This year at the Folklife Fest we celebrate the Basques,
Plus the sounds of California, in kimonos and in masks.
They’re telling stories, singing songs, and cooking fancy snacks,
And if you’re curious about them, all you have to do is ask!
I’m learning to compose
, the Basque oral poetry. bertsos
You can learn , or pilota Quechan history.
Meet immigrants from all over, and see shadow puppetry.
Always learning from each other—that’s our philosophy.
Jaclyn Lasuen prepared for a performance at the Frontoia with the Oinkari Basque Dancers from Boise, Idaho. Photo by Gregory Gottlieb, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
With over thirty members, the Biotzetik Basque Choir makes up about one-tenth of 2016 Folklife Festival participants! Photo by Gregory Gottlieb, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
Tylana Enomoto added a layer of violin to the collective songwriting workshop with members of Quetzal and many creative visitors in The Studio. Photo by Gregory Gottlieb, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
On the Move discussion about the Japanese American experience, FandangObon members Nancy Sekizawa, George Abe, Nobuko Miyamoto, and Elaine Fukumoto, shared their families’ stories living in internment camps. Photo by Ronald Villasante, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
Today we welcomed several National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows, including master Dobro player Jerry Douglas. Photo by Ronald Villasante, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
Young visitors dashed to and fro outside the Txiki-Txoko Kids’ Corner in a corn cob race (
lokotx biltzea). Photo by Walter Larrimore, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
The Basque rural sports athletes admire the stone work of Bernat Vidal, who has been chipping away at this piece since Wednesday. Photo by Gregory Gottlieb, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
txalupa is slowly taking shape as master shipbuilders craft pieces of the frame with wood from the Basque country. Photo by Gregory Gottlieb, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
Radio Bilingüe producers SAmuel Orozco, Chelis López, and Hugo Morales find themselves right at home in the
Sounds of California program. Photo by Josh Weilepp, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
Despite a drizzly evening, visitors under a sea of umbrellas braved the rain to enjoy the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert honoring National Heritage Fellows. Thanks for sticking it out! Photo by Josh Weilepp, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
The Fourth of July will likely be a rainy one, but we will continue our events for as long as we safely can. Please check our website and
Twitter feed for any updates about closures.
Rain or shine, join us in the Arts and Industries Building for a
shadow puppet play about the immigrant experience in D.C. and Basque rock band Amuma Says No. If we can proceed outdoors, see Californian and Basque dancers comparing traditions, a final round of wood chopping, and an Indonesian . angklung ensemble
Elisa Hough is the editor for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.