Folkmoot USA Festival Group Application Form
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We can no longer accept application for 2017, except in case of an unexpected cancellation on the part of a previously invited group. Below is the information you will need to apply for the 2018 festival.

Once this application has been received and reviewed, a Folkmoot representative will email Conditions of Participation. All applications will be reviewed by Folkmoot USA Group Relations Committee (GRC). Applicants may be asked to provide further information before the GRC can determine eligibility.

Please select your year of interest *
What is your home country? *
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What is your group's name? *
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What traditions, culture or recognized minorities does your group represent? *
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Is your group a member of your country’s CIOFF® National Section? *
If not, is your group a member of another international organization?
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Please state approximate number of persons who will travel with your group, if invited, including dancers, musicians, director & staff. *
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What is your group director's email address? *
If there is a more preferred way to contact him or her please provide that information.
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What is your group director's name
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What is the best postal address for your group? *
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Please provide at least one video link of your group performing *
This can either be a link or instructions on how to find the video online.
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Please email a photo of your group to
Please email a live action photo of your group to
Please list any website addresses, hosted by your group: Personal Website, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Google-plus, etc., please provide any links.
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Has your group attended any other international dance festivals? If so, please provide a list.
If so, please provide a list of the festival names, country and year attended
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Does your group have the available funds to pay for travel to either Asheville, NC Regional Airport, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta, GA International Airport or Charlotte, NC Douglas International Airport or in the United States including all costs related to Visas? *
Folkmoot is responsible for housing, meals and transportation to and from one of the designated airports of arrival
Please check the box below to acknowledge you have read the following notification, below: *
The Folkmoot International Folk Dance Festival occurs the last two weeks of July every year. Groups will be chosen by December of the year before each festival. Folkmoot is located in Waynesville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Folkmoot USA, a CIOFF® Organization festival, has been designated by the Legislature and Governor of our State as “The Official International Festival of North Carolina.” Visitors from all across the United States attend the festival. Folkmoot takes great pride in being a festival of peace and friendship that hosts high quality folk dance groups and live musicians. All group members should be at least 16 years old, except when it has been specifically agreed that more youthful performers are being invited. Folkmoot insists live music from all groups, this requirement is not negotiable. Folkmoot USA will provide housing, transportation and food during the festival. All normal CIOFF® conditions will be met. Groups are housed hostel-style with approximately fifteen persons per room (males and females in separate rooms) in the Folkmoot Friendship Center, formerly the Hazelwood School. Four meals a day are served in the center’s cafeteria where all groups enjoy fellowship together. The final meal of the day, served after the group's return from evening performances, is known as a “Late Nighter.” Each group is assigned as a Late Niter host one evening during the Festival, giving them the opportunity to provide entertainment, prepare cultural food and beverages, teach dances, or organize games for fellow performers from other countries, as well as for Folkmoot staff and volunteers. Parades in which all groups participate, take place in Waynesville, Franklin and Asheville, during the festival. Each group is allowed one full day (or two half days) without performance commitment, in order to give them time to rest and/or to visit interesting sites in our area. After application materials are received, our Group Relations Committee will review the material and make a decision as to whether your group will be issued an invitation to participate in Folkmoot USA. Validity of invitations is subject to the award of non-immigrant US Visas to all group members, except for citizens of countries that are eligible under the US Visa Waiver Program. Groups are responsible for all costs associated with the award of US Visas if required. Thank you for your interest in Folkmoot USA. We look forward to receiving your group’s information and we welcome any questions you may have.
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