See the world in one night at the Springville World Folk­fest

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The World Folk­fest in Springville, Utah, in­vites the public to join its cel­e­bra­tion of world cul­tures, mu­sic and dance when visi­tors from around the globe present five evening per­for­mances July 27-Aug. 1, 2015.

Folk dancers and mu­si­cians from Bel­gium, Chile, Colom­bia, Ge­or­gia, Gu­atemala, In­dia, In­done­sia, Latvia, Lithua­nia, Nepal, Peru, Poland and Tai­wan are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the 2015 World Folk­fest. They will be joined by Na­tive Amer­i­can per­form­ing group Morn­ing Star, which will rep­re­sent the United States. The week-long fes­ti­val will also in­clude a free street dance on Mon­day, July 27, where the public can learn sim­ple folk dances from the Folk­fest’s in­ter­na­tional visi­tors with ac­com­pa­ni­ment by live mu­si­cians.

With its first per­for­mances held in 1986, the World Folk­fest has grown to be­come one of the most prom­i­nent fes­ti­vals of folk dance and mu­sic in the United States. In the tra­di­tion of pop­u­lar Euro­pean folk dance fes­ti­vals that at­tract thou­sands of visi­tors, the World Folk­fest an­nu­ally in­vites tal­ented folk dance troupes from around the world to travel to Springville and show­case their cul­tures through the ex­cit­ing and vi­brant medium of folk dance.

The groups per­form in beau­ti­fully crafted cos­tumes of their home­land and to mu­sic pro­vided by live mu­si­cians play­ing unique tra­di­tional in­stru­ments. The per­form­ers pay their own ex­penses to travel to the Folk­fest, un­der­lin­ing their ea­ger­ness to share their cul­tures with the peo­ple of Utah. While here, the per­form­ers stay with vol­un­teer host fam­i­lies in the Utah County area, pro­vid­ing lo­cal fam­i­lies

with a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence another cul­ture first-hand.

All groups at­tend­ing this year’s Folk­fest will per­form dur­ing each evening per­for­mance, giv­ing au­di­ences a trip around the world in one night.

Per­for­mances will be­gin at 7:30 p.m. on July 28, 29, 30 and 31 and Aug. 1 at the Spring Acres Arts Park out­door am­phithe­ater, 620 S. 1350 East, Springville, Utah. Prior to per­for­mances, there will be a va­ri­ety of food and craft booths avail­able to au­di­ence mem­ber as well as pre-show en­ter­tain­ment. Some seat­ing is avail­able at the Arts Park, but au­di­ence mem­bers can also bring their own lawn chairs or blan­kets to sit on.

Ad­mis­sion is $10 for adults; $8 for stu­dents, mil­i­tary mem­bers and se­nior cit­i­zens; $5 for chil­dren ages 3 to 12; and free for chil­dren un­der 3. Groups of 10 or more may pur­chase tick­ets for $6 each. A fam­ily pass is avail­able for $30. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the gate with a credit card or cash on the night of the per­for­mance. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.world­folk­fest.com.

Folk dancers and mu­si­cians from around the world will travel to Springville in July to per­form dur­ing the Springville World Folk­fest, a week-long cel­e­bra­tion of var­i­ous cul­tures through mu­sic and dance.

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