New shows and returning favorites headline Dollywood’s Festival of Nations

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Rhythm of the dance troupe/photo submitted

By Wes Rainy


From inspiring traditional dance to thrilling strength and agility, Rhythm of the Dance, along with Timber!, headline the 15th anniversary of Dollywood’s Festival of Nations (March 21 – April 20) and provide  guests an international experience which transports them around the world.

Countries throughout the globe are represented in this cultural celebration through diverse entertainment showcases, exotic cuisine and authentic craftsmanship. Exciting traditional displays give park guests a fascinating look into cultures worldwide.

“I’ve been all over this big world, and as an entertainer, I love nothing more than to see truly talented performers from every corner of the globe traveling to Dollywood to perform during my Festival of Nations,” exclaimed Dolly Parton. “I can’t wait to share these fascinating treasures with the families at Dollywood to celebrate the kick off of our 30th anniversary season!”

Returning to help Dollywood celebrate 30 years of entertainment, as well as the 15th annual Festival of Nations, is the visually stunning show, Rhythm of the Dance. Showcasing traditional Irish dance and music with state-of-the-art technology, Rhythm of the Dance marries the contemporary and the ancient to present a thrilling and rich performance which highlights the journey of Irish Celts through history.

This year’s Festival of Nations also brings an exciting new entertainment offering to the lineup. Timber!, from Quebec, Canada, co-headlines this year’s entertainment roster and features incredible acrobatic feats inspired by the exploits of the first North American loggers and farmers. To perform this high-energy show, the group utilizes unusual equipment modeled after the forestry resources available on their real-life family farm. Guests can experience this show along with all other Festival of Nations shows with park admission.

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