ASHEVILLE, NC – 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, parades and workshops by more than 350 performers from a dozen or so countries.
Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and beautiful music. During its 25-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at Folkmoot USA.
Countries expected to perform in 2009 include India, Serbia, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, Mexico, Kenya, Spain and Israel (updated 6/11/09). This year’s Folkmoot Festival takes place 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 and Franklin.
Be sure to see the Folkmoot Festival Parade of Nations on Friday, July 17 at 1 pm and enjoy crafts and entertainment at International Festival Day on Saturday, July 25 from 10 am – 5 pm. Both events take place in downtown Waynesville.
The Folkmoot 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run will take place on Saturday, July 18, at 8:00 am. Starting and ending at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, the 5K course is USATF Certified. Advance Registration: Adults $20; Children $8. Race Day Registration: Adults $25; Children $10. To register online, click on this link: http://www.setupevents.com To receive a registration form, call 828-452-2997 or stop by the Folkmoot Friendship Center. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. (Open Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm in June & July and Sunday, 12 – 4 pm in July only.