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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2011 Festival Video

2011 Festival Introduction


Introduction to the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and overview of Festival history.

 

Colombia Program Introduction


This video features Olivia Cadaval, the curator of the 2011 Folklife Festival program Colombia: The Nature of Culture. She hasRead More

 

Peace Corps Program Introduction


This video features James I. Deutsch, the curator of the 2011 Folklife Festival program The Peace Corps: Fifty Years ofRead More

 

Rhythm and Blues Program Introduction


This video features Mark Puryear, curator of the 2011 Folklife Festival program Rhythm and Blues: Tell It Like It Is.Read More

 

Experiencing the Festival


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is often described as the “world’s largest cultural conversation,” and as a “museum without walls.” FirstRead More

 

Music Research in the Colombian Plains


In 2011, researchers for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival traveled to the Orinoco Plains of Colombia. Their van broke down, leadingRead More

 

Colombia Music Preview: Chirimía la Contundencia


Here is a preview of Chirimía la Contundencia, a music ensemble that plays chirimía, a traditional genre of Colombia’s northernRead More

 

Yipao Festival in Colombia


Our friend Carlos Alberto Beltrán R. won’t be coming to the Festival, but his tradition will. He sent us thisRead More

 

Fred Wesley, pt. 1: Playing Music during the Civil Rights Era


 Legendary trombone player Fred Wesley talks about playing music during the era of the civil rights movement. Fred Wesley andRead More

 

Fred Wesley, pt. 2: Becoming a Musician


Legendary trombone player Fred Wesley talks about his beginnings as a musician. Fred Wesley and The New JBs perform everyRead More