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2011 Festival Blog

Joropo Music and Dance with Cabrestero


From the Southeastern Plains of Colombia, Cabrestero performs the joropo music that is an important part of the region’s cattle-ranchingRead More

July 21, 2011   1 Comment

Colombia Program Craftspeople


Dozens of Colombian craftspeople participated in the 2011 Festival. They were carpenters, carvers, ceramicists, cooks, hairstylists, hat makers, flower andRead More

July 20, 2011   1 Comment

Opika Performance Group from Perechyn, Ukraine


The Opika Performance Group from Perechyn, Ukraine, reconnects local orphaned children with their region’s culture and heritage through performances ofRead More

July 19, 2011   No Comments

Elizabeth Mitchell and Suni Paz Perform at Rinzler Memorial Concert


The life of Kate Rinzler was celebrated on July 9 with lively performances by two Smithsonian Folkways recording artists, ElizabethRead More

July 18, 2011   No Comments

Presenting the Monitors of Wilson County, North Carolina


The Monitors, from Wilson County, North Carolina, have been performing for over fifty years. Best known for their R&B and jazzRead More

July 18, 2011   3 Comments

Colombian Chirimía Meets American Rhythm & Blues


On the last day of the Festival, July 11, musicians from Chirimía la Contundencia (Quibdó, Colombia) and the Monitors (WilsonRead More

July 18, 2011   3 Comments

Frances Parsons, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Deaf Educator


In her work with the Peace Corps, Frances Parsons has worked to promote communications for deaf people in communities aroundRead More

July 15, 2011   1 Comment

Time Is Running Out: Are You Smarter Than a Curator?


You have been to the Festival and checked out the information we’ve posted about the programs. Now find out if you’re smarter than aRead More

July 15, 2011   No Comments

John Garamendi on his Peace Corps Experience in Ethiopia


Congressman John Garamendi and his wife were both Peace Corps volunteers in the late 1960s. In this video of aRead More

July 14, 2011   No Comments

Connecting Communities through Cultural Exchange


As a participant in the Smithsonian’s Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA), I was invited to be a volunteer inRead More

July 14, 2011   No Comments