Updated: Mar 1
[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.
For more information, visit visitdowntownfayetteville.com/events/7672/.
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.
For more information, visit WeAreTheARTS.com/colombia.
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.
For more information, visit runsignup.com/Race/NC/Fayetteville/AroundtheWorldRun.
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.
For more information, visit WeAreTheARTS.com/parade.
Cultural Groups include:
General Festival Features
Saturday, Sept 24th & Sunday, Sept 25th
12n-7p | Festival Park
Experience exquisite and authentic international cuisines that are inspired by traditional recipes from every corner of the world.
For more information, visit WeAreTheARTS.com/cuisine.
International Cuisine Vendors include:
India: Dosa on Wheels
Peru: Peruvian Club of Fayetteville
France: France Heritage Club
India: Indian Temple
Latino: II Lions FC Foundation
Grenada: Caribbean Islanders NC
Haiti: Fusion Grill LLC
Jamaica: Friends of Jamaica
Mexico: Mexican Cultural Association
Native America: Hawke's Medicine Wheel
Belize: Belizean Connection of Fayetteville
Liberia: Theresa nah education Foundation
Okinawa: Fayetteville Okinawa Kenjinkai
Ghana: Ghana Association of Fayetteville
Philippine: Philippine American Club of Fayetteville
Caribbean: Caribbean Connections
Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan Friendship Organization
The festival flourishes with juried art vendors and unique cultural art & crafts created by skilled artisans showcasing their diverse creativity in ceramics, drawings, glass, jewelry, metalwork, fabrics, photography, sculptures, and more.
For more information, visit WeAreTheARTS.com/artsmarket.
Electrifying cultural music, dance, and performance exhibitions fill the festival reflecting the diversity of our cultural identity through all genres of entertainment.
For more information, visit WeAreTheARTS.com/entertain.
Magician Tain Collins
Native American Cultural Showcase
NC Brazilian Arts Project
Silver Drummer Girl
Colombian Takiri Group
Jef the Mime
Animatrixx Break Dancing
Musical Wanderer Alex Weiss
Africa Unplugged – Drum Ensemble
SERNC Poetry Showcase
Fayetteville Latin Dance
Japan Martial Arts
Dreamville Dance Company
Kenya Safari Acrobats
Phreedom Healing – Sound Healer
Run! Play! Skip! Jump! And best of all… CREATE! Join us for two fun-filled days of celebrating the artistic expressions of our youth through cultural activities, arts & crafts, character appearances, international storytelling, music, dance, and more.
For more information, visit WeAreTheARTS.com/wow.
Latino Storytelling w/ Alex Weiss
Jef the Mime & Balloon Twister
Japanese Storytelling w/ Yasu Ishida
Creative Face Painting
Phreedom Healing – Sound Healer
African Storytelling w/ April Turner
Magician Tain Collins
Photo w/ Special Characters
Cultural Arts & Crafts
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Interested in being an Event Partner for the 2023 International Folk Festival, contact
Christy McNeil, Director of Marketing
The International Folk Festival is a production of the
2022 Event 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. theartscouncil.com
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. ncarts.org