Plans are currently underway for International FolkFest 2010! Scheduled for June 13–20, 2010, International FolkFest promises to be a week of excitement and education. Throughout the week, international groups will perform for area schools, youth and senior citizen organizations and for civic clubs.
The festival, which began in 1982, was responsible for bringing musical and dance groups from over 50 countries to Rutherford County. Some of the countries that have visited the community are Austria, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, England, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Sicily, Thailand and Yugoslavia. After the festival ended in 1997, there was an increasing interest in reviving this celebration of international heritage and music. The festival was reintroduced to downtown Murfreesboro in 2004, with groups from Finland, France and Mexico performing.
The festival is being coordinated by the International Folkloric Society (IFS). IFS is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and preserve international cultural heritage with a primary focus on the arts. Formed in 1986, IFS has played a large role in sending traditional Appalachian dancers and musicians to festivals all over the world. Likewise, IFS has made it possible for overseas performers to bring their talents and heritage to our local communities
In order to maintain foreign relationships, it is the policy of IFS to keep the expenses of international guests to a minimum. Upon arrival in the community, IFS ensures that all food, lodging and transportation are provided to performers (excluding international airfare). In the past, IFS has relied heavily on the assistance of government grants to help cover the expenses of bringing foreign groups to the community. However, IFS is now looking for the opportunity to bring a much larger scale event directly to Murfreesboro’s downtown area.
The goal of IFS is to create a festival that has the potential to become bigger and better each year, resulting in increased tourism and local business patronage. In order to make this festival a success, IFS is hoping to acquire financial assistance from corporations, foundations, individuals and government agencies.
Anyone interested in working with IFS on International FolkFest is encouraged to contact