It’s a concert hall, a commercial kitchen and cafeteria, a dormitory, an event space – it’s the Folkmoot Center.
And it’s open for business – your event business
The Folkmoot Center is literally – or was for many years – a school house and today as Folkmoot Center it’s reborn as a 40,000-square-foot multi-faceted facility providing space for conferences, group retreats, weddings, educational seminars, concerts, banquets, holiday parties – just about any event one can imagine.
And, oh yea, it also serves as headquarters and home for 10 days each summer to North Carolina’s official international folk dance festival.
And be sure to attend our next Folkmoot event, our October 4 Southern Storyteller Suppers featuring the homespun mountain life of Ashley English and homesteading, living well off our mountain land, Appalachian nourishment of body and soul.
With 22 classrooms, a commercial kitchen, showers, laundry room, the Queen auditorium and a multipurpose room, Folkmoot has ample space for conferences, special event rentals and overnight accommodations for groups. Accommodations begin at $25/night. Minimum 10 overnight guests per group. Maximum 250 overnight guests.
Conference and event rentals are generally $50 – $70 an hour, but discount rates apply for full days and multi-day events.
Folkmoot can provide cafeteria services, entertainment, and transportation by request. To schedule a tour or to inquire about the availability of the Friendship Center, please call Laura Shepherd at 828-452-2997 ext 101.
For concert bookings in Queen Auditorium, please contact Angeline Schwab, 828-452-2997, ext 100.
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.
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.
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.