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Appalachia has long been appreciated as a reservoir of traditional culture. But every July, Folkmoot USA brings the world’s traditional cultures to Appalachia. Folkmoot USA, one of the world’s largest international folk dance festivals, is held in and around Waynesville, NC. Folkmoot is an Old English word meaning “meeting of the people,” and that surely is the goal of this festival. Over a hundred groups from about a hundred countries gather to share their culture and to teach their traditional musical folkways. The first festival was held in 1984. Each one begins with a Parade of Nations. In addition to daily performances, there are children’s activities, a one-day street festival, and a candlelight closing ceremony. To see the world in Appalachia, come to Waynesville in July.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Cecil Sharp In 1915 Cecil Sharp, an important collector of traditional English ballads, was informed that many Appalachian singers were singing old English songs ...
- Shape Notes
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- Cherokee Indian Fair Starting on the first Tuesday of October and ending the following Saturday, the Cherokee Indian Fair is an annual event one would not want to miss. After over ninety years, this fair has […]
- Mountain Dance and Folk Festival In 1928, Bascom Lamar Lunsford turned his vast knowledge of traditional music and his organizational skills to the creation of a local music festival. The Asheville Chamber of Commerce […]