Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2016

In 2016, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival theme was ‘Basque: Innovation by Culture.’ The two-weekend summer festival focused on Basque culture, especially on the innovation the people have brought to every part of life. The festival included musical performances by 11 Basque artists, dance performances by 8 groups, as well as dance workshops open to the public.

BDanceTroupeUtah’ko Triskalariak, a dance group from Utah that performed at the festival.

     The festival also showcased craftsmanship such as ironwork, stone carving, and painting. Food was also a central feature; farm and cuisine traditions were represented by a number of chefs and artisans. Three Basque movies were also screened during the festival. Unfortunately, the festival changes each year, so this year (2017) is not Basque-themed, but it looks like it was a very cool cultural experience!


Basque food at the festival.

Here’s the link on the Smithsonian website if you’d like to see more: 

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One Response to Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2016

  1. laleman2 says:

    I think it’s awesome how these folkloric dances are still a tradition in the Basque Country after all of these years! I have friends who are Croatian and Irish and they did very similar traditional dancing when they were younger. I like that certain countries still hold on dearly to their traditions and want to keep them going for centuries to come.

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