The Folkmoot Festival provides communities throughout western North Carolina the opportunity to build a deeper sense of connection and respect with people from around the world while celebrating cultural arts.
An important aspect of the Festival is its engagement of youth and families in the Folkmoot experience. One such opportunity Camp Folkmoot, is designed to bring regional students, groups, and families together with local and international performance troupes. Camp Folkmoot is a one-day dance camp for kids and teens between 4thand 12th grades. At Camp Folkmoot, participants have opportunities to share their own cultural heritage, learn the history of the traditional dance and what makes each participating culture unique. Further, Camp Folkmoot offers storytelling instruction, “make and take” for students to provide opportunities to create cultural crafts. Students will also make lanterns for the Hazelwood Lantern Parade.
The camp is open to youth of all abilities who are inspired by folklore and cultural arts. Participants will learn basic concepts and movements, gain an appreciation for the similarities and differences between cultures and hear captivating stories behind the dances of each international cultural group.
The 2019 Camp Folkmoot takes place on Friday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center. The cost is $30.00 for students and $10 for any accompanying adult. All camp participants are invited to attend the Queen Auditorium Matinee performance of all festival groups, starting at 2 pm at no additional costs. Families and youth groups are encouraged to register soon to save a space for your child. Snacks, lunch, and drinks will be provided. Discounts are available to groups of four or more if registered together.
For more information, contact Caroline Brown Williamson at email@example.com. Register at Folkmoot.org or by calling 828-452-2997.
Folkmoot is a 9-day celebration of world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, special events, parades and workshops with over 200 dancers and musicians from 7 countries alongside Cherokee and Appalachian performers. Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music.
Sponsored by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation