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Smithsonian Folk Festival attracts 1 million visitors

08 July 2014, 14:47

Nairobi - The 48th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival closed in Washington on Sunday, attracting about one million local people and tourists from all over the world.

During the two-week event, mainly themed "China: Tradition and the Art of Living," and " Kenya Mambo Poa", visitors experienced and enjoyed the living traditions of the world's most populous country and Kenya's uniqueness.

Some 120 Chinese folk artists, including musicians, dancers, craftspeople and cooks, displayed how the Chinese, despite current changes and pressures, are working to preserve and adapt their traditional culture.

There were also close to 70 Kenyan artistes, musicians and comedians at the festival.

Outdoor on the National Mall in the U.S. capital city, the event is jointly sponsored by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the China International Culture Association.

The festival offered visitors a chance to watch craftspeople making paper cuts, New Year's prints, clay figurines, kites and sachets and to get close to artists specializing in embroidery, batiks and porcelain.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, inaugurated in 1967, honors people from across the U.S. and around the world and celebrates the diversity of cultural traditions.

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