The Yocona International Folk Festival is Mississippi's only omni-ethnic international folk festival. Enjoy and learn from intangible arts and historic cultures from around the globe.
Yocona (Chickasaw for "places of earth" or "nations") International Folk Festival is a 501(c)3, a not-for-profit, operated by a Board of Directors and its elected officers. We are an all-volunteer organization operating as a "virtual" office. Early each school year, we bring superb folk dancers, musicians and artisans to Mississippi in a rich cultural exchange designed to encourage the preservation of valuable intangible cultures... theirs and ours.
Yocona International Folk Festival, an emerging CIOFF and IOV cultural exchange experience, invites you to our annual International Festival Day and Gala Welcome performance in Oxford. We enjoy international dance, music, storytelling, games, food and handicrafts in late August and early September... the first full week of school in Mississippi. Join us for a tour through the rural delta and the hill country, for a unique, hospitable and informative Mississippi experience. This beautiful region is "the birthplace of The Blues."
We engage the power of the arts in interactive live performances and workshops scheduled for Mississippi schools, at the beginning of each school year, to inspire young scholars to explore languages, geography, history, math, science and other academic disciplines. We invite families in regional communities, near and far, to share the drama of living traditional dance and music performances. You will find us touring in performance venues and classrooms across north Mississippi. Between workshops and performances, join our guests from abroad as we offer a cultural exchange through exploring villages and towns, museums, historic and natural sites, and iconic restaurants... sharing the depth of our storied Mississippi heritage.
Education of Mississippi children; preservation of traditional intangible cultures; and economic development through heritage and educational tourism; creation of international friendships to promote a future of world peace.