It’s a big weekend for Folkmoot 2018!
Yes! Folkmoot Festival 2018 – Folkmoot’s 35th edition – has arrived and will bring folk dance, color, music & pageantry all over Western North Carolina for 10 days!
It began last night with our annual Gala Under the Stars and will explode over this coming opening weekend with many events and peformances!
Folkmoot 2018 formally opened Thursday and runs through July 29 and will feature performing dance troupes from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailand and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians.
Opening weekend kicks off with the groups’ arrival July 18th in Waynesville and charges immediately into events and performances.
Kids just naturally want to dance and at Folkmoot 2018 they will be able to do exactly that TODAY – with the performers – at Camp Folkmoot! The one-day, all-immersive dance camp will be part of the Folkmoot 2018 Festival and is set for July 20!
The Grand Opening Extravaganza at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium, always one of the festival’s highlights!
The First Saturday, has it’s come to be known is jam-packed with huge events, free-and-open-to-the-public events and more fun than – maybe, not really – anyone should expect to have in a single day!
First Saturday kicks off with one of the most popular events each year of the entire festival: the Parade of Nations down Main Street, Waynesville. Always colorful and exciting, the whole of Western Carolina (it seems) turns out to see our visiting international dance troupes, local and international musicians, favorite Appalachian and mountain dance troupes all perform and frolic down the main drag of our picturesque mountain town.
Kids, parents, grandparents, adults of all varieties revel in the pageantry and exhilaration of the festive vibe.
Come to our Folkmoot International Center immediately after the Parade of Nations for Many Cultures Day. The event lasts until 4 p.m. and features 30-vendors, youth activities hosted by community groups, ethnic food trucks, international performers, community dance lessons, and a youth performance stage with local youth fiddlers and dancers. There also will be two Cherokee stickball game demonstrations. The cost of this outdoor festival is $5 for individuals over 5 years old. Visit the Many Cultures Day event post on Facebook, tag “going” and share it on your profile or with friends!
A full performance by all visiting dance troupes at Haywood Community College caps off the day at 7 p.m.! One of the most popular performances of the festival each year, the first HCC performance is always a fun-filled event and moderately priced so the whole family can enjoy the show! Visit the Haywood Community College performance event post on Facebook, tag “going” and share it on your profile or with friends!
Sunday Soirée is set for July 22 – The community is invited to experience the foods of our eight visiting world cultures, presented by the chefs of the Blind Pig Supper Club with entertainment provided by regional youth celebrating cultural arts. Performers will represent Appalachian, African, American Jazz and Cherokee cultures and then meet and greet Folkmoot’s international performers over dessert!
Folkmoot also travels to Hickory, NC, on July 22 for two performances, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Hosted by the Hickory International Council in the Drendel Auditorium (4 groups) *includes post-performance Cultural Conversations. Tickets will be available through the International Council & Drendel Auditorium when they are made available.