It’s here!! Folkmoot 2015 launches Thursday!
And you’ll want to catch as many of the colorful, beautiful, dazzling moments you can – of course!
And we can also tell you where to see some of your favorite groups perform: our schedule of troupes assigned to the various venues has been released and while many of the shows will include all the visiting performers some performances – because some happen in different venues at the same time or same day – offer differing line ups.
Most of the events during our big opening weekend – the Friends of Folkmoot Gala; our always-popular Parade of Nations down Main Street, Waynesville; our Grand Opening at the Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley; and our festive International Day on Main Street – will, of course, include all the performing troupes and more!
Our performance Saturday night – July 18 – at Haywood Community College will include all the visiting troupes as will the Sunday, July 19th, matinee performance at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville.
Sunday, July 19th, we split up the troupes with dancers from Chile, Philippines & Estonia traveling to the SALT Block Auditorium in Hickory while dancers from Puerto Rico, Canada, Ecuador & Philippines perform at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium for World Friendship Day.
The troupes from Puerto Rico, Philippines & Ecuador will travel to Franklin July 20 for the evening performance at Franklin High School.
Dancers will split up July 21 with troupes from Estonia, Puerto Rico & Philippines traveling to Bryson City and the evening performance at Swain County High School while troupes from Canada, Ecuador and special appearance by dancers from Asheville Morris and Ashegrove Garland will perform in Canton at the Colonial Theatre.
Dancers from Chile, Ecuador, Estonia, Canada, Puerto Rico & Phillipines will be on hand July 22 in Henderson County for both the matinee performance (2 p.m.) and the evening performance (7:30 p.m.) at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock.
For our special By-The-Carload performance (one $19.26 price for each carload) at the Haywood County Fairgrounds on July 23 dancers will be on hand from Puerto Rico, Philippines, Ecuador, our Cherokee neighbors & friends and other special USA troupes.
Dancers from Quebec and Estonia will travel July 23 to Burnsville for our 2 p.m performance at Burnsville Town Center and back to Asheville for a 7 p.m. performance at the Asheville Jewish Community Center.
In Waynesville, meanwhile, on July 23, Folkmoot Sponsor The Classic Wineseller will feature a special Chilean Dinner with our visiting Chilean troupe, Ballet Folclórico de la Universidad de Tarapaca. The 7 p.m. dinner and show costs $49.99 per person and reservations are available by calling 828-452-6000.
The performing troupes from Chile, Ecuador, Estonia, Canada, Puerto Rico & Phillipines will be on hand July 24 for the big Extravaganza Shows – matinee, 2 p.m. and evening show at 7:30 p.m. – at The Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley.
Also on July 24, any number of visiting dancers may show up for the Mountain Street Dance on Main Street, Waynesville, which will also feature the Darren Nicholson Band & the Southern Appalachian Cloggers.
Dancers from Ecuador, Chile, Puerto Rico, Canada, Phillipines, Estonia & the USA will perform July 25 at Haywood Community College.
Puerto Rican dancers will join Cherokee dancers the afternoon of July 25 at the Cherokee Fairgrounds while dancers from Estonia, Philippines & Quebec entertain the same afternoon at Bardo Theatre on the campus of Western Carolina University.
All groups will be on hand for the festival’s grand finale, July 26, first at 1:30 p.m. at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville and again at 7 p.m. for the traditional Candlelight Closing at Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska.
Folkmoot 2015 is sure to be just as thrilling, just as beautiful and just as entertaining as it has been for the past three decades. And, better yet, the best is still to come from Folkmoot in the next three decades.