Smithsonian Folklife Festival highlights Hungarian heritage

Tuva throat musician Konstantinovich Tamsyn performs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. (WTOP/Hank Silverberg)

WASHINGTON – It’s been a summer tradition on the National Mall for 47 years now. This year the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has a Hungarian theme.

The nine-day festival that began Wednesday features a nod to “Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival.” It will feature more than 100 dancers, musicians and craftsman from Hungary.

An exhibit called “One World, Many Voices.” will focus on 16 languages that are dying out.

The festival runs through June 30, and then again from July 3 to July 7. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

Among the more interesting performances, will be the guttural sounds of throat music from the Republic of Tuva which is in Russia, just northwest of Mongolia.

The festival also showcases an African American Heritage project called “The Will to Adorn.” Among the styles are clothes worn during the civil rights movement.

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