are you a good communicator who is organized, detail oriented, has a sense of humor and interested in coordinating all aspects of a production? Then you have the qualities to become a successful Stage Manager. The Stage Manager is critical to any successful production. It is a unique position that requires leadership, responsibility and collaboration to push the production forward. This position will require you to maintain a calm demeanor during high levels of stress. The Stage Manager is responsible for the smooth running of all performances in addition to being responsible for bridging the gap between technical demands and artistic preferences. Below are a few of the significant duties of a Stage Manager during the production process.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend all rehearsals and performances and production crew in the daily runnings.
  • Responsible for smooth running of all rehearsals and shows he/she is assigned to. This includes show calling.
  • Create and maintain a “prompt book” that includes rehearsal schedules, cue sheets, and other paperwork necessary for the production.
  • Should know basic first aid skills.
  • Knowledge of dance productions and how to properly cater to dancers.
  • Create and issue daily performance reports. This report serves as communication between all members of the production staff and communicates notes from the performance.
  • Have a basic knowledge of theatrical technical vocabulary.
  • Attend production meetings and note sessions.
  • Establish and maintain communication will all technical departments to ensure that notes are being communicated promptly and clearly.
  • Should have good language and communication skills due to performers who may not speak English very well.
  • Maintain a positive attitude in times of stress

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

The ASM supports the Stage Manager during rehearsals and performances and leads the backstage crew during performances. An effective ASM is essential for the smooth operation of the backstage elements. Below are a few of the duties of an Assistant Stage Manager during the production process.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend all rehearsals and performances and assist the Stage Manager in the daily running of productions.
  • Have a basic knowledge of theatrical technical vocabulary.
  • Should know basic first aid skills.
  • Knowledge of dance productions and how to properly cater to dancers.
  • Be attentive during all production functions.
  • Have great communication skills and be able to work as part of a team.
  • Run errands as needed and assist SM with daily set up and clean up.
  • Supervise scene shifts and backstage during performances.
  • Attend production meetings and note sessions.
  • Establish and maintain communication will all technical departments to ensure that notes are being communicated promptly and clearly.
  • Should have good language and communication skills due to performers who may not speak English very well.
  • Maintain a positive attitude in times of stress.

PRODUCTION CREW

Interested applicants should have a working knowledge of backstage practices, procedure, and equipment. Be punctual, professional, work well as a member of a team, and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress. Applicants must have the ability to repeatedly lift and maneuver up to 50-70 lbs either alone or with assistance as well as scale ladders and work in high places. Applicants should have a basic understanding of speaker systems, microphone placement, cabling process, a knowledgeable background in Qlab, and a base knowledge of intelligent lighting. The Production Crew is REQUIRED to attend ALL LOAD-IN and STRIKES. NOTE: This position may require you to work early mornings and late nights when necessary with the understanding of proper notice to working those hours from the Stage Manager or Technical Director.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend all rehearsals, previews and performances as scheduled.
  • Prepare all necessary equipment, clean the stage, and preset props prior to any rehearsal or performance.
  • Assist with transitions, assist with prop and microphone handoffs, and run the show while maintaining the quality of the production.
  • Maintain positive attitude in times of stress

SOUND ENGINEER

Sound Engineer will work with the Technical Director to prep, build, and change any aspects of the performance. The Sound Engineer should have a well-rounded understanding of speaker systems, microphone placement, cabling process, a knowledgeable background in live audio mixing, a knowledgeable background in Qlab, and a base knowledge of intelligent lighting. He/she will be required to attend Tech and Performances to maintain appropriate levels for each performance as well as perform duties as Board Operator or Audio Engineer backstage (A1). Sound Engineers are REQUIRED to attend ALL LOAD-IN and STRIKES. Note: This position may require you to work early mornings and late nights when necessary with the understanding of proper notice to working those hours from the Production Manager or Technical Director.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead and execute Load-in / Strike for all sound equipment.
  • Teach proper maintenance on microphones.
  • Board Operation which includes setting levels and sound mixing.
  • Punctuality, professionalism, team player and an ability to interact well with others.
  • Ability to lift and move 50 pounds or more.
  • Great communication and leadership skills and ability to effectively lead a team.
  • Comfortable driving and transporting people and equipment.
  • Positive Energy and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress.

Apply for a 2019 Production Team Position Here

February 2019

The 2018 Folkmoot Festival was one of the most successful in recent history with more ticket sales, more venues and special events, more sponsors and more donors than we could have imagined. We are expecting to grow in 2019 and we are now accepting applications for vendor space and hope you are interested! Join Folkmoot friends for the events described below.

