Entries by Folkmoot USA

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Learn to say, “peace,” in many languages

Learn to say, “peace,” in many languages during Folkmoot 2018 – it’s a word you will likely hear quite a bit. Folkmoot has long been a festival which bridges cultural differences, expands cultural horizons and builds peace and understanding through the celebration of tradition and dance. The more we know and understand each other – […]

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Hey, y’all! Say, “hello,” in the languages of Folkmoot

Hey, y’all! Say, “hello,” in the languages of Folkmoot. In less than a month, we’ll be the host to folk dancers, musicians and support people from seven nations around the globe, all with special and beautiful languages all their own. And while none of us can expect to become proficient in all those languages, we […]

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Folkmoot 2018 is one month away!

Folkmoot 2018 is one month away! Western North Carolina’s biggest party of the summer will begin July 19 and run through July 29 and will bring from around the world to the Smoky Mountains a celebration of culture and dance and beauty and pageantry and a shared peace and mutual understanding among us all! Now […]

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Folkmoot is more social (media) than ever!

Folkmoot is more social (media) than ever! Over the past half-decade of Folkmoot’s 35-year life span we’ve become increasingly more active online, along the digital channels and well into the communications technology of the 21st Century – due in large part to our (mostly) young international dancers and many of our (often young) Haywood County […]

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Folkmoot is community

Folkmoot is community. Folkmoot has long been known as a festival which bridges cultural differences and expands cultural awareness through the celebration of tradition and dance. Our visiting dance troupes’ often brilliant costumes, always smiling faces and lively dance steps set to music highlight the festival and speak to festival attendees of each represented nation’s […]

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Our volunteer spotlight shines on Michelle Romberger

Our volunteer spotlight shines on Michelle Romberger for the countless volunteer hours she gives to Folkmoot. Together with husband, Keith Romberger, the couple have been actively involved with Folkmoot for 16 years and have made Folkmoot a family adventure by bringing along their son and daugther. An assistant first grade teacher and bus driver at […]

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A Métis dance for the Cherokee people

A Métis dance for the Cherokee people will be a featured cultural exchange July 24 when Folkmoot 2018 takes our international dancers to visit our Western Carolina First Nation residents.  At least 10 members of our visiting Le Ragazze Italiane dance troupe of Canada, as it turns out, are also members of the Canadian Métis (pronounced, “maytee”) First […]

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Folkmoot expands our community

Folkmoot expands our community. No matter how one may view the annual Folkmoot Festival – North Carolina’s official international folk festival – or Folkmoot’s year-round activities and events, one amazing fact stands out: Folkmoot expands our community. Folkmoot expands our horizons. Folkmoot broadens our frame of reference. Folkmoot takes us places to learn other cultures, […]

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A Folkmoot Sunday Soirée – July 22

A Folkmoot Sunday Soirée – July 22 – will feature an evening of locally grown internationally themed delicacies, locally grown young musicians and our Festival Friendship Dinner! The festive, informative, entertaining and delicious evening will begin at 5 p.m. on the Greenspace at Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville. Reservations and tickets are […]

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Shady Ladies cover Frog Level with quilts

Shady Ladies cover Frog Level with quilts when they gather June 8-10 at the Folkmoot Friendship Center for their 16th annual quilt show. The featured exhibit of the 2018 quilt show will be the group’s finely crafted quilts depicting favorite images of Waynesville’s Frog Level district, the Richland Creek historic and industrial area emerging as […]

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Sleeping in the Smokies – Folkmoot 2018!

Sleeping in the Smokies – Folkmoot 2018! It could be argued sleeping in the Smokies – for two or three (or more) nights – might be the best part of attending the beautiful and graceful Folkmoot 2018 Festival of international folk dance and cultural exchange. The warm summer sunshine glowing on the verdant peaks, the […]

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Folkmoot welcomes two new board members

On the cusp of celebrating the 35th summer festival, Folkmoot welcomes two new board members. Pam Meister, director of the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University, and Kevin Sandefur, co-owner of BearWaters Brewing Company in Canton, have been tapped for two-year terms as members of Folkmoot’s board of directors. Folkmoot 2018 opens July 19 […]