Dollywood Festival of Nations returns in April

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 April1-18, featuring more than 20 countries represented through authentic demonstrations of music, dance, food and art.

Each day of the event, performers from all over the world converge on Showstreet dressed in their native costumes, performing various dances and songs.

Last year included “Rhythm of the Dance,” a “dance and music extravaganza featuring a wealth of Irish talent that demonstrates a fresh and modern view on traditional Irish step dancing.” The show featured a live band, three tenors and 22 dancers. Also featured was Canadian sensation “TIMBER!”, which was described as a “festive, high energy” show featuring epic feats of strength and agility combined with a traditional folk soundtrack. Artists performed acrobatics inspired by the exploits of the first North American loggers and farmers.

Attendees enjoyed the Latin sounds of mariachi, German stilt dancers and the always popular “World Passport to Food,” in which guests picked up their food passport and used it to navigate their way to various foods at the park. At all international food locations, guests’ passports were 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.

Dollywood will soon post its information for this year’s event at its Web site,

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