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2011 Festival Blog - Colombia

Restaging Colombia


I joined my colleagues Sojin Kim and Michael Mason on an adventure to Cali, Colombia, recently for a restaging ofRead More

December 20, 2013   2 Comments

Abel Rodríguez, Amazonian Basket Weaver


Abel Rodríguez, an indigenous Muinane, demonstrates the art of basket weaving which he learned from his father while growing upRead More

September 18, 2013   No Comments

Remembering Elkin de Jesús Meneses Rojo


The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is very saddened to learn of the recent passing of musician Elkin deRead More

July 19, 2013   No Comments

Off-Stage Moments: The Power of Informal Exchange


This July I had the privilege to serve as an interpreter and presenter at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival programRead More

February 3, 2012   1 Comment

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Medellín and Bogotá, Colombia


In early December, Cristina Díaz-Carrera and I eagerly travelled to Bogotá to witness and enjoy the re-staging of the Colombia:Read More

December 26, 2011   6 Comments

Connecting Global Communities through Meaningful Cultural Interactions: Reflections on the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival from a Presenter’s Perspective


After having seen, heard, touched, tasted, talked, felt, danced, lived and breathed the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival for two weeks,Read More

December 23, 2011   8 Comments

Colombia Folklife Festival Program Travels Home


On Dec 7, 2011, Folklife Center staff Olivia Cadaval and Cristina Díaz-Carrera travelled to Bogotá, Colombia, to attend the firstRead More

December 20, 2011   1 Comment

Presenting at the Colombia Program: Contributing to Cultural Exchange/Presentar en el programa Colombia: Una contribución al intercambio cultural


Colombia: the Nature of Culture program was a wonderful space where people from different parts of Colombia had the opportunityRead More

December 19, 2011   No Comments

Reflections on the Colombia Program of the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival/Reflexiones sobre el programa de Colombia del 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival


The Colombia program for the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was an incredible and dynamic success. By dividing the country intoRead More

August 5, 2011   1 Comment

Migdonio Rivas Ríos, Colombian Percussion Instrument Maker


Migdonio Rivas Ríos from Colombia’s Pacific Coast constructs percussion instruments for chirimía ensembles using local materials and techniques. As syntheticRead More

August 3, 2011   4 Comments