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Let’s Tour The World Together!... Arts Council’s International Folk Festival returning in-person

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – After a 2-year virtual hiatus, the most anticipated, longest running multicultural event in the region returns to an in-person festival bringing communities together to celebrate the richness of our diverse heritage as ONE COMMUNITY. The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) presents the 44th Annual International Folk Festival which will be held on Saturday, September 24th, and Sunday, September 25th, 2022, at Festival Park and Historic Downtown Fayetteville. The 2-day festival is free to attend.

The International Folk Festival showcases the awe-inspiring cultural artistry and cuisines of our nations while celebrating their heritage through our love and appreciation for the ARTS. Thousands of attendees will experience over 30+ cultural groups that are represented in the Parade of Nations, followed by an array of cultural festivities and exhibitions in the visual, performing, and culinary arts.

“We are BACK and stronger than ever! Our festival has always brought the community together to interact with different cultures and celebrate what makes us unique,” says Bob Pinson, Interim President and CEO of the Arts Council. “Our festival reminds us that we are stronger together and will accomplish more than we will ever do as individuals.”

Now in its 44th year, the International Folk Festival continues to impact the cultural arts sector throughout the region by providing quality, culturally enriched programming that serves as a platform for the most innovative and skillful visual and performing artists from around the world to connect with broader audiences and to display their talents across many disciplines and art forms.


International groups are strongly encouraged to participate. If you are interested in being a food, merchandise, or arts & crafts vendor, parade participant or float, performer, or general volunteer at The International Folk Festival, visit to submit an application or inquiry.

Deadline for applications and inquiries is Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

For inquiries regarding Festival Partnerships and Media, contact:

Christy McNeil

Director of Marketing

Download the official 2022 International Folk Festival Logo and Tagline:


The International Folk Festival is a production of the

Community Partners


About the Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, NC that supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the ARTS. As a primary steward of public and private funding for arts, cultural, and historical activities in the Cape Fear Region, all affiliated programs of the Arts Council exemplify our 5 core values: Excellence, Accountability, Transparency, Collaborations, and Innovation.

In the year 2021-22, the Arts Council distributed almost $1 million in grant funds and allocations to Cumberland County arts and culture non-profit organizations, artists, and municipalities.

Grants, programs, and services of the Arts Council are funded in part by contributions from community partners, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.


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