Each year international ensembles submit applications to the World Folkfest in hopes of being selected by our Board of Directors to participate in this well known and globally respected festival. Only 5-7 of the internationally-based dance and music groups are selected to make the journey to Utah to participate and join the ranks as World Folkfest alumni, to proudly represent their country's traditions, adding to the global diversity and rich cultures presented on our World Folkfest stage.
In addition to our International ensembles, the World Folkfest also welcomes many Utah based, cultural dance teams to our pre-shows where they represent our local talent and the diverse cultures that call Utah home, creating a glorious and unique yearly performing cast, consisting of hundreds who speak the universal language of music and dance, truly creating; One World on One Stage.
Since our founding in 1986, the World Folkfest has achieved a feat that many thought impossible by welcoming performers from over 45 different countries. In spite of the countless global and political changes the World Folkfest has continued on our steady course, providing a stage where politics, religion, and languages fade and all that is left is the heart and soul of the dancers who come from all corners of the world to perform and share their love for culture and the unwritten histories, traditions, and heritage passed down from generation to generation.
Aside from the performers, thousands of spectators attend the World Folkfest each year, making this festival a tradition, not to be missed. "There is a spirit of love here." One audience member remarked. "This festival makes you believe that world peace truly is possible." Another attendee wrote. Traveling far and wide people have enjoyed the coming together in unity of the human spirit and the remarkable ability to put aside all differences and celebrate the love we share for diversity and friendship. Every year, word spreads and the festival does too. We are excited to see what's in store for the years to come and are excited for our performance this year in 2020!