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Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
Bascom Lamar Lunsford founded the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. He saw the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival grow to be the oldest gathering of its kind in the nation and it continues in this way, a platform for the talented of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. Bascom Lunsford’s mission was to present the finest of the Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams for education and entertainment. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lunsford’s was the first dubbed a folk festival, and he later consulted with many communities across the country interested in organizing similar festivals.
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2015 Ticket Prices: Adults $22, Children (12 & under) $12
$17 Groups of 10 or more
Package for all three nights: Adults $54
(Packages can be purchased by calling Diana Wortham Theatre (828) 257-4530.)
The 89th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, takes place nightly Thursday through Saturday, August
4, 5, & 6. Tickets are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre at 828-257-4530 or click the ticket to buy on-line.
Introductions begin at 6:50 and shows begin at 7:00 pm nightly.
The Fiddler, 2002, watercolor on paper,
19 ¼ x 21 ¾ in.
© Folk Heritage Committee.
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