Support your local Folkmoot!
It’s really that simple: support your local Folkmoot with your generous contributions – of money of course, but also of time, talent & energy!
With the Folkmoot 2018 festival just over two months away we can – to be very honest – use all the help we can get!
Financial contributions are welcome here. Sign up to be a festival volunteer here. Or stop by the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville, and chat with our friendly staff to see where you might best fit in!
And here’s an idea you may not have considered before: Facebook users (and so many of us are, these days) can raise money on our own, among our friends, and have the money come directly to Folkmook by creating a special Facebook Fundraiser especially for Folkmoot! Click on the Facebook Fundraiser link to discover how easy that can be. Read more here about fundraising through Facebook.
Folkmoot 2018 opens July 19 and runs through July 29 and will feature performing dance troupes from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailland and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians.
We’re grateful that over our 35 year history, Folkmoot has become Haywood County’s premier summer festival, North Carolina’s official international folk festival and one of the Southeastern United State’s biggest events, drawing thousands of visitors and attention to our beloved Smoky Mountains.
None of this could have happened – nor continue to happen – without the generous support of our friends, family and Haywood County neighbors.
A Danish visitor stopped by the Folkmoot Friendship Center recently. He was wondering why a small North Carolina mountain town would have a “folkmoot,” a gathering of the people. He said folkmoots in Denmark were established to put a community’s needs above ideological beliefs, so that the people in the community were connected and cared for. He was impressed that we practice this tradition: one where friends, neighbors and families assemble in fellowship to share folk dance and cultural heritage. His visit was a refreshing reminder of why we do this work.
Folkmoot brings our community together. Both young and old look forward to the last two weeks in July – the opportunities to enjoy the diversity of many cultures and the coming together of one peaceful world in Western North Carolina. The Festival is a source of pride as we marvel at the unique experience we have helped create as Friends of Folkmoot.
What do we need to continue this proud tradition? Your support.
Housing, feeding and transporting 250 dancers and musicians is an expensive proposition. Grants and government funding are scarce. Ticket sales are just not enough. Folkmoot needs your generous donation to bridge the gap. To adequately fund the Festival this year, we need the help of every Friend. While all contributions are much appreciated, we ask you to join us in becoming a Century Club member by making an annual contribution of $1,000.00, which is just $85.00 per month. Also notice that you receive tickets to year-round programs at this level.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to Friends of Folkmoot today. Folkmoot appreciates your past support and thanks you for your continued investment in the Folkmoot community.
Folkmoot’s work all year long
With help from grantors and funds from increasing ticket sales, Folkmoot has produced 10 Friendship Dinners, including Eritrean, Serbian, Indian, Lunar New Year (5 countries), Scottish, German, African (6 countries), Russian and Cherokee events.
Through a partnership with Western Carolina University faculty, Folkmoot’s educational programs have featured international language experts, professors of global politics, race and ethnicity,arts and culture.
Cultural Conversations initiatives launched in 2017 with twelve participating regional leaders; Folkmoot is in the process of initiating Youth Leadership in Diversity: Cultural Conversations in the Schools.
Folkmoot has grown our audience with new programs to include year-round and seasonal residents, youth and families, international families, community associations, businesses and
Through partnership with the Haywood County Library, Blue Ridge Books and Western Carolina University, Folkmoot has launched the Southern Storytellers Supper Series exploring
untold stories of regional culture and Cultural Crash Courses, a deep dive into global politics that we all see and are sometimes confounded by in the news.
Year-round programs have attracted approximately 4,000 particpants to the Friendship Center.
Folkmoot has diversified festival performances to include musical ensembles, storytellers, contemporary folk culturefeaturing out-of-the-ordinary intangible cultural heritage groups
and activities for all ages.
The festival includes several new events including Many Cultures Day, Cultural Conversations, Community Friendship Dinners, Camp Folkmoot, Cherokee Ambassador’s Day and the BearWaters Brewery After Party. Folkmoot also maintains all operations of International
Folkmoot hosts an annual training before the festival for high-school and college students to prepare them to serve as guides for international groups. Topics include: global politics, cultural communications, teamwork, leadership, festival operations, stage management, emergency response, conflict resolution and inclusivity.
Folkmoot receives more than 300 international group applications to participate in the festival. This number grows each year and we attribute this to global participation on social media.
Friendship Center expansion
With the help of the Haywood County Sheriff’s office, Folkmoot works with inmates who wish to do public service and who want on-the-job experience. These crews have accomplished painting, patching and repair work at the Center.
Folkmoot donors have supported the costs of repairs including re-roofing building A, replacing broken windows and inoperable toilets, fixing damaged pipes and replacing water damaged ceiling tiles, and painting and replastering classrooms.
The Cafeteria and commercial kitchen spaces have undergone several upgrades, including the purchase of a new dishwasher, refrigerators, pots and pans, and tableware. These upgrades have made the kitchen compliant with commercial standards that allow Folkmoot to rent the kitchen to food trucks and caterers.
Through a generous donation from Rolf Kaufman, Folkmoot added a deck on the back of the center for group and communityhospitality.
Gas lines were installed to provide heating and cooling options for the Queen Auditorium and Multipurpose Room. This improvement lowered Folkmoot’s heating and cooling bills by thousands of dollars each year.
Floors have been refurbished throughout much of the building. With the help of Eagle Scout, Stephen Wenzel, Folkmoot added ADA ramps in the front and back doors of Building B. This improvement makes Folkmoot more accessible to the community.
With help of Haywood Community College landscaping students, Folkmoot has improved the grounds around the building.
With the assistance of North Carolina State University students, Folkmoot added a large globe pendent at the front entrance of the building.
The Mountain Heritage Center has partnered to develop educational niches in the Queen Auditorium. With assistance from donors, Folkmoot added a mezzanine and improved electrical inthis public space.
All of these improvements helped to make the Center available to community groups more than 30 times in the last two years.