On July 28, the World Folkfest begins again and the turnout this summer is anticipated to be stronger than it has been for the past five years.

Because of airline and other travel restrictions and increasing costs since the tragedy of 9-11, the Folkfest has had issues with drawing the international community. This year, however, the response has been much more positive. Groups representing more countries will be holding performances, including professionals from Hungary, Mexico, Korea, Belgium and Nepal. Adding to the experience are vendors offering ethnic foods, clothing and jewelry. The energetic, colorful performances draw both amateur and professional photographers, as well as couples on dates and families on outings.

World Folkfest organizers who have been involved with the project since 1986 are excited for this year’s event. They have watched the fest grow from its humble beginnings on a plywood stage on a baseball diamond to one of the largest festivals in the country highlighting international folk music and dance. Board members as well as volunteers have been instrumental in its success, and they hope that with the support of the community, the World Folkfest will grace the stages of the Springville Arts Park for years to come.


What: Springville World Folkfest

When: July 28 to August 1 from 7:15-10:12 p.m.

TBA: Two evening “after parties” for the public to mingle with performers.

Where: Spring Acres Arts Park, 620 South 1350 East, Springville

Price: $4-$8, purchased at the gate beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the event.

For more information and a coupon for a dollar off admission, visit www.worldfolkfest.com