Day Six: Top 10 Photos
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“The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, actually, was an effort to put something on the Mall in Washington so American tourists could walk through America, and in their minds everything on the Mall would be American.”
—Bernice Johnson Reagon, musician, former Smithsonian staff
While the city and the nation observed Independence Day, we continued our celebration of Armenia and Catalonia—all the while showing our shared heritage and the connections between these distant regions and our home.
Tomorrow, you can start the day by learning how to use West African resist-dye methods with Ghanaian designer Cynthia Sands in the Marketplace. Create your own tiny tonir, a traditional Armenian oven, out of clay to take home. How do you celebrate? Watch and join wedding and celebration dances from Armenia at the Aygi Stage. Discuss gender and pop culture with participants from Catalonia, or witness the mosaic talents of Lívia Garreta, who works within a tradition popularized by Antoni Gaudí. At the Hatsatoun, learn how to dry greens, herbs, and fruits to capture their flavor and how to use them to make teas.
Ready to put everything you learned at the Festival to the test? At 6 p.m. in the Catalonia dining area near the Smithsonian Metro entrance, join us for Happy Hour Trivia. Entry is free, and winning teams will be rewarded with coupons for artisanal gelato!
At the end of the night, enjoy music of mixed traditions: Secret Trio presents Armenian, Turkish, and Macedonian Roma chamber music while Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés create folk music from field recordings and record libraries in Catalonia. Stick around until after the music to see the fiery torch procession of the Falles del Pirineu.
Elisa Hough is the editor for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Rachel Barton is the media intern for the 2018 Folklife Festival. Together they are Team Festival Blog.