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  • Marketplace Takeover on Instagram—Enter to Win a Festival T-Shirt!

    Festival Marketplace
    The 2017 Festival Marketplace will again be located inside the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building.
    Photo by Josh Weilepp, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

    Since 1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has been sharing the stories of artists from around the world. However, the Festival does not end after the ten short days on the National Mall. The Festival lives on in the memories of its participants and visitors, and sometimes even in the homes of our guests.

    Through the Festival Marketplace, visitors can take home a piece of the Festival to treasure for years to come. Whether it’s a traditional stone carving from the Basque country, a handwoven basket from the Colombian Amazon, or Chinese paper cuts, the Marketplace offers tangible memories while supporting artisans worldwide. This week, follow our Marketplace Takeover on Instagram—we’re sharing some of our favorite items available in the 2017 Folklife Festival Marketplace and some special surprises!

    Throughout the week, we’ll post photos of selected items in the Marketplace. Tag a friend who you would like to shop at the Marketplace with and be entered for a chance to win a vintage Folklife Festival T-shirt. Three winners will be chosen randomly every day through June 24. See full contest rules here.

    Megan Simonsen is the social media coordinator for the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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