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2013 Festival Blog

Performance by Hungarian Zither Maker Tibor Gats


Tibor Gáts is an award-winning maker of Hungarian folk instruments, specializing in the zither and the gardon. At the 2013Read More

July 25, 2013   No Comments

The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus Performs the Cicada Song


The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus from the Guizhou Province of China performs an excerpt of the cicada song, in whichRead More

July 25, 2013   No Comments

Libaya Baba Perform Traditional Songs in the Endangered Garifuna Language


James Lovell, a musician and educator from New York City, joins the group Libaya Baba of Los Angeles to performRead More

July 24, 2013   2 Comments

Ben Bahan and Rhonda Jennings Share Their ASL Stories


Ben Bahan, professor of American Sign Language and deaf studies at Gallaudet University, and his student Rhonda Jennings shared humorousRead More

July 23, 2013   No Comments

Hawaiian Participants Sing ‘Kaulana Nā Pua’


On the last day of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Hawaiian musician Aaron Salā and other Hawaiian festival participants joinedRead More

July 23, 2013   No Comments

Native Koro-Speaker Khandu Degio on the Tradition of Building Bamboo ‘Spirit Houses’


Koro is an endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Arunachal Pradesh, India, with an estimated six to eight hundred speakers. KhanduRead More

July 18, 2013   1 Comment

A History of Urban Dance: Urban Artistry Performance


The performances of Urban Artistry, an international collective of artists and dancers, reveal how street culture aligns music and danceRead More

July 18, 2013   No Comments

Hungarian National Folk Ensemble


Szalonna and his Band, renowned members of the Hungarian National Folk Ensemble, teamed up with Roma fiddler István “Kiscsipás” VargaRead More

July 17, 2013   No Comments

The Most Powerful Poem You Have Ever Met: Alexis Gumbs at the 2013 Folklife Festival Closing Ceremony


  Alexis Gumbs, a textile artist, political advocate, and presenter at the Will to Adorn program, reads a poem atRead More

July 17, 2013   No Comments

Best of the Festival: A Gallery of Visitor Photos


Want to revisit your favorite moments of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival? We’ve put together a selection of dazzling visitorRead More

July 13, 2013   No Comments