Springville World Folk­fest brings cul­tures to­geth­erPhoto


Folk dance groups from 11 coun­tries around the world were in Springville the week of July 25 through 30 as the World Folk­fest cel­e­brated its 30th year of opera- tion. The fes­ti­val of folk dance and music is one of the largest in the United States, and those at­tend­ing Span­ish Fork’s Fi­esta Days pa­rade on July 25 watched as more than 200 dancers walked and danced their way down the pa­rade route.

Evening per­for­mances be­gan July 25 and con­tin­ued through July 30 at the Spring Acres Arts Park in Springville. Each evening of­fered an en­er­getic and col­or­ful show as dancers and mu­si­cians cel­e­brated their cul­ture tra­di­tions and shared them with their au­di­ences.

Mon­go­lian throat singing was per­formed by the vis­i­tors from Mon­go­lia, and chil­dren from Korea showed off their skills in tra­di­tion- al Korean drum­ming. Other groups at­tend­ing rep­re­sented the coun­tries of Bo­livia, Bul­garia, Colom­bia, Czech Repub­lic, France, Ger­many, Nether­lands, Puerto Rico and Po- land.

By Christi C. Bab­bitt

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