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Wales Smithsonian Cymru 2009

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Wales was the featured nation at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, from 24 – 28 June and 1 – 5 July.

The festival is an annual cultural festival run by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, a research and educational unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The festival celebrates the cultural traditions of communities from across the United States and from around the world.

Over 130 participants represented Wales at the event, on an area the size of four football pitches. Different themed areas each told a different story of:

Music, poetry and our stories were also showcased at The Square Mile, on the Welsh Dragon stage and at our rugby club.

“Wales Smithsonian Cymru will present a dynamic view of Wales, its cultural and economic impact on the world, with themes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary and highlighting diversity and innovation – past, present and future. We will highlight the use of traditional methods to create new green solutions, products and processes. Indeed, the overarching theme of the Wales presence in the US capital will be sustainability.”

First Minister of Wales, Rhodri Morgan - speaking ahead of his visit to Washington to launch the festival programme in March

Document Download: Keeping up with the Joneses - the story of Wales and the Welsh in the USA
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Document Download: Daily Planner Washington DC
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Document Download: Wales in Washington map of venues
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