r Host families are now being sought for the more than 250 international visitors traveling to Springville for the 2016 World Folkfest. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Folkfest, and dancers and musicians are expected to attend from countries including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Korea, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland and Puerto Rico. The 2016 Folkfest will be held July 25-30.
Each year, folk dance troupes from around the world travel to Springville for the Folkfest, which is a week-long festival of folk dance and music as well as cultural friendship and understanding. A series of evening performances are presented at the Spring Acres Arts Park, located at 620 S. 1350 East in Springville.
Housing these international guests is an outstanding opportunity to learn about another culture and make friends from around the world. Host families provide housing for at least two performers, transportation to and from practices, performances and other activities, most meals and a family connection during their guests’ stay in Utah. Host families (immediate household members only) are invited to attend each night’s World Folkfest performance free of charge. World Folkfest host families forge life-long friendships with their international guests.
The opening night of the Folkfest will be Tuesday, July 26. Shows will then continue nightly Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. At these performances, the public is invited to meet the international guests, experience cultural food, and shop at a variety of vendor booths. The gates will open nightly at 6 p.m. All countries will perform at every performance with a variety of dances and music performed throughout the week.
To sign up to host or obtain more information about hosting, contact Folkfest Housing Coordinator Elissa Caron Johnson at 801-787-6530. Welcome this year’s World Folkfest dancers and musicians as they participate in the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Grand Parade on Monday, July 25, at 9 a.m.