OXFORD – Prospects for this year’s Yocona International Folk Festival became bleak, but coordinator Mary Sloan has some good news.
The Kenyan group scheduled to perform on this year’s tour across north Mississippi after appearing at North Carolina’s Folkmoot lost its sponsor and was not going to be able to come to the United States. Fortunately “Togohuan,” a group of dancers and drummers from the West African nation of Togo, stepped in to fill the void.
“Togo is coming,” Sloan said. “These guys are great, a big crowd-pleaser.”
Yocona Festival’s other main performers will be “Dor Transylvan,” a Romanian group interpreting traditional dances from their Transylvania and Crisana regions.
The festival will take place across north Mississippi next week from Tuesday through Sunday. It began in 2007 with a mission to “celebrate the world’s cultural heritage with exciting folk music and dance performances as well as captivating vernacular arts and crafts.”
The schedule is as follows:
– Tuesday, 10 a.m., Children’s Festival, Grove Stage, the University of Mississippi, Oxford
– Wednesday, 8 p.m., outdoor amphitheater, The Amp, Oxford
– Thursday: morning children’s program and 8 p.m. performance, Morgan Freeman Auditorium, Charleston
– Friday, morning children’s program and 8 p.m. performance, Expo Center, Clarksdale
– Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: International Marketplace at The Powerhouse, Oxford
– Saturday, 8 p.m. performance at The Powerhouse, Oxford
– Sunday, 3 p.m. performance at the Link Centre, Tupelo
Tickets will be on sale for Oxford and Tupelo performances during business hours at the Powerhouse and Link Centre, respectively.
For more information, call (662) 236-6429.
Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal