Jesus Mari Lazkano: Passion in Painting

Jesus Mari Lazkano is a professor at the University of the Basque Country and outdoor enthusiast known for his fantastic surrealist landscape paintings inspired by the Basque landscapes he encounters on a daily basis. At the Folklife Festival, he painted two innovative cerulean landscapes that amazed and entranced every … Continue reading Jesus Mari Lazkano: Passion in Painting

On the Move: Visitor Engagement on Immigration and Migration

Nestled between two bustling areas—food concessions and the Sounds of California—the On the Move: Migration and Immigration Today tent engaged visitors in conversations beyond the polarizing political debates currently taking place within our society. Using interactive activities and hosting daily presentations in multiple formats, On … Continue reading On the Move: Visitor Engagement on Immigration and Migration

Music of the Bay Area: Traditional and Contemporary Sounds

Beyond the 2016 Folklife Festival, Sounds of California is part of a collaborative project with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and Radio Bilingüe. The aims of the project include the documentation and preservation of artistic expression through sound and community engagement in the arts, … Continue reading Music of the Bay Area: Traditional and Contemporary Sounds

Emerging Melodies: A Lesson in Collective Songwriting

The process of writing a song has always seemed daunting to me. Especially at the Folklife Festival, surrounded by wildly talented musicians steeped in generations of tradition and bursting with innovative ideas, I can’t even imagine how to begin. I think many Festival visitors felt … Continue reading Emerging Melodies: A Lesson in Collective Songwriting

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