Dollywood 2016 Festival of Nations

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When folks say that the whole world comes to Dollywood, they aren’t just talking about tourist visitors to the park. During Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, which runs from March 19 – April 18, music, dance, food, and art come from all over the planet to delight and amaze Dollywood guests. The month long celebration brings together interesting acts from every corner of the globe and spreads the wonder throughout the park.

2016 Dollywood Calendar

2016 Dollywood Calendar

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Here’s a description of just a few–some of them brand new–of the acts whose talents will be showcased during the Festival of Nations:

  • Mother Africa is a group of performers from countries across the entire continent of Africa who unite in a high-energy acrobatics, music, and dance show that takes the audience to “Khayelitsha,” one of the largest townships in South Africa.
  • Los Pampas Gauchos is a funny and fast-paced showcase of traditional Argentinean folk dancing.
  • Atahualpa, a band from Ecuador, hope that their musical celebration of the culture and history of the Andes mountains will build a sense of kinship and connection to everyone who sees the show.
  • The performance of Celtic Coast might seem a little familiar to fans of Appalachian music, with band members using instruments often seen at Dollywood: fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. As they hail from Nova Scotia, though, the music is inspired not by the heritage of the Tennessee mountains, but by the Canadian background.
  • French musician David Charrier will appear all over the park, offering interactive street shows. Guests will be astounded at the sounds produced by Charrier’s unique instrument, a hang. Look for the guy playing what appears to be a steel UFO.
  • Duo Del Soul is a musical pair that brings innovative Latin music to the streets of Dollywood. The shows are full of energy and cutting edge performances.

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    2016 Dollywood Calendar

  • The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra combine British comedy with the traditional Hawaiian instrument to create a show unlike any you’ve seen before.
  • Via Romen perform both traditional and modern Romani (gyspy) music. The group is fronted by Ukrainian violinist Arkadiy Gips.
  • The Alash Ensemble are masters of one of the most unusual vocal forms around: Tuvan throat singing, which allows for multiple pitches to be sung at once.
  • Be sure to look up when you’re walking around Dollywood’s Festival of Nations. You might catch a glimpse of Zebra Stelzentheater of Germany, stilt dancers looking to make new friends through their high-spirited routines.

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