Tuesday is Cherokee & Canton for Folkmoot 2018!
After a day of rest and play on Monday for our visiting Folkmoot dancers – much needed after a raucous and wonderful opening weekend – festival performances resume Tuesday in Cherokee and Canton.
Cherokee is always a fascinating place for visiting Folkmoot performers!
The town of Cherokee and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians always draw the particular interest of our international dance troupes.
And for good reason, of course.
The story of the Cherokee people is both tragic and triumphant. Tsalagi history, heritage, legends and traditions are Smoky Mountain treasures more valuable than the gems once plentiful in these ancient peaks. It is rare, indeed, for international dancers to arrive without a thirst for more knowledge and understanding about First Nation people of America.
As an added element in this 2018 festival, at least 10 members of our visiting Le Ragazze Italiane dance troupe of Canada are also members of the Canadian Métis (pronounced, “maytee”) First Nation people.
Folkmoot 2018 runs through July 29 and will feature performing dance troupes from Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailland and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians.
Along with culture and musical and dance traditions from around the world, Folkmoot takes pride in and likes to also celebrate the unique culture of our own Smoky Mountains, part of the greater Blue Ridge, the land known to Tsalagi as Shaconage, the land of the blue smoke.
Historic Colonial Theater in Canton
As is a tradition with every Folkmoot Festival, Haywood County’s historic mill town is a must-stop on the festival tour and 2018 will be no exception.
The rest of the week!
July 25: Waynesville, North Carolina – Tranquility Farm Fundraiser, 6 p.m. (call 828.452.2997 for details, tickets.)
July 25: Maggie Valley Welcome Wagon, Maggie Valley, North Carolina – Elevated Mountain Distilling Company. 7 p.m. A very special and intimate performance by three to four of our visiting dance troupes.
July 26: Folkmoot Center. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Hazelwood Neighborhood Hospitality. Meet & Greet with Performers.
July 28: International Festival Day – Downtown Waynesville, North Carolina. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another free and public event, a wonderful day of celebrating international friendships and cultural exchange!
July 28: Performance of all groups at Haywood Community College, 7 p.m.
July 29: Candlelight Closing, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. A rich, colorful & emotional last festival performance filled with tradition, joys and even a few tears!
Please call 828-452-2997 for more information about Folkmoot 2018!
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We look forward to seeing and re-sharing all your Folkmoot experiences. Help us find what you post by using hashtags, #Folkmoot or #Folkmoot2018.
Our Folkmoot Facebook Page has long had an active and growing community – now over 5,000 friends! Many of you visit and engage with it often – and we’re grateful for that.
The Folkmoot Instagram is always very active, too! (Plenty of visiting performers post photos.)
The Folkmoot YouTube channel is evolving, getting up-to-speed and timely.
We’re just continuing the grand Folkmoot party online and we invite you to join us on any or all of the social channels with which you engage most!
Again, we invite you share your Folkmoot experience online – on the social channels you use most (or, maybe even, discover new ones). Please use the hashtags, #Folkmoot and #Folkmoot2018, when sharing. We will try our best to keep up and repost, share whatever you post online.