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IFF 2021

A VIRTUAL Celebration

The region's longest standing family festival invites you to join our virtual celebration beginning Saturday, September 25th

Cultural communities come together each year to honor and celebrate our diverse cultural heritage as ONE COMMUNITY. The Arts Council continues to unify our community by sharing the artistic vibrancy of our heritage through our love for the ARTS!

Our virtual celebration does not fall short of the excitement... enjoy an amazing display of Cultural Music and Dance performances, along with International Cooking Segments by a variety of local cultural groups from around the world.

In addition, during 4th Friday on September 24th, as Cool Spring Downtown District takes off Around The World In 80 Minutes, patrons enjoying the downtown art experience can join the Arts Council as we unveil two amazing gallery displays to kick off the virtual International Folk Festival with a 16ft EarthBall and featured Unity Mural.

Cultural Entertainment

Virtual starts Saturday, Sept 25th thru Sept 30th.

Enjoy an electrifying virtual, behind-the-scenes tour of inspirational Cultural Music and Dance performances by various local cultural groups from around the world.

2021 performances include Scotland, USA (Street Dance), Philippines, Ireland, Colombia, Argentina, Hawaii, West Africa, Ukraine, and Mexico.

International Cooking Segments

Virtual starts Saturday, Sept 25th thru Sept 30.

Experience an amazing behind-the-scenes tour of the festival with a variety of virtual cooking segments featuring authentic International Cuisines inspired by traditional recipes from every corner of the world.

2021 cuisines inspired by Barbados, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Belize, and Ghana.

16' EarthBall

On 4th Friday, Sept 24th, tour Around The World In 80 Minutes. (In-Person)

The Arts Council explores the most visually authentic, photorealistic global view of our beloved planet, Earth. This cultural experience includes a Silent Sound-Off featuring music from around the world played through personal headsets.

On display in The Arts Center gallery at 301 Hay Street.

Unity Mural

On 4th Friday, Sept 24th, tour Around The World In 80 Minutes. (In-Person)

The Arts Council presents the Unity Mural, a unique and inspirational artpiece that celebrates our diverse cultural heritage as ONE COMMUNITY. Created by the talented, visual artistry of Marlon Thompson, the Unity Mural illustrates ‘togetherness’ by bridging the gap between art and community.

Unveiling on Friday, Sept 24th behind The Arts Center at 301 Hay Street off Maxwell Street.


Arts Council makes public health and safety its #1 PRIORITY with International Folk Festival cancellation.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County announces the cancellation of its 43rd Annual International Folk Festival powered by Piedmont Natural Gas originally slated for September 25th and 26th, 2021.

The Arts Council’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to cancel the event in its commitment to preserve public health and safety. Due to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Cumberland County, the Board determined that the risks and challenges of crowd management against exposure to COVID-19 outweighed the benefits of producing the event.

The Arts Council is truly grateful for the ongoing support of its members, staff, event partners, cultural groups, local leaders, and its devoted community who have made the International Folk Festival a tremendous success year after year.

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