The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host Folkmoot USA, an international folk festival, on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $20-$25, and students are half price.
Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, 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 a dozen countries.
Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music. Four different groups will be performing at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and audience members are sure to be both entertained and educated by this production.
The first Folkmoot USA festival was held in 1984, a date coinciding with North Carolina’s 400th birthday celebration. Nine countries were represented that first year, including England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Turkey, Mexico, Puerto Rico and India. Now, 26 years later, more than 200 groups from 100 different countries have attended the festival. In keeping with festival policy, an entirely new program of performers is offered each year.
To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, go to GreatMountainMusic. com or call (866)273.4615.