With good weather, we anticipate that the 2019 festival will attract more than 25,000 people to downtown Waynesville and more than 5,000 people to our other events in Hazelwood and Canton. Please notice below, we have two new events. For detailed information about the festival schedule, please visit folkmoot.org.  For a brief synopsis of the vendor-related opportunities through Folkmoot, please read on:

Many Cultures Day (MCD) on Saturday, July 20, 2019 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Folkmoot is accepting 30 vendors for this event. The MCD focuses on children and families and features live entertainment by youthful singers and dancers, free dance lessons by international dancers, an arts and craft tent, food vendors as well as non profit organizations. This is the fourth year of MCD and we expect between 3,000 and 5,000 guests.

Mootennany- Americana Day, Sunday, July 21, 2019 2:00 pm -9:00 pm
A first year event, the Mootenany is a celebration of American culture, with an emphasis on Southern Appalachian folk music, arts, crafts, foods and beverages. Folkmoot will host musical acts on a main stage, dance lessons and vendors who specialize in southern Appalachian culture. We expect the Mootenanny will attract 1,500 guests and anticipate accepting 30 vendors for this event.

Folkmalt, Friday, July 26, 2019 3:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Celebrating WNC beer culture and the plethora of world cuisine in our region, Folkmoot is expanding our scope on Friday, July 26th to build a new festival event at Sorrells Park in Canton. We are looking for vendors who provide handmade international arts, crafts or who produce other cultural items including clothing, personal accessories are welcomed. We expect the Folkmalt will attract a minimum of 3,000 guests and anticipate accepting 30 vendors for this event.

International Festival Day (IFD), takes place on Saturday, July 27 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
We are accepting 100 vendors that offer unique, handmade items. Sales of quality arts and cultural crafts, gifts with an international flair and local and international foods have been successful at IFD. International Day is in its 36th year and Folkmoot anticipates a minimum of 25,000 guests to this event.

You must successfully submit your application by July 5, 2019  in order to be considered in our review/ selection process.

Below, you will find our vendor guidelines and an application form.

The application must be submitted with three (3) to six (6) color images of the work the applicant intends to sell and one (1) booth image, along with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee.

We prefer that vendors submit applications online but will accept hard copy applications, postmarked by July 5, 2019.

Please contact Elizabeth Burson at 828-452-2997 or vendors@folkmoot.org if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Laura Shepherd, Tickets & Special Events Manager
Elizabeth Burson, Operations and Administrative Coordinator

2019 Artist Vendor Application 
2019 Vendor Guidlines 
Pay $25 application fee here

Folkmoot is looking for individuals who seek a once and a lifetime experience working during our 10-Day International Folk Festival. We seek those who are eager to work hard and thrive during our festival. Those with a good attitude and easy to get along with behavior will be sought after. We understand the jobs are all hard, some long hours, however, the enjoyment our staff endures through our festival is irreplaceable.

It is required of all seasonal staff members to participate in Cultural Conversation Training on one Saturday before work is to start. Date and time to be determined once all staff has been hired.

By turning in this application, you comply that everything on this application is accurate to the best of your knowledge and adhere to the requirements before work begins.

Individuals who are hired for the bus driver position will work within a team environment to provide transportation service to international dance groups through Western North Carolina. Bus Drivers report to the Transportation Lead who then reports to the Executive Director. Each bus driver will be assigned to one group during the festival. This position will take place during the entire festival, July 14th, 2019 – July 31st, 2019.

A Class B – CDL with P endorsement is required for this position and must be obtained before work begins. It is required of all seasonal staff members to participate in Cultural Conversation Training on one Saturday before work is to start. Date and time to be determined once all staff has been hired.

By turning in this application, you comply that everything on this application is accurate to the best of your knowledge and adhere to the requirements before work begins.

Fill out the 2019 Bus Driver application here

Individuals who are hired for cafeteria positions will work with the team to provide food and beverage to 300 individuals four times daily during the festival. The cafeteria staff report to cafeteria managers who then report to the Executive Director. This position will take place July 16th, 2018 through August 1st, 2018. There are many different schedules available and Folkmoot is searching for individuals who are hard working, friendly and flexible.

If selected for seasonal employment, you will be contacted by a cafeteria manager or the Executive Director to fill out seasonal employment forms and given a schedule for training.

We are no longer hiring for 2019

 

Folkmoot is seeking young entrepreneurs, age 17 and under, interested in an opportunity to share their handmade products at the upcoming Many Cultures Day, on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Many Cultures Day is a component of North Carolina’s International Folk Festival and designed with activities for youth and families. Young entrepreneurs can register for a vendor space by filling out an online application and paying a $5 application fee at Folkmoot.org.

