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Fun at Folkmoot

Three teams of entertainers from North Carolina’s Folkmoot USA Festival made their first appearance at an out-of-state venue, entertaining an audience of nearly 100 on Saturday evening at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.
Dressed in vivid native costumes, almost 50 dancers and instrumentalists from Burundi (Eastern Africa), Trinidad and Italy performed.
Jonesborough is the first venue outside of North Carolina to serve as a performance site for the Folkmoot Festival.
Folkmoot is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer, Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops by up to 350 performers from 10 to 12 countries.
The Folkmoot Festival celebrated 28 years during the 2011 event, held July 21-31. Alicia Phelps, Jonesborough’s director of tourism and marketing, said plans are already underway to have Folkmoot return to Jonesborough and other venues throughout Northeast Tennessee next year.