Marketplace

A Summer Intern Guide to the Marketplace

In the Folklife Festival Marketplace, you’ll find an array of clothing, ornaments, food, jewelry, toys, books, CDs, and more from Peru and around the world. There is something great—and affordable!—for everyone. As the Marketplace interns, we have a few recommendations for our fellow D.C. summer interns, students, and other people … Continue reading A Summer Intern Guide to the Marketplace

Marketplace Preview: Special Events and Craft Demonstrations

When I was in art school, the lesson always involved watching the professor demonstrate how to use the pencil, brush, or needle. While intimidating, it was also eye-opening to witness how highly skilled and experienced artists wield their tools. The Folklife Festival, including the Festival Marketplace, will provide the same … Continue reading Marketplace Preview: Special Events and Craft Demonstrations

Marketplace Preview: Ornaments from Around the Globe

Whether it’s to decorate a Christmas tree, adorn a window, or add whimsy to a bookshelf, ornaments are a fun and inexpensive item to collect—especially at the Folklife Festival Marketplace. Each year, the Marketplace is stocked with a wide array of these small, handmade artworks that represent each Festival program. For … Continue reading Marketplace Preview: Ornaments from Around the Globe

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. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival Marketplace is hosting an invite-only, after-hours event on Miao embroidery, featuring China: Tradition and the Art of Living participants Pan Yuzhen and her daughter Zhang Hongying. This … Continue reading Marketplace Special Event: Miao Embroidery—RESCHEDULED

Six Ways to Beat the Heat on the National Mall

With a heat index of 104⁰ in the capital today, Folklife Festival visitors might be more concerned with trying not to melt than with stopping to take in the arts and culture offered by participant artists. For the hottest days, the Festival offers a variety of shady spots, cold beverages, … Continue reading Six Ways to Beat the Heat on the National Mall

A Guide to Marketplace: Top Five Items to Find

Every year the Folklife Festival Marketplace features handmade crafts and traditional artwork by participants from the featured programs. In preparation for this year’s Festival, we borrowed Halle Butvin from the Smithsonian Office of International Affairs and sent her to China and Kenya as the new Marketplace consultant. She met with … Continue reading A Guide to Marketplace: Top Five Items to Find

Marketplace Diary: Arriving in Lamu, Kenya

Editor’s note: This winter, Folklife Festival Marketplace consultant Halle Butvin traveled to Kenya and China along with photographer Josh Eli Cogan to document the stories and crafts of the traditional artisans who will participate in this summer’s Festival. This is the first in a series of posts about 2014 Folklife … Continue reading Marketplace Diary: Arriving in Lamu, Kenya