No Folkmoot Festival would be complete without our own regional contribution and, so, for Folkmoot 2016: Tsalagi, the Cherokee People.
As they have for many years of the three decades of Folkmoot Festivals, our friends and neighbors from just over the mountain will be an integral part of festival performances, sharing with our international visitors the rich cultural tradition of our native people.
The Cherokee tell their own story: Traditional dances of the Cherokee were used for social gatherings and as a form of prayer. Social dances reflect the Cherokee connection with the natural world through colorful dances such as the Bear, Buffalo, Quail, Horse and Beaver Dance. They also reflect communal harmony demonstrating the belief of working together as a village as shown in the Corn and Friendship dance. The closest representation of a prayer dance is performed as the Village Stomp, a carefully crafted dance showing elements of prayer dances while not compromising their sanctity.
Our storytellers relay legends and myths that have been handed down from generation to generation and our historical interpreters introduce to you the rich and colorful heritage of the Cherokee People.
We are proud to share our history and culture with you; across the nation and around the world. The Cherokee story is one of triumph and we provide audiences with a glimpse into our ancient ways of life.
The 33rd Edition of North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival begins July 21 and runs through July 31, with parades (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.
New parades & events will spark Folkmoot Festival 2016, the 33rd edition of North Carolina’s official international folk festival set for July 21 to July 31.
The schedule of events has been announced and in addition to new events all over Western North Carolina, the line up includes new public parades in Asheville and Franklin, international issues discussion forums, a new children’s carnival and the always popular – and free – Parade of Nations through downtown Waynesville moved from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning to better serve busy families.
Named 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 is also a Top 20 Event in 2016 in the Southeastern U.S., according to the Southeast Tourism Society.
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.
Ticket packages and tickets for individual performance are available here as they are added. Keep checking back for updated individual performances. In the meantime, please explore our year-round events. The Folkmoot Box Office can be reached by phone during business hours: 828-452-2997 , ext. 207.
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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.