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Building Bridges: A Festival Reflection from Julie Freundt

Editor’s note: Julie Freundt was a participant in Perú: Pachamama, as the lead singer for the music and dance ensemble Marinera Viva!!! After seeing the 2015 Folklife Festival video “Crossing,” she sent us these song lyrics and reflection about her experience. For two weeks this … Continue reading Building Bridges: A Festival Reflection from Julie Freundt

The Q’eswachaka from Cusco to D.C.

Wherever you stood on the Folklife Festival grounds, the Q’eswachaka Bridge was always noticeable, drawing diverse crowds and intrigue. Across the span of two weeks, participants and visitors saw the Huinchiri women and men prepare and braid the q’oya fibers, lead ceremonies, and build the suspension rope bridge by hand, … Continue reading The Q’eswachaka from Cusco to D.C.

Julie Freundt: Song for José Antonio

During an evening concert at the 2015 Folklife Festival, Peruvian singer Julie Freundt dedicated this tondero song to José Antonio, the first breeder of the Peruvian Paso horse. She was joined by guitarist Santiago “Coco” Linares, percussionist Guillermo Javier Martínez, and Marinera Viva!!! dancer Giancarlo Bozzo. Filmography: Claudia Romano, … Continue reading Julie Freundt: Song for José Antonio

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