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Weekend of Cultural Celebrations at the Arts Council’s 44th Annual International Folk Festival

Updated: Oct 20, 2022

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) releases an incredible lineup of awe-inspiring cultural artistry and cuisines for the Arts Council’s 44th Annual International Folk Festival this Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th, 2022, at Festival Park and Historic Downtown Fayetteville.

The most anticipated, longest running multicultural event in the region presents over 30+ Cultural Groups from every corner of the world that have gathered to celebrate the richness of our diverse heritage as ONE COMMUNITY. The free, 3-day event is jam-packed with cultural festivities and exhibitions in the visual, performing, and culinary arts.

“The Arts Council is honored to be able to gather over 30+ Cultural Groups to unite and celebrate their heritage through our love and appreciation for the ARTS,” says Bob Pinson, Interim President and CEO of the Arts Council. “Our festival continues to bring communities together to experience different cultures and embrace the differences that make us unique.”

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.

2022 Feature Line-up

4th Friday Fiesta Latina

Friday, Sept 23rd | 6pm-9pm | Downtown Fayetteville

Cool Spring Downtown District honors the Hispanic culture with the 4th Friday Fiesta Latina that celebrates diversity and inclusion through entertainment, food trucks, trolley rides, stores, restaurants, plus more than 50+ vendors.

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Faces of Colombia: The Invisible Communities

Works by Donna Slade

Friday, Sept 23rd | Opening Reception 6pm-9pm | The Arts Center

Heritage Exhibit Duration Sept 23 - Oct 29, 2022

As part of a volunteer peace delegation with Witness for Peace, Donna Slade traveled to Colombia, South America to capture a revealing account of how conditions under an oppressive government have created violence, displacement, and economic insecurity, particularly for Afro-Colombian and Indigenous people.

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Around The World Run

Saturday, Sept 24th | Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Registration 6:30am | Race 7:30am

Dedicated to the global mission of Civil Affairs Soldiers and their families, runners gather each year to raise funds for the FOCA Scholarship Fund that awards merit and needs-based scholarships to spouses and children.

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Parade of Nations

Saturday, Sept 24th | Downtown Fayetteville

Pre-Parade Showcase | 9am-10am

Parade of Nations | 10am-12n

The Pre-Parade Showcase features music and dance exhibitions by international and local groups and bands.

Catch the excitement at the Parade of Nations returning with an amazing line-up of over 30+ Cultural Groups from around the world giving an action-packed display of festive floats and performances in their vibrant traditional costumes.

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Cultural Groups include:

​Army Ground Forces Band