“When we dance in the streets, we dance together, regardless of color, race, status, enjoying ourselves and sharing a love for great music, food and fun!”
– Trinidad poet
The 37th International Folk Festival is presented by the Arts Council
and was sponsored in part by The Fayetteville Observer and other fine sponsors
(Scroll down for all of this past year’s generous partners.)
Travel around the world in one weekend — without even leaving downtown Fayetteville! Celebrate our community’s cultural diversity with music and dance, arts and crafts and international food.
Welcome to the neighborhood! Click here for 2014 Festival Map Click here for Festival Street Closures
Want to know who’s on stage? Click here for full performance schedule
36th International Folk Festival schedule:
Friday, Sept. 26
4th Friday, Downtown Fayetteville
Arts Council building (301 Hay St.), 7 to 9 p.m.
Folks of all ages get a taste of Fayetteville’s arts and cultural offerings, from gallery openings to artist performances.
Saturday, Sept. 27
Parade of Nations, Hay Street, 10:30 a.m.
See all the pageantry and customs of our diverse community during the Parade of Nations
Festival Park, Noon to 6 p.m.
Live performances on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, Native American Cultural Showcase
Festival Park, Main Stage, 5:15 p.m.
Featured internationally acclaimed Malaysian singer/songwriter YUNA ! This performance is presented in partnership with Fayetteville State University.
Sunday, Sept. 28
Festival Park, Noon to 6 p.m.
The fun continues with live performances on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, unique arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, Native American Cultural Showcase.
Festival Park, Festival Stage, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Performances by Spam Allstars , a nationally known Hip hop, Latin, funk, and electronica band from Miami, Florida. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
History of the Folk Festival:
Fayetteville has a rich and long history of celebrating its multicultural population. Years ago, a group of forward thinking citizens got together to create the International Folk Festival as a celebration of our diversity. Now approaching its 36th year, the International Folk Festival has become a weekend-long celebration.
The International Folk Festival was created to celebrate the richness of the diverse cultural roots of our community. By showcasing historic artistic customs and traditions of a culture, the festival strives to foster an appreciation of our diversity while preserving the historical and traditional art forms that infuse a culture with its specific identity. The purpose and scope of the festival is to present the arts and creative expression of all of our community’s ethnic and cultural groups with a professional approach. Click here for complete information on the festival’s mission and participation requirements.
The festival is FREE, thanks to these sponsors (Click on logos to learn more about the sponsors. Be sure to thank them for their generous support!):
Children’s area supported by:
The CarMax Foundation
If you are interested in corporate sponsorship of the 36th International Folk Festival, contact Anne Rawson, the Arts Council’s Community Investments Director, at (910) 323-1776 or email@example.com.