Between four small Andean communities in the region of Quehue, Peru, the last remaining Inka rope bridge stretches across the Apurímac River. Its name is Q’eswachaka, from the Quechua words q’eswa (rope) and chaka (bridge).
The 2015 Folklife Festival concluded on Sunday with the completion of the Q’eswachaka Bridge, a second Festival Community Day celebration of Peruvian culture in the United States, and a late-night dance party for all the participants back at the hotel! But Perú: Pachamama does not end here—there … Continue reading Day 10: Top Ten Photos
Heavy rain shortened our Independence Day programming at the Folklife Festival, but visitors who braved the weather were able to see music, dance, and crafts traditions from across Peru. While the afternoon activities continued on the National Mall, the day’s first and last concerts took … Continue reading Day 9: Top Ten Photos
The Folklife Festival grounds filled to the brim on this federal holiday, as thousands of tourists and D.C. residents got an intimate view of some of Peru’s cultural heritage and continued a nonstop schedule of artisan workshops and lively performances. You can see more photos … Continue reading Day 8: Top Ten Photos
The Festival’s seventh day brought many important guests. The new Secretary of the Smithsonian , David Skorton, spent his second day on the job exploring the Perú: Pachamama program. Peruvian Ambassador Luis Miguel Castillo also joined Ed Avalos, the Undersecretary of Marketing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at … Continue reading Day 7: Top Ten Photos
After a two-day break and a relentless overnight thunderstorm, the Folklife Festival returned to the National Mall. Thanks to the efforts of our Smithsonian colleagues and the National Park Service staff, the Festival site was able to open, despite damage to the Ralph Rinzler Concert Stage, … Continue reading Day 6: Top Ten Photos
The first week of the Festival closed with our first of two Community Days, as we welcomed Peruvians living in the United States to share their adaptations of cultural traditions. Today also marked the first ropes of the Q’eswachaka Bridge crossing the makeshift “cliff” shipping … Continue reading Day 5: Top Ten Photos