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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

July 6, 2014   No Comments

Day Nine: Top Ten Festival Photos


See highlights from the Folklife Festival captured by our photography team. Join us on the National Mall to see theRead More

July 5, 2014   No Comments

Marketplace Special Event: Miao Embroidery—RESCHEDULED


SATURDAY, 2:20 PM—This event has been rescheduled for this evening at 5 p.m. after getting rained out on Thursday. TheRead More

July 5, 2014   No Comments

Recipe from China: Huaiyang Vegetarian ‘Kidney’


Huaiyang cooking is considered one of the four great traditions in Chinese cuisine, along with Cantonese, Shandong, and Sichuan. ItRead More

July 5, 2014   No Comments

Festival Audio: Kenyan Percussion Collaboration


In a workshop about traditional percussion instruments of Kenya, performers representing the neighboring Luo and Luhya people compared their ohangla and isikuti drums, respectively.Read More

July 5, 2014   No Comments

Day Eight: Top Ten Festival Photos


The Folklife Festival flooded with Fourth of July revelers today following the parade on Constitution Avenue, packing the dance floorsRead More

July 4, 2014   No Comments

Chepchumba at ‘Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music’


Doris Tanui Chepchumba represents Rift Valley roots in contemporary music during the “Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music”Read More

July 4, 2014   No Comments

Festival Audio: Job Ouko Seda at The Watering Hole


Job Ouko Seda, a.k.a. Ayub Ogada, doing an impromptu performance on the nyatiti lute at The Watering Hole on July 3.

July 4, 2014   No Comments

Recipe from China: Wonton Soup


During the first week of the Folklife Festival, Sunday’s theme was cultural diaspora, discussing how culture both changes and staysRead More

July 4, 2014   No Comments

‘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

July 4, 2014   No Comments