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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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Health/A-B Tech Conference Center, 340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC
28801, Free parking in the adjoining garage.
Conference Center Information: 828-398-7901.
2017 Ticket Prices: Adults $22, Children (12 and under) $12,
Students and groups of 10 or more $15, Adult Three-night Package $60
be purchased at Shindig on the Green July
1, 8, 15 or 22, 2017; at the door or
on-line by clicking the ticket here.
The Fiddler, 2002, watercolor on paper,
19 ¼ x 21 ¾ in.
© Folk Heritage Committee.
(click painting for more information)