Wales Smithsonian Cymru 2009
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Take a scroll through our slideshow to see some of the images from the first week of the festival. Here Ceri Rhys Matthews leads musicians to Wales site at Smithsonian Festival on the opening day.
Welsh Dragon stage
Crowds at the festival's main stage - the Welsh Dragon stage.
The Welsh in USA
Find out what US place names have Welsh links on our USA map.
Rugby was included in the opening ceremony thanks to Owain Tudur of the Urdd.
Mike Davies, lovespoon carver, talks to visitors about his work.
TV chef Angela Gray presents as Geraldine Griffiths cooks in a 'Taste of Wales' demo.
The Wales site & Smithsonian castle
Welsh participants sing the national anthem on the festival site with the Smithsonian castle in the background.
The festival site on the National Mall in Washington DC is overlooked by the Capitol building.
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
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