World Folk­fest cel­e­brates 30 years of folk dance

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The World Folk­fest in Springville, Utah, in­vites the pub­lic to join its 30th cel­e­bra­tion of world cul­tures, mu­sic and dance when vis­i­tors from around the globe pre­sent five evening per­for­mances July 26-30, 2016.

Folk dancers and mu­si­cians from Bo­livia, Bul­garia, Colom­bia, Czech Repub­lic, France, Ger­many, In­dia, Korea, Mongolia, the Nether­lands, Puerto Rico, Poland and the Repub­lic of Ge­or­gia are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the 2016 World Folk­fest. They will be joined by the Rocky Mountain Ex­press clog­ging team and the Na­tive Amer­i­can per­form­ing group Morn­ing Star, who will both rep­re­sent the United States, and Pacific Gen­er­a­tion, who will rep­re­sent the is­land cul­tures of the Pacific Ocean on the fi­nal night.

This year is the 30th an­niver­sary of the Folk­fest, which 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, the World Folk­fest an­nu­ally at­tracts tal­ented folk dance troupes from around the world to Springville where they show­case their cul­tures through the ex­cit­ing and vibrant medi­ums of folk dance and mu­sic.

The groups per­form their dances in beau­ti­fully crafted and au­then­tic cos­tumes Springville High School). The Arts Park of their home­land. Mu­si­cians travel with will open each night at 6 p.m. with a va­ri­ety the dancers to Springville to ac­com­pany of food and craft booths avail­able to the dances on unique, tra­di­tional folk in­stru­ments. au­di­ence mem­bers be­fore the show each The per­form­ers pay their own night. Pre-show en­ter­tain­ment will be­gin ex­penses to travel to the Folk­fest, em­pha­siz­ing at 6:45 p.m. Seat­ing is gen­eral ad­mis­sion; their ea­ger­ness to share their cul­tures some seat­ing is avail­able at the Arts Park, with the peo­ple of Utah. While here, but au­di­ence mem­bers can also bring their the per­form­ers stay with own lawn chairs or blan­kets to sit on. vol­un­teer host fam­i­lies in All groups at­tend­ing this year’s Folk­fest the Utah County area. will per­form dur­ing each evening per­for­mance,

“Af­ter 30 years I am giv­ing au­di­ences the op­por­tu­nity still im­pressed at the va­ri­ety to ex­pe­ri­ence cul­tures from around the and ex­cite­ment these world in just one night. in­ter­na­tional groups bring Ad­mis­sion is $ 10 for adults; $ 8 for to Springville. It is a won­der­ful stu­dents, mil­i­tary mem­bers and se­nior chance to see and cit­i­zens; $ 5 for chil­dren ages 3 to 12; feel in­ter­na­tional culture and free for chil­dren un­der 3. Groups at its best,” said Lynn Elliott, of 10 or more may pur­chase tick­ets for chair­man of the World $ 6 each. A fam­ily pass ( up to two adults Folk­fest Board of Di­rec­tors. and four chil­dren) is avail­able for $ 30.

Folk­fest per­for­mances Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at www. will be pre­sented be­gin­ning world­folk­fest. com or at the gate with a Tues­day, July 26, credit card or cash on the night of the and con­tin­u­ing each night per­for­mance. through Satur­day, July 30. For those who don’t want to miss a Per­for­mances will at 7:30 minute of this year’s Folk­fest, World p.m. at the Spring Acres Pass­port passes are avail­able for $30 per Arts Park out­door am­phithe­ater, person. This pass will al­low the bearer to 620 S. 1350 East, at­tend ev­ery per­for­mance dur­ing Folk­fest Springville, Utah (next to week. Many groups do dif­fer­ent dances on each night of the Folk­fest and bring a va­ri­ety of cos­tumes, mak­ing each evening per­for­mance unique. Au­di­ence mem­bers are guar­an­teed to see some­thing dif­fer­ent and new ev­ery night.

Be­cause Mon­day, July 25, is a state hol­i­day, the Folk­fest Street Dance tra­di­tion­ally held on the Mon­day of Folk­fest week will not be held this year. In­stead, the Folk­fest dancers and mu­si­cians will ap­pear in the Span­ish Fork Fi­esta Days Grand Pa­rade, which will be­gin at 9 a.m. on July 25 and travel down Span­ish Fork’s Cen­ter and Main Streets.

Also, the pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend free af­ter-party dances on the fes­ti­val stage on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day, July 27, 28 and 29, af­ter the evening per­for­mances.

Host fam­i­lies are cur­rently be­ing sought to house from two to four dancers dur­ing the week of the Folk­fest. Host fam­i­lies are asked to pro­vide room, board and trans­porta­tion to Folk­fest events for their in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors. This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand an­other culture and to share the culture of the USA with their guests. For in­for­ma­tion on be­com­ing a host fam­ily or to sign up, con­tact Folk­fest Hous­ing Co­or­di­na­tor Elissa Caron John­son at 801-787- 6530.

Dancers from many na­tions pose for a pic­ture be­fore a per­for­mance at the 2015 World Folk­fest in Springville. This year’s Folk­fest will held July 26-30.

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