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In addition to daily performances and activities on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival organizes and recommends events and exhibitions at other Smithsonian museums and venues around Washington, D.C. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

PAST EVENTS

Armenian Public Radio

July 8, 8 p.m.
Armenian Public Radio
Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church
4906 Flint Dr., Bethesda, Maryland
soorpkhatchchurch.org

Armenian Public Radio builds a bridge between contemporary musical styles and traditional Armenian music, bringing a new perspective to Armenian folk songs that have withstood the test of time. Based in Los Angeles, the acoustic trio has made it their mission to revive these songs in their community and introduce them to wider audiences. This concert is sponsored by the Armenian Community Event Planners (ACEP), a joint effort of Soorp Khatch and St. Mary Armenian Apostolic churches. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Dream Jungle: Filipino Sounds from L.A. to D.C.

July 8, 7 p.m.
Dream Jungle: Filipino Sounds from L.A. to D.C.
Tropicalia DC
2001 Fourteenth St. NW, Washington, D.C.
smithsonianapa.org

Hip-hop MC Bambu with DJ Phatrick and multi-instrumentalist Low Leaf, both Filipino American artists from California, will perform a free concert presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, produced in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Sounds of California program. 21+

NOKA | Basque Song and Music from California

July 6, noon
NOKA | Basque Song and Music from California
Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C.
loc.gov

NOKA, one of the Basque: Innovation by Culture performerance groups, is composed of Andréa Bidart, Begoña Echeverria, and Cathy Petrissans, the daughters and granddaughters of Basque immigrants who grew up together in Chino, California. They are members of the Chino Basque Club and were raised speaking and singing in Basque. Informed by life experiences and academic research, NOKA’s concerts are intended to entertain but also to educate their audiences. Erramun Martikorena and Mikel Markez, two well-known singers from Basque Country, will join NOKA for this concert.

NOKA

July 3, 6 p.m.
NOKA
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
kennedy-center.org

NOKA is formed by the daughters and granddaughters of Basque immigrants, specializing in songs about Basque culture, gender, and identity. Hailing from California, they are joined by modern folk singer and songwriter Mikel Markez. 


Biotzetik Basque Choir

July 2, 6 p.m.
Biotzetik Basque Choir
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
kennedy-center.org

The Biotzetik Basque Choir performs both traditional folk songs and sacred music. Founded in Boise, Idaho, in 1986, the thirty-one-person choir consists of native Basques and first- and second-generation Basque Americans.


The Soul of Afghan Music: Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader

June 29, 6 p.m.
The Soul of Afghan Music: Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
kennedy-center.org

Afghan music represents the confluence of cultural influences whose sources lie to the east, north, and west of present-day Afghanistan. This program features two of its most celebrated proponents: Homayoun Sakhi is the outstanding rubâb player of his generation and Salar Nader is a highly sought-after percussionist. Together, they are brilliant virtuosi endowed with charismatic musical presence, personality, and inventiveness.

Basque Untapped: Ciders of the Basque Country

June 21, 6:45–8:45 p.m.
Basque Untapped: Ciders of the Basque Country
Smithsonian Castle Commons
1000 Jefferson Drive SW
smithsonianassociates.org

Basque culture is celebrated for its food, crafts, music, dance, and poetry. Apple cider and the sagardotegi (cider house) are staples of the region’s cuisine, and the delicious centuries-old tradition of Basque ciders is now gaining attention in the United States.

Basque cider’s tart, vinegary flavor makes it distinctive. It’s also famous for its unique serving method: escanciar la sidra, the precarious art of pouring a bottle from above a drinker’s head into a glass held at waist height. More than just a party trick, the practice aerates the cider before it reaches the glass.

Washington gets its first Basque-style cider house this spring when ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar opens. At this event, experience a range of Basque ciders as Tim Prendergast, ANXO’s beverage director, and Basque Country native Estebe Salgado, a cider importer with Tradewinds Specialty Imports, lead guests through a tasting and talk about the beverage’s history and significance. SOLD OUT.

Amama film poster

June 17, 9:20 p.m.
Amama at the Festival of New Spanish Cinema
Organized by Pragda and SPAIN arts & culture
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland
silver.afi.com

This powerfully visualized drama of generational conflict signals the emergence of a vital Basque regional cinema. The crux of the film (called When a Tree Falls in English) is a farm which has remained in the same family for countless generations. But when the eldest son and heir apparent, like so many young Basque people, leaves for the city, the burden passes to his sister, an artist whose progressive ways place her at odds with her rigidly traditionalist father. The film’s title, which means “Grandma” in Basque, refers to the matriarch who will play a pivotal role in the sister’s attempt to bridge the divide between tradition and evolution. Tickets required.

