Editor’s note: The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage partnered with ARTLAB+, the Hirshhorn Museum’s digital media studio for teens, to help document the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. A group of students produced three videos (embedded in the article below), and team member Alexis Woodyard wrote this reflection on … Continue reading Capturing the Folklife Festival: A Student Perspective
The Hungarian contemporary artist Gábor Miklós Szőke created a large-scale Puli dog sculpture for the Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. In this interview, Szőke discusses the inspirations for making monumental installations, as well as the processes and materials involved. Video produced by Tasha … Continue reading Gábor Miklós Szőke and His Puli Dog Sculpture
Artisan Levente Lehel Sütő’s family has been making traditional furniture since the end of the 16th century. At the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Sütő shed light on his craft tradition and its significance for Hungarian cultural identity. Video produced by Tasha Sandoval Edited by Sara Legg and Tasha Sandoval Videography … Continue reading Master Craftsman Levente Lehel Sütő
One day during the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a group of participants in the Hungarian Heritage program staged a wedding procession wearing costumes typical of the Szék region of Transylvania, Romania. The ceremony involved good-humored trickery including false brides and teasing songs. Bride: Imola Zsoldos from Szék in Transylvania, Romania … Continue reading Wedding Traditions from the Szék Region of Transylvania
Tibor Gáts is an award-winning maker of Hungarian folk instruments, specializing in the zither and the gardon. At the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, he performed songs on a zither he crafted in his workshop in Hungary. Videography by Shawn Weber Edited by Alexander Jusdanis and Kylie Shryock
Szalonna and his Band, renowned members of the Hungarian National Folk Ensemble, teamed up with Roma fiddler István “Kiscsipás” Varga to perform traditional Hungarian fiddle tunes at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Want to revisit your favorite moments of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival? We’ve put together a selection of dazzling visitor photographs in our Best of the Festival Gallery to help you do just that. Thank you to all of this year’s talented visitors who chose to share their work with … Continue reading Best of the Festival: A Gallery of Visitor Photos