Hickory – Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops by up to 300 performers from eight to nine countries.

Folkmoot dancers from Mexico, Italy, Northern Cyprus, and Thailand will travel to Hickory for a one day only performance on Sunday, July 22, at 2pm. Hosted by the Hickory International Council, the location is Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block. Buy tickets online at www.eventbrite.com.

Outlets for ticket in Hickory are Taste Full Beans, 29 2nd Street NW and United Arts Council 243 3rd Ave. NE. Also, for will call tickets, call (828) 326-0256. Tickets are: General Admission $10, Children (12 years & under) Free.

The Hickory Performance is presented by TSH Charitable Trust.

Other local sponsors: City of Hickory, Alex Lee, Beaver Family Foundation, Enterprise Fleet Management, Klingspor, United Arts Council of Catawba County, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Pepsi of Hickory, Frye Regional Medical Center, Commscope, Piedmont Pathology, and Schwab Charitable.

For additional ticket sales or more information about Folkmoot, please contact ticket chairperson, Hani Nassar at hmnassar@gmail.com. For full information on Folkmoot, go to www.folkmoot.org.

About Folkmoot: Our vision is to repurpose the historic Hazelwood School, the “Folkmoot Friendship Center” into a multi-stakeholder, year-round resource for arts and cultural engagement, educational enrichment, creative entrepreneurship and community development. We envision a community that welcomes diversity, celebrates multiculturalism, embraces creativity and participates wholeheartedly in the activities that connect us.

Folkmoot USA is a 501(c)[3] nonprofit organization. Donations are generally deductible minus the face value of tickets and cost of advertising.

Please consult your attorney or accountant on how to maximize the deductibility of your specific gift.

Photo: A Folkmoot performer from a past Festival