Celebrate World Cultures at International Festival Day in Waynesville, NC – July 21, 2012

The Haywood County Arts Council announces International Festival Day on a new date in 2012 – Saturday, July 21 from 10am until 5pm in historic downtown Waynesville, NC. International Festival Day is the highlight of regional performances by international folk dancers and musicians from Folkmoot USA which take place July 19-July 29, 2012. Visit (www.folkmootusa.org) for the complete regional performance schedule.

On July 21st downtown Waynesville will be teeming with over one hundred artists, craftsmen, and international guests selling a wide range of art and craft. Art lovers can browse booths filled with handcrafted items and even catch a demonstration or two by artisans including flame workers, potters, and woodworkers. From Russian nesting dolls and Vietnamese embroidery to Seagrove pottery and traditional Appalachian baskets, feativalgoers will find treasures at every stop.

The international festivities also include food courts at each end of Main Street featuring a delicious variety of choices including Greek gyros, Asian spring rolls, French crepes, beignets, Caribbean Shawarmas, Fajitas, and – a North Carolina staple – pulled pork barbeque.

The Passport to the Arts children’s area, located in the United Community Bank parking lot, issues “passports” to expedite “travel” for youngsters to countries like Austria, Togo, Ecuador, and Japan where they create crafts unique to the country. Examples of crafts include rain sticks, abstract inkblots, fiesta Headdresses, finger knitting, origami, and more.

International Festival Day’s scheduled entertainment includes the Celtic Rock group, Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans, international dancers and musicians from Folkmoot USA, student performers from the Haywood County Arts Council’s Junior Appalachian Musicians program, the Smoky Mountain Stompers, Honey Holler, Appalachian dance and music, plus more. The lively cultural exchange takes place at staging areas near the old Courthouse and just beyond Town Hall at opposite ends of Main Street. Performers move along the street and present impromptu performances throughout the day.

International Festival Day is a family event for all ages. Whether you’re an art lover browsing booths of jewelry, paintings, photography, and woodwork; a child traveling the world at Passport to the Arts; or a family out to enjoy international food, dance, and music in the mountains, you will experience one of the finest festivals in the southeast.

International Festival Day is funded in part by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, 1-800-334-9036, (www.VisitNCSmokies.com) and by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For more information about International Festival Day and other arts events and programming, visit the Haywood County Arts Council web site at (www.haywoodarts.org) or call the Arts Council at 828/452-0593. For ticket information about Folkmoot USA performances in western North Carolina during July visit the web site at (www.folkmootusa.org), call 828/452-2997 or call toll free 1-877/FOLK-USA.

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