Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Folkmoot USA in Waynesville, North Carolina

Folkmoot USA, North Carolina's Official International Festival, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops by up to 350 performers from ten to twelve countries.

Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music. During its 26-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at Folkmoot USA.

Countries invited to perform in the 2010 Festival include: Russia, Latvia, UK (Irish step dancers), France, Switzerland, Peru, Jordan, Portugal and Poland.* The Folkmoot Festival features public performances at venues throughout Western North Carolina in the towns of Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Clyde, Highlands, Bryson City, Cullowhee, Asheville, Columbus, Burnsville, Marion, Mars Hill, Flat Rock, Stecoah and Franklin.

Other events held during the Festival include: Parade of Nations on July 23 and Folkmoot 5K Run/Walk and Kid's Fun Run on July 31. International Festival Day is also July 31--for information and vendor applications call Haywood County Arts Council, 828-452-9494 or see their website: http://www.haywoodarts.org/. All take place in Waynesville, NC.

Folkmoot USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through traditional dance and music.




While you're here for the festivities stay at your "home away from home in the mountains", Brookside Mountain Mist Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our unique, one-story, ranch-style Inn combines elegance and luxury with just a touch of rustic charm. Let us be "Your Smoky Mountain Escape"!

Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn


























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