The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Culture Heritage announced recently that its 2016 Folklife Festival will showcase Basque culture. The 2016 Festival will take place Wednesday, June 29, through Monday, July 4, and Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 10. It will be located on the National Mall, between Fourth and Seventh streets, adjacent to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Admission to the Festival is free, and hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with special evening events beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Festival is co-sponsored by the Regional Government of Biscay and presented in partnership with the National Park Service.

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Basque-American lauburu. by Joebengo, via Wikimedia Commons

The program will be curated by cultural and linguistic revitalization specialist Mary Linn and folklorist and ethnomusicologist Cristina Díaz-Carrera. More information about the 2016 Festival will be released shortly.

To read the original announcement in full, click here.

For a good introduction to the Basques, check out Basque Culture: Anthropological Perspectives, by William A. Douglass and Joseba Zulaika.