D.C. Folklife Festival Celebrates Resilient Communities

WASHINGTON — Basque culture and California music are being celebrated this year at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival.

The free festival on the National Mall runs through Monday, July 4, and again July 7-10. This year’s festival celebrates resilient communities around the world with two programs: “Basque: Innovation by Culture” and “Sounds of California.” There are performances and demonstrations every day and concerts in the evenings.

Visitors can learn about the Basque culture, which spans northern Spain and southern France, with presentations about cooking techniques and Euskara language lessons. They can interact with artists in music workshops in the California program and learn about immigration and migration in the United States.

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