2019 Folkmoot Festival performance groups
In a year-round process Folkmoot recruits cultural performance groups from across the globe. We strive to represent diversity and look for new countries and a variety of cultural expressions to impress our festival audiences.
To become a festival participant, group directors go through a lengthy selection process with our Group Relations Committee, led by Rolf Kaufman and staff member, Elizabeth Burson. After selection, the groups begin fundraising, preparing travel plans and visa arrangements to ensure smooth travel to Waynesville, North Carolina. You can imagine there are lots of challenges for our group directors to arrange travel for 10 – 30 dancers and musicians representing their countries! Current staff resists complaining by thinking of the complexities back at the beginning when Jackie Boldon, a founding Folkmoot director had to do everything we do in person or by mail! Thank goodness for the internet.
Please always check our Schedule of Events for upcoming Folkmoot events, showcases, and classes.
Platinum Knights Junkanoo
Junkanoo is a street parade with music, dance, and costumes of Akan origin in many islands across the English speaking Caribbean every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, the same as “Kakamotobi” or the Fancy Dress Festival of Ghana. The original Junkanoo is the strongest remaining African tradition in the Bahamas.