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

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

[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


Native America

Guam/Marianas Islands

Puerto Rico

FSU Visiting International Students

UNC Pembroke


Caribbean American Connection



Latin Dance



Spice Islands (Caribbean)

















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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.

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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

Puerto Rico


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

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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.

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Electrifying cultural music, dance, and performance exhibitions fill the festival reflecting the diversity of our cultural identity through all genres of entertainment.

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Entertainment includes:

Magician Tain Collins

Native American Cultural Showcase

NC Brazilian Arts Project

Silver Drummer Girl

Colombian Takiri Group


Jef the Mime

Animatrixx Break Dancing

Balloon Twister

Airborne Aerialists

Musical Wanderer Alex Weiss


Africa Unplugged – Drum Ensemble

SERNC Poetry Showcase

Hawaii (Durham)

Fayetteville Latin Dance

Japan Martial Arts

Okinawa Drummers

Dreamville Dance Company

Hawaii (Fayetteville)

El Cardenal


Kenya Safari Acrobats

Phreedom Healing – Sound Healer


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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.

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Activities include:

Latino Storytelling w/ Alex Weiss

Jef the Mime & Balloon Twister

Japanese Storytelling w/ Yasu Ishida


Climbing Wall

Creative Face Painting

Phreedom Healing – Sound Healer

African Storytelling w/ April Turner

Magician Tain Collins

Photo w/ Special Characters

Youth Performances

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.

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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