Colombia Folklife Festival Program Travels Home

Olivia Cadaval and Cristina Díaz-Carrera pose with members of Grupo Cabrestero of the Southeastern Plains at the festival restaging in Bogotá, Colombia.

On Dec 7, 2011, Folklife Center staff Olivia Cadaval and Cristina Díaz-Carrera travelled to Bogotá, Colombia, to attend the first three days of the restaging of the Colombia: The Nature of Culture program.

This reiteration of last summer’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival program was presented at Bogotá’s annual Expo Artesanías. It featured 80 of the 100 original participants, the guadua tents (or hojamantas), and the graphic panels and signage.

Tanguí Chirimía, of the Pacific region, performs and dances with festival participants, staff and members of the public.

Program coordinator Diaz-Carrera reports, “It was a wonderful experience to observe the ongoing impact of the Festival and to continue strengthening our relationships with our partners.”

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  • David Ballard

    This is very nice to hear about. We really enjoyed the Columbian portion of the festival, especially the music. All the participants did their country proud.