Throughout the week of June 12-19, international groups will perform for area schools, youth and senior citizen organizations and for civic clubs.

The International Folk 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.


Tuesday, June 14th  

Smyrna Public Library

400 Enon Springs Road W

Smyrna, TN 37167

Germany  10:00 a.m.

Free to the public

St. Clair Senior Center

325 ST. Clair St.

Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Puerto Rico  10:00 a.m.

Free to the public

Wednesday, June 15th

Linebaugh Public Library

105 W. Vine St.

Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Czech Republic  10:00 a.m.

Free to the public.

Thursday, June 16th


Friday, June 17th

Lebanon High School

500 Blue Devil Blvd.

Lebanon, TN 37087

$10.00 /person  7:00 pm

Sponsor- Lebanon H.S. FFA


For more information contact

Summer Majors


Saturday, June 18th

East side of the

courthouse square

8:30-12:30 P.M.

Bring your own lawn

chairs.  Free to the

Public  (all groups)


Puerto Rico will perform at

the Train Depot

down town Smyrna  11:30 am

free to the public

Hosted by Carpe Artista

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