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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Springville World Folkfest Runs July 30 - Aug 4


he small community of Springville hosts a big event every summer, when its Folkfest attracts dancers from around the world.

The 26th annual World Folkfest will run July 30th through Aug 4th, 2012, in Springville, Utah, USA. (Springville is located just south of Provo, about 50 miles from downtown Salt Lake City.)

The festival website has detailed information about the festival. Here are excerpts:

Folk dancers and musicians travel from countries around the world to attend the Springville Folkfest, which has grown to become one of the largest festivals of folk dance and music in the United States. Teams scheduled to perform this year will arrive from Austria, Catalonia (Spain), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, India, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. Local groups will include Morniing Star, Rocky Mountain Express, and Voice of Polynesia.

The Springville World Folkfest annually features approximately 250 performers dressed in the brilliantly colored costumes of their native lands. Each dance group brings a select group of musicians to provide live music for the dancing.

The Provo Herald has this article about the festival. Here's a quote:

And while the festival's food vendors, craft booths and traditional street dance always make for an enjoyable time, its laundry list of international dance ensembles will once again steal the spotlight at this year's event.

In fact, organizers this year have recruited talent from every continent outside of Australia and Antarctica, with local acts being joined by groups from Austria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, India, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Spain throughout the week.

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