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International Folk Festival Features Free Concert

Aaron Neville Performs Saturday, September 29th in Fayetteville’s Festival Park

Each year, up to 100,000 attendees “travel the world in one weekend” during the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s International Folk Festival. Because 2012 is the Fayetteville’s 250th birthday, attendees will enjoy a free concert by R&B singer Aaron Neville on Saturday, September 29th in Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville.

“The city of Fayetteville approached us about celebrating the city’s birthday during the Folk Festival,” said Mary Kinney, marketing director for the Arts Council. “We’re thrilled to include the concert as one of the festivities.”

The International Folk Festival is an annual celebration of the community’s diversity. Typically 30 or more groups representing various nationalities participate in the festival by showcasing their native dance, music, storytelling, arts and crafts and food. Festivities start Friday, September 28th and run through Sunday, September 30th. A highlight, the Parade of Nations, starts at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 29th.

For further exploration of greater Fayetteville’s diverse historic, artistic and cultural offerings consider touring one of the community’s 15 Cultural Heritage Trails. The International Cuisine Trail takes users on an exploration of the community’s cuisine options while the Patri-Arts & Gardens Trail highlights artistic offerings.

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