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Video: Eva Ayllón

The evening concert series of the 2015 Festival kicked off with singer Eva Ayllón. Ayllón began singing and dancing as a young girl in Lima, carrying on traditions of Afro-Peruvian music: the combination of Andean, Spanish, and African influences, characterized by spirited rhythms. Her impressive international career has earned her … Continue reading Video: Eva Ayllón

Chicha Art: Ancestral Colors, Modern Designs

Silkscreen artist Pedro “MONKY” Rojas uses the same bold colors worn by mountain Quechua people to create advertisements for chicha musicians. He posts his designs in public spaces to raise awareness for the art form and the chicha community. MONKY is giving silkscreen demonstrations at the Perú: Pachamama program. You can purchase … Continue reading Chicha Art: Ancestral Colors, Modern Designs

The Gourd Artist: Carving Community Traditions

Eulogio Medina Sanabria has dedicated his life to the Peruvian art of mate burilado (gourd carving). While many carvers are drifting away from tradition, Sanabria continues to focus on detailed techniques and the power art can have in bringing a community together. You can see gourd carvings by artists Blanca and Katya Canto Lazo at … Continue reading The Gourd Artist: Carving Community Traditions

Video: The Faces of Perú: Pachamama

Meet the people and places featured in the Perú: Pachamama program in this introductory video for the 2015 Folklife Festival. The photos and videos were shot during our curators’ research trip throughout Peru, and the song was composed and performed by Abel “Billy” Castillo, a local Peruvian artist. Castillo, who also builds cajón drums, … Continue reading Video: The Faces of Perú: Pachamama

Beginnings: Childhood Memories from China to the Mall

For almost fifty years, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has connected visitors with artists from around the world. Within each program, participants connect with other representatives from their country or state or occupation while sharing stories and space on the National Mall. And sometimes the Festival offers the opportunity for our … Continue reading Beginnings: Childhood Memories from China to the Mall