From a Welsh word meaning a “meeting of the people,” Folkmoot unites cultures from around the world each year in Western North Carolina for a wealth of activities, live music, dance instruction and performances. For the organization’s 35th annual festival, groups from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Jamaica, Northern Cyprus and Thailand, as well as local Appalachian and Cherokee dancers and musicians, will gather in communities throughout the region from Thursday, July 19, to Sunday, July 29. Various permutations of the groups will perform over the 10-day celebration. Among the offerings involving all of the groups are the free Parade of Nations on Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. in downtown Waynesville, and ticketed shows at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, July 27, at 2 and 7 p.m. Check website for full schedule and pricing. folkmoot.org. Photo courtesy of Folkmoot
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