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It's a Small World

This year's Festival is aptly delineated in a word coined by Horace Walpole (1717 -1797) to name the happy discoveries one often makes unintentionally while in pursuit of another seemingly unrelated goal. Derived from an Iranian fairytale of three Sri Lankan princes who continually discover, by chance or by with things for which they were not searching, "serendipity" (from Serendip, an old name for Ceylon or Sri Lanka) describes the creative connections that have come to light among this year's four apparently unrelated Festival programs: French and French-American traditions, New Jersey traditions, the Folklife of Flight, and the National ...

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