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Hope Folklife Festival brings light to issues affecting Basque region

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the cultures of the Basque people through dance performances, food tents and cultural exhibitions at the National Mall where visitors were greeted with an over-sized white sign during Wednesday’s opening ceremonies.  The Basque people are an indigenous ethnic group location on the border of Spain and France. The people call themselves the euskaldunak, literally…

Native Euskara speakers celebrate the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, June 29. Photo by Hannah Seewald.

In Basque region, Euskara language celebrates culture; brings controversy

WASHINGTON–This year’s theme for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. is “resilient communities,” one including the Basque region, in northern Spain and southwest France, where people have wanted independence for a very long time due to their cultural differences. Euskara, the native language of the Basque people, is considered to be one of Europe’s…

This year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall celebrates Basque culture. Photo by Eli Siegman.

Nearly five decades of culture on the National Mall

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday to celebrate and learn more about the Basque region of France and Spain during the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Valerie Emerson, 58, visited the market place during Wednesday’s Opening Ceremonies at the Arts and Industries Building to buy products made in that region. Emerson, who said…

Traditional Mexican dancers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, June 29. Photo by Lauren Markwart.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival features international cultures

The opening ceremony of the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall commenced Wednesday to celebrate both Basque culture and the sounds of California. The Folklife Festival showcases each year cultural identity from the featured locations including art, food, dance, clothing and games. Jacob Jaureguy, 21, and Sebastian Caldoron, 22, are both from Spain’s…

Fireworks explode over the National Mall in Washington D.C. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Some district residents say terrorism thoughts always close on Independence Day

People in Washington D.C.’s Tenleytown neighborhood discussed their opinions Thursday regarding the potential terrorist attacks on July 4th, fearing the nation’s capital could be a target. Brittany Jones, 24, admitted that she is not one to celebrate the Fourth of July, but said she would fear the chance of terrorist attacks. “When you think about…

The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is showing six exhibits this summer.

Couple’s love and love of art on display at American University Museum

WASHINGTON–An overly-confident, extroverted poet and a timid, war-torn artist found a similar passion for mystical literature that flourished into one artistic relationship. Ten years after the death of 80-year-old Jess Collins, an artist, an art exhibit opens that gives a closer and detailed look into their relationship in the early 1950s called “An Opening of…