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
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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