Marketplace

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

University Cheese Competition Recap

Friday, July 6, was a day filled with excitement and blood-thirsty competition. At the Test Kitchen, three of the Campus and Community universities entered their cheeses into a blind taste-test competition. The Test Kitchen staff assembled an extremely well-qualified panel to judge the three cheeses, and the utmost care was … Continue reading University Cheese Competition Recap

Marketplace Preview–From Artists in Oregon and South Africa

The 2012 Festival Marketplace features items related to all three programs, including foods, music, and crafts. The items mentioned below provide quick glimpses into the creative and fantastic products you can find in this year’s Marketplace. Egypt Meets Oregon with Vibrant Flavors–Oregon State University, a Campus and Community program participant, brings … Continue reading Marketplace Preview–From Artists in Oregon and South Africa

Christylez Bacon: At the Festival and in the Marketplace

Christylez Bacon, a native of Washington D.C., is a musician on a mission; his mission being the promotion of cultural unification and acceptance. Christylez creates progressive hip-hop music, blending together the elements of jazz, classical, salsa, and hip-hop. He fuses the diverse musical melodies together, creating innovative sounds. With his … Continue reading Christylez Bacon: At the Festival and in the Marketplace