moot galaWith a property deed to their headquarters in hand and more than 30 years of cultural performance already in the history books, Folkmoot USA will also be shifting a handful of its signature events around for this year’s festival.

Usually the Folkmoot “Gala Performance & Champagne Reception” private preview event for donors and sponsors was held at the Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley on a Thursday kicking off the festival, with the public “Grand Opening” at the same spot on Friday. Though the “Grand Opening” will now officially launch Folkmoot on Friday, July 18, the “Gala Performance & Champagne Reception” has been moved to Monday. July 21. 

“This year’s gala ever promises to be one of the best ever with the launching of the ‘Capital Campaign,’” said Dr. Rose Johnson, president of the Folkmoot USA Board of Directors. “[We’re] excited about providing this private performance and campaign reception in appreciation of Folkmoot’s longtime and new donors and sponsors to publicly launch the campaign.”



A day of performance, crafting and art put on by the Haywood County Arts Council, “International Festival Day” has now been renamed “ArtFest,” which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19 in downtown Waynesville.

“The name change to ArtFest is a rebranding of the event and may more closely align it with the arts council’s mission,” said Folkmoot USA Executive Director Karen Babcock. “Folkmoot has long enjoyed a partnership with the Haywood County Arts Council with our international performers as the some of the featured entertainers at this event for many years. I think because the arts council event occurs during Folkmoot, many people have given Folkmoot credit for all the work and revenue, which actually belongs to the arts council.”



Want to go?

The Folkmoot USA “Grand Opening” will be Friday, July 18. Tickets are $25 and $30 for adult reserved seating, $20 for adult general admission, and half-price for children under age 12. The “Gala Performance & Champagne Reception” will be Monday, July 21. It is a private event for Friends of Folkmoot ($150 and up support level), donors and sponsors. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley.

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