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September 22-24, 2017
Music and dance. Arts and crafts. Multiple performances ... and did we mention FOOD? In this community, the world is our neighborhood and the International Folk Festival is the stage where families, neighbors and visitors celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and cuisine that reside right here in Cumberland County.
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Everybody’s favorite trip around the world…for free! This year enjoy an international street dance, Parade of Nations, live performances, authentic cuisine, arts and crafts vendors and American Indian Showcase.
Friday, Sept.22 - Enjoy an International Street Dance featuring Asheville-based band Sirius.B. from 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23 - Parade of Nations beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24 - Cultural food, arts and craft vendors and performances fill Festival Park from noon - 6 p.m. daily.
Saturday, Sept. 23 - International touring group Mystic India will amaze on Festival Stage beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The strength of the festival is due, in large part, to the Cultural Groups who take such pride in representing their cultural heritage. Through parade participation, stage performances, arts and craft booths and participation in the International Café our neighbors welcome the entire community to experience their culture up-close.
From set-up to break down, behind the scenes and on stage, volunteers are needed throughout the festival planning and the event itself. Volunteer needs include welcoming visitors, selling drinks, assisting artists and vendors to keep everything moving safely and efficiently. Volunteer for just a few hours or help all day.
Everyone age 16 years and older is welcome (and needed!) to participate in this most exciting event! (Please note: if you are under 16 years old you may still participate, but you will need to be accompanied by an adult.)
Come be a part of the fun this year!
Sell your arts and crafts -- and have an opportunity to win prizes! For less than $100 you can take part in the largest celebration of arts and culture during the Arts Council's International Folk Festival. There will be a juried contest with cash awards totaling $1,000 for best original handmade art or craft items being sold. Exhibitors are encouraged to demonstrate their art or craft.