Basque Journeys: Stories in Film

May 28, 2–4:30 p.m.
Basque Journeys: Stories in Film, Part Two
Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History
Fourteenth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
festival.si.edu

Basque Journeys: Stories in Film is a free film series that chronicles three perspectives on the dynamic histories and cultures of the Basque Country and Basque diaspora. After a brief introduction situating recent Basque history, we will present Asier ETA Biok (Asier and Me), a documentary-drama that recounts the story of two childhood friends from Basque Country. Aitor moves to Madrid and becomes a successful actor. Asier, long an antimilitary activist, ends up joining ETA, an armed Basque nationalist group.

Following the screening, local Basque American Mark Bieter will lead a conversation with guest scholars and artists. They will challenge us to reflect upon our stereotypes, discuss representing identity through film, and explore freedom of cultural expression.

Txotx! Second Edition

May 22, 6:30–9 p.m.
Txotx! Third Edition
Colony Club
3118 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
anxodc.com

We are teaming up with ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar, the DC Basque Club, and Colony Club to create Txotx! A Basque Ciderhouse Experience. Following two sold-out editions in March and April, this event brings the food, cider, and cultural traditions of Basque Country to D.C. Guests can sample pintxos (small bites) while enjoying a variety of Basque ciders. The most anticipated part of the event takes place on the patio, where guests will hear the call of “Txotx!” (CHO-ch) throughout the night as they fill their cups straight from a cider barrel. SOLD OUT.

Basque Journeys: Stories in Film

May 15, 1–4:30 p.m.
Basque Journeys: Stories in Film, Part One
Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History
Fourteenth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
festival.si.edu

Basque Journeys: Stories in Film is a free film series that chronicles three perspectives on the dynamic histories and cultures of the Basque Country and Basque diaspora. In the short drama Zuretzako (For You), we will explore the experiences of Basques immigrating to the United States in the 1950s through 1970s, and the conflict of leaving behind loved ones in order to provide for them. The iconic feature documentary Song of the Basques takes us to the Basque Country of today, revealing vibrant art, industry, food, drink, tradition, and creativity.

Filmmakers Javi Zubizarreta and Emily Lobsenz will present a Q&A following the screenings, discussing cinematography as expression, being Basque American, and the enchantment of innovation in tradition.

Symposium: Cultural Sustainability in the Age of Globalization

May 12, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Symposium: Cultural Sustainability in the Age of Globalization
Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.
folklife.si.edu

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan will host a one-day symposium exploring exemplary efforts to sustain local artistic practices and cultural identities in the face of ever-accelerating globalization. Participants include the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Alliance for California Traditional Arts director Amy Kitchener, musician Angelique Kidjo, and Peruvian weaver Nilda Callañaupa Álvarez, who participated in the 2015 Folklife Festival.

Find more information, a complete list of speakers, and schedule on folklife.si.edu.

Txotx! Second Edition

April 17, 6:30–9 p.m.
Txotx! Second Edition
Colony Club
3118 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
anxodc.com

We are teaming up with ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar, the DC Basque Club, and Colony Club to create Txotx! A Basque Ciderhouse Experience. Following a sold-out first run in March, this event brings the food, cider, and cultural traditions of Basque Country to D.C. Guests can sample pintxos (small bites) while enjoying a variety of Basque ciders. The most anticipated part of the event takes place on the patio, where guests will hear the call of “Txotx!” (CHO-ch) throughout the night as they fill their cups straight from a cider barrel.

In addition to food and drink, guests can learn to play mus, a popular Basque card game, and hear music of the txalaparta (xylophone-like instrument made of cider barrel parts) and the txistu (flute). 21+, SOLD OUT.

Sounds of California: Exploring Migration through Music on Radio

March 3, 8–10 p.m. EST (5–7 p.m. PST)
Sounds of California: Exploring Migration through Music on Radio
Airing on Radio Bilingüe
radiobilingue.org

Our program partner Radio Bilingüe will air a recording of the Sounds of California program held at the Oakland Museum on December 6, 2015. The event, hosted by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings director Daniel Sheehy, featured an Ohlone storyteller, a Filipino kulintang percussion ensemble, a West African dance troupe, and a Mixteco brass and dance group. The broadcast will include a live call-in discussion with listeners in the last half hour.

Mother Tongue Film Festival

February 22, 7 p.m.
Mother Tongue Film Festival: Loreak (“Flowers”)
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
807 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.
recoveringvoices.si.edu

Loreak (“Flowers”) was the first Basque language film ever selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. In partnership with the Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices initiative, we are screening Loreak for free as part of the Mother Tongue Film Festival, which celebrates the importance of native languages of indigenous communities around the world.

EXHIBITS

Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World
National Museum of the American Indian
americanindian.si.edu
Annual ceremonies based on cosmology and ancestral teachings of Californian Hupa and other North and South American Native communities

Infinity of Nations
National Museum of the American Indian, New York City
americanindian.si.edu
Cultural heritage of objects from Native communities from California and across the Americas


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