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Highlights from the 2014 Opening Ceremony


The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival opened on Wednesday, June 25, with performances by artists from China and Kenya and remarksRead More

June 27, 2014   No Comments

The Story of the Bamboo Flower Plaque


Upon entering the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival from the west, visitors are greeted by a 30+ meter bamboo flower plaque.Read More

June 27, 2014   No Comments

Who Is Tian Tian?


The flower plaque at the entrance to China: Tradition and the Art of Living at the 2014 Folklife Festival prominently features aRead More

June 25, 2014   No Comments

Breaking and Blessing Ground for the Flower Plaque


Eight days before the opening of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, participants from Hong Kong began construction on the bambooRead More

June 24, 2014   No Comments

Hou Yi and the Ten Suns: A Chinese Folktale


Production and animation: Aurélie Beatley Narration: Karlie Leung The story of the archer Hou Yi goes back to at leastRead More

June 23, 2014   No Comments

Introducing Kenya at the Folklife Festival


The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the Republic of Kenya fifty years after its independence. Preston Scott, curator for Kenya: MamboRead More

June 21, 2014   No Comments

Music of the Inner Mongolian Grasslands


Band manager Zhu Zhizhong and musicians Baiyinmenghe, Baoyin, and Boerzhijinfu of the group Ih Tsetsn from Inner Mongolia speak andRead More

June 18, 2014   No Comments

Introducing China at the Folklife Festival


Meet the China: Tradition and the Art of Living program team preparing for the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Curators SojinRead More

June 16, 2014   No Comments

Conserving Kenya’s Coast, One Turtle at a Time


Sea turtles worldwide face endangerment due to pollution, poachers, fishing bycatch, beachfront development, and much more. Off the coast ofRead More

June 12, 2014   No Comments

Song of Spring: Traditional Miao Arts


Liang Xiaoying from Leishan in the Guizhou Province, sings two traditional Miao songs, “Song of Spring” and “Date When WeRead More

June 11, 2014   No Comments