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Diatonic shows off T&T culture in US festival

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Local dancers give their US audience a taste of the limbo.

Led by former Pan Trinbago vice president Keith Dyer, Diatonic Pan Institute of Siparia represented T&T at the 2014 North Carolina’s Official International Folklore Festival in Folkmoot, USA. 

This festival, a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance, was held on July 18–27.

This year, some 250 colourfully costumed traditional dancers and musicians from Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), Trinidad, Colombia, Russia, Turkey, Romania, and Hawaii, USA, along with groups representing Appalachian and Cherokee cultures, performed.

Headquartered at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville, about 25 miles west of Asheville, the festival is now 28 years old and more than 200 groups from 100 countries have attended the event in that time. 

Performances took place in 12 cities, including Asheville, Hendersonville, Franklin, Burnsville, Maggie Valley and Waynesville.