International Folkfest Set: June 2-9, 2024

Apr 11, 2024 at 01:08 pm by WGNS

Rutherford County, TN -Murfreesboro’s International Folkloric Society, a non-profit organization established in 1986, announces the arrival of musicians and dancers from Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic on June 2, 2024. These guest folk troupes will join festival hosts: Rutherford County’s Cripple Creek Cloggers and The Slim Chance Band, led by Rob Pearcy, Director. The International Folkfest, which began in 1982, is celebrating its 42nd anniversary.

Approximately 75 dancers and musicians will visit and perform in the middle Tennessee area from June 2 to June 9. These talented troupes will captivate audiences with public performances in Nashville, Smyrna, Tullahoma, Bell Buckle, and various locations in Murfreesboro. For a detailed schedule of public performances and information about all participating troupes, visit the International Folkfest website.


During their stay in Murfreesboro, the troupes will explore historical, educational, cultural, and scenic sites across middle Tennessee. Each troupe will have its own local guides and buses for the week. Notably, officials representing local, state, and U.S. governments will be invited for traditional gift exchanges. Diplomats from the embassies of the attending countries will also participate.

International Folkfest was the first of its kind in the United States.  As the Cripple Creek Cloggers began representing Middle Tennessee and the United States at festivals in other countries back in 1973, the idea of a Middle Tennessee festival was born. Their positive experiences inspired a group of passionate individuals to establish the International Folkfest right here in Murfreesboro.

The International Folkloric Society, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, orchestrates this labor of love. Interested individuals are always welcome to participate in planning.

Major sponsors include Middle Tennessee Electric, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Rutherford County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Additional funding is greatly appreciated.

Founder Steve Cates said, "Let the celebration of diverse cultures and artistic expression begin!"

If you have questions, phone Steve Cates at 615-896-3559. For those who enjoy texts or emails you may communicate with Katy Ginanni at or text 828-226-6837.



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