The Colombian embassy just announced that the South American country will be featured prominently at the Smithsonian Institute's Folklife Festival this year. The exhibition, titled Colombia: The Nature of Culture, will celebrate both the natural beauty and bio-diversity of the country, as well as the rich cultures and traditions that make Colombia unique.
Six ecosystems indigenous to Colombia will be explored through the program: the Andes mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, the Andean Savannah, the Southeastern Plains, the coffee region of Caldas, as well as the urban centers of Bogotá, Medellín, and Calí. At least one hundred Colombian artists will come to the National Mall in Washington D.C. to demonstrate religious ceremonies, traditional medicine practices, play music, cook local food and display Colombian artisanal crafts.
It's a unique opportunity to learn more about this important country that has suffered through drug violence, an ongoing civil war and recent floods, but manages to produce some of the unique cultural traditions in all of South America. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is one of the most important events for the institute and has spanned over 30 years. Check it out from June 30 to July 11 in Washington DC.
To learn more visit: www.festival.si.edu