Many Cultures Day is held immediately after the Parade of Nations on the first weekend of the Folkmoot Festival and features live entertainment by youthful singers and dancers, folk dance lessons by international performers, an arts and crafts tent, food and beverage trucks and activities lead by local nonprofit organizations. This is the third year of Many Cultures Day and attendance is projected at 3,000 to 5,000 guests.

Young entrepreneurs must successfully submit their application by Wednesday, May 15, 2019, to be considered. A shared tent will be provided, but entrepreneurs must bring their own signage, table, chairs, and table covering. Please, no food or beverage products. Applications must be submitted with three (3) color images of items the applicant intends to sell.

Please contact Laura Shepherd or Elizabeth Burson at 828-452-2997 or vendors@folkmoot.org for more information.

Marketplace Vendor Application Guidelines 2019

Vendor Online Application

Folkmoot is launching Saturday Markets this fall in an effort to make the Friendship Center a vibrant and useful place for the community. Each market will operate from 5:30pm until 9pm on the Second Saturdays of each month. Markets will include vendors, dance lessons, food and beverage and live music. We will not be charging an entrance fee and hope to build a fun and safe Saturday night scene for people of all ages. We are depending on word of mouth to reach arts and crafts entrepreneurs like you! If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the application below. For each event you participate as a vendor, the cost for the February and March Markets is $20; however, if you refer two friends who become vendors, you will receive one free market entry. Folkmoot will promote this event through press releases, social media and our electronic newsletter. We are uncertain of how many people we will attract to these first events, but know this event will grow and we appreciate you working with us to make it happen!

Vendor Applications

February 2019

The 2018 Folkmoot Festival was one of the most successful in recent history with more ticket sales, more venues and special events, more sponsors and more donors than we could have imagined. We are expecting to grow in 2019 and we are now accepting applications for vendor space and hope you are interested! Join Folkmoot friends for the events described below.

With good weather, we anticipate that the 2019 festival will attract more than 25,000 people to downtown Waynesville and more than 5,000 people to our other events in Hazelwood and Canton. Please notice below, we have two new events. For detailed information about the festival schedule, please visit folkmoot.org.  For a brief synopsis of the vendor-related opportunities through Folkmoot, please read on:

Many Cultures Day (MCD) on Saturday, July 20, 2019 11:00 am – 4:00 pmFolkmoot is accepting 30 vendors for this event. The MCD focuses on children and families and features live entertainment by youthful singers and dancers, free dance lessons by international dancers, an arts and craft tent, food vendors as well as non profit organizations. This is the fourth year of MCD and we expect between 3,000 and 5,000 guests.

Mootennany- Americana Day, Sunday, July 21, 2019 12:00 pm -10:00 pmA first year event, the Mootenany is a celebration of American culture, with an emphasis on Southern Appalachian folk music, arts, crafts, foods and beverages. Folkmoot will host musical acts on a main stage, dance lessons and vendors who specialize in southern Appalachian culture. We expect the Mootenanny will attract 1,500 guests and anticipate accepting 30 vendors for this event.

Folkmalt, Friday, July 26, 2019 4:00 pm- 10:00 pmCelebrating WNC beer culture and the plethora of world cuisine in our region, Folkmoot is expanding our scope on Friday, July 26th to build a new festival event at Sorrells Park in Canton. We are looking for vendors who provide handmade international arts, crafts or who produce other cultural items including clothing, personal accessories are welcomed. We expect the Folkmalt will attract a minimum of 3,000 guests and anticipate accepting 30 vendors for this event.

International Festival Day (IFD), takes place on Saturday, July 27 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWe are accepting 100 vendors that offer unique, handmade items. Sales of quality arts and cultural crafts, gifts with an international flair and local and international foods have been successful at IFD. International Day is in its 36th year and Folkmoot anticipates a minimum of 25,000 guests to this event.

You must successfully submit your application by Thursday, March 28, 2019  in order to be considered in our review/ selection process.

Below, you will find our vendor guidelines and an application form. The application must be submitted with three (3) to six (6) color images of the work the applicant intends to sell and one (1) booth image, along with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee.

We prefer that vendors submit applications online but will accept hard copy applications, postmarked by March 28, 2019.

Please contact Elizabeth Burson at 828-452-2997 or vendors@folkmoot.org if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Sincerely,
Laura Shepherd, Tickets & Special Events Manager 
Elizabeth Burson, Operations and Administrative Coordinator

2019 Vendor Guidelines

2019 Food Vendor Application

Pay application fee

We are no longer accepting Food Vendor Applications for the 2019 festival.