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2014 Festival Blog - China

Up Close With the Miao Singers


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an interactive festival where audience members engage directly with visiting artists to learn about theirRead More

July 22, 2014   No Comments

Dragon Dance by the Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe


The Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe’s Dragon Dance was a 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival crowd favorite. Performed by ten acrobats andRead More

July 21, 2014   No Comments

A Musical Review: Instruments of the Folklife Festival


With dozens of musicians and dancers from two countries, the Festival boasted a wide variety of musical instruments in itsRead More

July 21, 2014   No Comments

Wu Man: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’


Wu Man, a virtuoso pipa player, concluded her performance at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival with a rendition of “TheRead More

July 20, 2014   No Comments

Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group


Hailing from the mountainous region of southern China and Guizhou province,the Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group came to theRead More

July 20, 2014   No Comments

Dance of the Golden Pheasant


The Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group performs the Dance of the Golden Pheasant at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.Read More

July 19, 2014   No Comments

Zhejiang Wu Opera: The Sedan Chair


Founded in 1956, the Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe both revives traditional works (some more than four hundred years old) andRead More

July 18, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: New Year’s Dumplings


Tian Yali, one of the paper-cutting artists from the Folklife Festival’s China program, brought her special recipe for dumplings toRead More

July 18, 2014   No Comments

Qiang Polyphonic Singing


Zewang Renqing and Geluo Zhaxi are brothers who learned Qiang polyphonic singing while herding cattle with their parents in WesternRead More

July 17, 2014   No Comments

Wu Man and Friends: Chinese Tradition and Musical Collaboration


Wu Man, a master of the Chinese lute (pipa) was joined by fellow musicians Yang Yi (zheng) and Haruka FujiiRead More

July 16, 2014   No Comments