International Festival Day brings cultures together

By Megan Northcote | Jul 20, 2013
Photo by: Megan Northcote Performers from France take a break under the tent.

Aside from a few midday showers, festival goers and international performers enjoyed a day of dance, music, crafts, food and plenty of sunshine together at Haywood County Art Council's 2013 International Festival Day Saturday, July 20.

People packed Main Street in downtown Waynesville to wander through craft and food vendors from around the world, including Russian stacking dolls and African hats. Live music performances from each of the eight countries represented were held at the Courthouse stage and South Main Street stage throughout the day. The countries participating included: Mexico, Thailand, Slovakia, Japan, Canada, France and Martinique. Poland's late afternoon performance was the only one rained out.

Not to be outdone, Appalachia had their own set for performers —  the Ross Brothers, J. Creek Cloggers and the Art Council's Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. Plenty rocked out with the celtic rock band Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans, who performed twice at the courthouse stage in the afternoon.

To cool off, festival-goers with children headed to the Haywood County Arts Council Passport to the Arts area, where children had their passport stamped as they completed different hands-on crafts, from rain sticks to Japanese calligraphy, from around the world.