Spread peace and understanding with a Folkmoot T-shirt!

Spread peace and understanding with a Folkmoot T-shirt!

Promote cultural sharing, proclaim yourself to be part of the human family, make new friends and, maybe even, new dance partners with T-shirts, hats and other merchandise from Folkmoot, the 34-year-old festival of folk dance and music and North Carolina’s official international folk festival.

Shirts, caps, tote bags and more are all available and ready purchase right here on our website. We’ll ship purchases to you! And with every purchase you help support the work of building international understand and peace through the annual Folkmoot Festival in Western North Carolina.

Spread peace and understanding with a Folkmoot T-shirt!Folkmoot 2018 is set for July 19-29 at performance venues in Haywood County, North Carolina and across the Western Carolina region. Tickets for some performances are already available online. Others will be added soon.

Our merchandise is available all year long.

Maybe you’d just simply like to say, “Hello,” with one of our T-shirts. You can proclaim your belief that “Diversity is Beautiful” with a comfortable bright green shirt.

You can readily tell friends how proud you are to be part of the Human Family with a Folkmoot shirt.

You can encourage others to Share Culture with a T-shirt.

Or, perhaps, you want to tell others with your shirt how you believe, “If we can dance together, we can live together.”

A wide array of caps, in many colors and each sporting the Folkmoot logo are available.

And to carry all your new shirts & hats – or take with you on shopping trips – we have tote bags.

Spread peace and understanding with a Folkmoot T-shirt!When Waynesville surgeon, Dr. Clinton Border, returned home after seeing a dance team at an English folk festival, he thought such a festival would be perfect for Western North Carolina, which had its own rich history of preserving its traditional culture.  It took from 1973, when Border made his trip, to 1984 before the first Folkmoot USA event took place.  That year, symbolic as it was also the year that North Carolina celebrated its 400th birthday, welcomed performers from England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Turkey, Mexico, Puerto Rico and India.  

In 2002, the Folkmoot Friendship Center leased the former Hazelwood Elementary School, thus giving it a home to expand its programming and activities.  In 2014, the Haywood County school system donated the school to the organization.  Now, this multi-faceted space has created an expanded opportunity for Folkmoot to move from a two week festival to a year-round cultural center, focusing on programs and events that celebrate diversity and differences, encourage cultural conversation and inclusion, and preserve and honor worldwide cultural heritages, especially using dance as a tool to achieve world peace.

Since these humble yet visionary beginnings in 1984, more than 8,000 international performers from 200 countries have entertained and thrilled residents and guests of Western North Carolina.