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2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 1, 2014

The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will feature two programs: “Kenya: Mambo Poa” and “China: Tradition and the Art of Living.” The Folklife Festival, inaugurated in 1967, honors people from across the United States and around the world. With approximately 1 million visitors each year, the Festival unites presenters and performers in the nation’s capital to celebrate the diversity of cultural traditions. It is produced by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

 

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2014 Folklife Festival: China

Mongolian music ensemble

Photo by Sojin Kim

Members of Ih Tsetsn, a Mongolian music ensemble based in Beijing. (Photo by Sojin Kim) 

2014 Folklife Festival: China

Kites

Photo by Jim Deutsch

Kites on display at the second China Intangible Cultural Heritage Exposition, a five-day event held at Taierzhuang Ancient Town in Zaozhuang, Shandong Province. (Photo by Jim Deutsch)

2014 Folklife Festival: China

Gao Yan works on a painting

Photo by Joshua Cogan

Gao Yan works on a painting for a piece that will be produced at the Yangliuqing New Year's Print Workshop in Tianjin, China. (Photo by Joshua Cogan)

2014 Folklife Festival: China

Calligrapher

Photo by Sojin Kim

A calligrapher uses water to form lines of poetry in People's Park in downtown Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Water calligraphy is a popular practice in many Chinese parks and public spaces. (Photo by Sojin Kim)

2014 Folklife Festival: Kenya

Dhows

Photo by David Coulson

While jumbo jets, crowded superhighways, and the Internet now move people and ideas around Kenya at an unprecedented pace, the graceful dhow remains a key vehicle for livelihood and exchange between Kenya's coastal communities and neighbors around the Indian Ocean. Dhow races also are a popular competitive sport along the Kenyan coast. (Photo by David Coulson)

2014 Folklife Festival: Kenya

Rendille woman weaving

Photo by Liz Ouma

The nomadic Rendille tribe lives in Marsabit County in northeast Kenya. This Rendille woman sits in the shade and weaves a rope, adorned in traditional colorful jewelry. (Photo by Liz Ouma)

2014 Folklife Festival: Kenya

Wood carver Hassan Atman

Photo by Joshua Cogan

Traditional craftsman Hassan Atman expertly carves intricate designs into this door frame in Lamu, Kenya. (Photo by Joshua Cogan) 

2014 Folklife Festival: Kenya

Pottery making in western Kenya

Photo by Preston Scott

Pottery-making is an important craft in many Kenyan communities. Near Lake Victoria in western Kenya, large clay pots are shaped and fired for use as cisterns to collect and store rainwater needed during dry periods. (Photo by Preston Scott)


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