PIGEON FORGE, TN – March 15, 2019 – Dollywood’s 2019 season begins with one of the park’s greatest Festival of Nations lineups March 16-April 14, featuring new headline shows, the return of the Passport to Foods and special cooking demonstrations, including opportunities to see world-renowned Chef Pepin.
Guests can experience the spirit of the Smokies at Dollywood while also taking a trip around the globe thanks to authentic glimpses into a number of fascinating cultures.
Start a globetrotting adventure by enjoying the great new headline shows visiting this season:
Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, performing in DP’s Celebrity Theater, is a fusion dance and music company that mixes Hispanic and Caribbean cultures into each performance. Considered to include some of the best performers from Cuba, the group has been together for more than 25 years and has entertained on five continents.
Billed as the first interactive drum-theater experience, Drumstruck, performing at Showstreet Palace, encourages guests to participate in the show by placing drums in each seat. Members of the audience can use these drums to become part of the show, playing along with the performance on stage. This high-energy production weaves South African music and culture with West African rhythms.
Guests also can let their taste buds travel the world thanks to the expanded Passport to Food. This international menu lets guests enjoy savory and sweet delights from a number of countries, including grilled beef skewers from Trinidad, poutine and fried cheese curds from Canada, and beef bulgogi nachos over wonton chips from South Korea. A number of drinks, international pastries and desserts are available.
Chef Pepin, a well-known celebrity chef from Cuba, hosts several cooking demonstrations during the opening weekend of the festival, while additional chefs share their secrets each subsequent weekend during Festival of Nations. Cooking demonstrations are scheduled to take place noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in Dollywood’s Market Square area.
Dollywood’s 2019 Festival of Nations lineup also includes the following shows and acts:
• Invaders Steel Orchestra in the Valley Theater - One of the world’s oldest and most respected steel drum bands, Invaders Steel Orchestra celebrates more than 75 years of creating festive music for audiences around the world. This guest-favorite group returns to Dollywood to bring the tropical sounds of the Caribbean to the foothills of the Great Smoky.
• Atahualpa in the Showstreet Gazebo – Hailing from Ecuador, Atahualpa combines native Incan instruments with contemporary backups to celebrate the history and culture of the Andes Mountains. Atahualpa’s mix of songs includes contemporary music, South American dance rhythms, and the traditional music of the Andes.
• De Temps Antan March 16-24 in the Back Porch Theater - De Temps Antan from Quebec, Canada explores and performs the time-honored melodies from Quebec’s musical past. This talented trio combines contemporary music, laughter, deep-routed couplets and impromptu shifts for memorable songs.
• Les Grands Hurleurs March 27-April 14 in the Back Porch Theater - Les Grands Hurleurs of Quebec, Canada incorporate a variety of musical influences for their special sound. Paying respect to their traditional roots while creating original music, this trio flirts with classical, Manouche, electronica and folk music.
Dollywood’s Festival of Nations begins what is to become the park’s biggest season ever. The largest expansion in the park’s history, Wildwood Grove, opens this spring to provide families with new experiences and attractions for guests to explore together. Summer kicks off with Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 24-June 2), while the park’s Summer Celebration (June 22-Aug. 4) features later hours and the first chance to experience the wonder of Wildwood Grove at night. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 27-Nov. 2) features Southern gospel’s greatest performers and Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood’s 2019 season concludes with the 11-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, Nov. 9-Jan. 4, 2020.
For more information, visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.
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