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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

Kites and Colleagues: Words from an Intern


My high school offers an end-of-year program for graduating seniors, Senior Experience, during which we complete a three-week internship insteadRead More

July 19, 2014   No Comments

Stories in Social Media, And Our Instagram Contest Winner!


We learn a lot through the stories we share. Whether they are in conversation with a Festival participant on theRead 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

Quetzal: ‘Cielito Lindo’ y ‘Tragafuegos’


Quetzal, a musical group from East Los Angeles, combines elements of Mexican música ranchera, salsa, Chicano rock, R&B, and internationalRead 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

Sustainability Matters: 2014 Festival Statistics


The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was the greenest one to date, and represented the largest composting effort for any eventRead More

July 17, 2014   No Comments