We’re just getting started with Folkmoot 2018!
Oh yes! It’s been a huge opening weekend – Parade of Nations, Many Cultures Day, plenty of folk dance peformance – but, oh, we have a full week ahead of us, ranging all over Western North Carolina!
Folkmoot 2018 formally opened Thursday and runs through July 29 and will feature performing dance troupes from Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailand and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians.
Folkmoot will range from Hickory (today) to Franklin with Cherokee, Canton and Asheville in between.
And a special treat in Waynesville today: our Folkmoot Sunday Soirée will feature an evening of locally grown internationally themed delicacies, locally grown young musicians and our Festival Friendship Dinner!
The festive, informative, entertaining and delicious evening will begin at 5 p.m. on the Greenspace at Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville.
Ticket sales and contributions support Folkmoot programs which sustain cultural arts for youth & families in Haywood County. Parking is available in the back of the Folkmoot building for year-round events.
Celebrating our second year of the Sunday Soirée, all are invited to experience the foods of eight world cultures, presented by the chefs of the Blind Pig Supper Club with entertainment provided by regional youth celebrating cultural arts.
Performers will represent Appalachian, African, American Jazz and Cherokee cultures. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet and greet Folkmoot’s international performers over dessert!
Our regional performers will include: Appalachian fiddle princess Lillian Chase; the renown Tuscola High School Jazz Band & Percussion Ensemble; the Urban Arts Institute dance troupe, featuring African-American dance and award-winning Cherokee Vocalist, Dvdaya Swimmer.
Opening weekend video:
Here is the rest of our schedule for the week
TODAY: Hickory, North Carolina. Two performances, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Hosted by the Hickory International Council in the Drendel Auditorium (4 groups) *includes post-performance Cultural Conversations. Tickets will be available through the International Council & Drendel Auditorium when they are made available.
TODAY: Sunday Soirée, Waynesville, Folkmoot Greenspace, Folkmoot Center. An international friendship dinner, beginning at 5 p.m., featuring food from the Blind Pig Supper Club and conversations, entertainment by Western North Carolina youth cultural groups.
July 23: a free day for our performers. You might run into them anywhere exploring our beautiful Smoky Mountains!
July 24: Cherokee Ambassador’s Day, 3 p.m., Cherokee Central High School, Cherokee, North Carolina. The cost is $20 for adults, $5 for kids and it’s an extraordinary opportunity for our visiting performers to engage with and learn more about our region’s treasured Native American culture & history.
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.