Dollywood Festival of Nations

Feb 25, 2017

Dollywood Festival of Nations

Dollywood Festival of Nations - For years, America’s favorite family attraction – Dollywood – has brought the diverse and exciting cultures of other countries to the park for one month.

Its Festival of Nations returns March 18-April 09, 2017 featuring more than 20 countries represented through authentic demonstrations of music, dance, food and art.

Each day throughout the month, performers from all over the world converge on Showstreet dressed in their native costumes, performing various dances and songs.Streichmusik-Alder.jpeg

Mother Africa

The Mother Africa cast, assembled from all across the African continent, invites Guest to visit the  typical African Township of Khayelitsha (which means  “My Home”) where the people celebrate the joy of everyday life.  The streets come to life through music, dance and amazing acrobatic feats as the people rise above their surroundings through their creativity, spirit, and athletic skills.  More than one million people worldwide have experienced this thrilling spectacle where the artists unite as one family to demonstrate the power of friendship and unity.


One of Europe’s most prominent folk dance and music ensembles, Slask features more than 30 dancers in hundreds of richly embroidered, handmade costumes representing the various regions of Poland.

Other Shows

Also included in the lineup are “Atahualpa" combines native Incan instruments with contemporary backups to celebrate the culture of the Andes Mountains.

Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth are a wee pair of wonderful wanderers from the mythical land of Oblivia.

Dearbhail Finnegan plays Irish harp and husband Robin Slater plays silver flute and Irish bodhran.  Together they combine humor with beautiful music to invite the audience on a memorable musical adventure.

The string music band Alder Urnäsch was founded in 1884 by two brothers Alder.   Currently the fourth and fifth generations of the group continue the musical traditions in different arrangements of family and friends.

And who can resist an event that offers a “World Passport to Food?” Upon arrival, guests pick up their food passport and use it to navigate their way to various foods at the park. At all international food locations, guests’ passports are stamped to signify their visit to each country.

In the past, delicacies have included beef empanadas from Mexico, shepherd’s pie from Ireland and fried rice and shredded chicken from the Philippines.

For more information on the event, visit

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Category: Dollywood

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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