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2014 Festival Video - China

Festival Video: 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Welcome to the forty-eighth annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year we celebrate the cultures of Kenya and China. With overRead More


Hua’er Folksongs on Love and Longing

Hua’er folksongs, often about love and longing, are popular in Gansu and Qinghai provinces, along China’s Silk Road. Hailing fromRead More


‘Bright Morning Stars’ by Abigail Washburn and Ih Tsetsn

Inner Mongolian music ensemble Ih Tsetsn and American banjo player Abigail Washburn decided to meet on stage for a cross-culturalRead More


Tai Chi and Fu Chen Fight Performance

Martial arts students from the Beijing Sports University, Chai Yunlong and Tian Mengyi, demonstrated tai chi and a fu chenRead More


One Village

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of interning for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and haveRead More


Origin of the Erhu and Other Chinese String Instruments

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an experience of the senses, an invitation to see, taste, and smell. But for me,Read More


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


Qiang Polyphonic Singing

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


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


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