WASHINGTON FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL





REVIVING THE SILK ROAD

2002, August 18 - DAWN the Internet Edition: Some 350 exhibits that had been brought to this city to celebrate the cultural diversity and history of countries along the celebrated, ancient Silk Road.[More]


AGA KHAN LAUNCHES SILK ROAD FETE FOR 'PLURALISM'

2002, July 1 - THE EASTAFRICAN : The validation and vigorous promotion of human and cultural pluralism has been termed as the ultimate goal of the Silk Road project, which is financed by His Highness the Aga Khan. [More]


OUT AND ABOUT

2002, July 1 - Washington Post: The National Gallery's much-anticipated "Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt" opened Thursday night with a sneak peek forpharaohs, friends and patrons. More than 500 guests, including Egyptian Ambassador M. Nabil Fahmy, oohed and aahed at the appropriate places and then munched on dolmas and baklava in the East Building. [More]


SILK ROAD

2002, June 28 - WASHINGTON, PRNewswire: Currently the Silk Road Project, which is sponsored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), is headlining the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC . Below is a Hotlink to images from a concert of Central Asian music at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC in connection with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: [Pics] [More Pics] [Festival Pics]


CELEBRATION AT FREER-SACKLER

2002, June 28 -THE WASHINGTON TIMES: "I only do what I'm told," joked His Highness the Aga Khan, the guest of honor at Wednesday's annual Freer-Sackler galleries gala, when asked whether, as rumored, it had been his decision to make the affair "black-tie optional." [More]


SCORCHED SILK

2002, June 27 - Washington Post : ...This being the kickoff day of the highly publicized 36th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, dubbed "The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust," there were hundreds of entertainers and artisans competing for attention. This is, after all, the Smithsonian's most ambitious festival to date, one that showcases the food, music and culture of the many nations that made up the ancient Silk Road, a storied group of trade routes that connected Asia and Europe for centuries. [More]


GRAND SILK ROAD FESTIVAL IN WASHINGTON OPENS

2002, June 27 - The Frontier Post - ISLAMABAD: Truck painters, performers of Sufi music and Buddhist figurative carved stones represent Pakistan at a grand cultural festival celebrating the living heritage of the ancient Silk Road, which got underway in Washington DC on Wednesday.

The festival, titled The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Building Trust, constitutes the 2002 Smithsonian Folk life Festival and is being organised in two five-day spells separated by a two-day interlude. [More]



SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

2002, June 26 - Distinguished guests at the opening ceremony:  [More]


SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

2002, June 26 - Washington, DC -  His Highness Aga Khan lights the Tree of Life oil lamp to officially start the festival as the other distinguished guests look on.  State Department photo: Jeff Pugh. [More]


SECRETARY POWELL PARTICIPATES IN SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

2002, June 26 - US State Dept: Secretary Powell spoke at the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Washington Mall, kicking off the 10-day event, "The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust."  The theme for the festival, which is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and is being held June 26-30 and July 3-7, was conceived by internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who also is coproducing the event. Featuring the talents of numerous artists, musicians, chefs, and others, the festival celebrates the legendary Silk Road which connected Europe to Asia for many centuries, leading to further cross-cultural integration and sharing of ideas and goods between the East and the West. [More]


REMARKS AT THE OPENING OF THE SILK ROAD FESTIVAL

2002, June 26 Secretary Colin L. Powell at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC: Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you so very much, Richard, for that kind introduction, and my congratulations to The Smithsonian for putting on this 36th Annual Folklife Festival. [More]


AGA KHAN AND COLIN POWELL OPEN 'SILK ROAD' FESTIVAL IN WASHINGTON

2002, June 26 - WASHINGTON, PRNewswire -- "A search for new forces of stability," was how His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today described one of the pressing needs of the moment in Central Asia. One such force "that seems particularly essential," he said, "is the validation and vigorous promotion of human and cultural pluralism. [More]


U.S. NEWSWIRE SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

2002, June 26 - Details in short [More]


TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

2002, June 23 -Even in the age of satellite phones and global positioning systems, the route that brought East and West together is a world apart EVEN IN THE AGE OF SATELLITE PHONES AND GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS, THE ROUTE THAT BROUGHT EAST AND WEST TOGETHER IS A WORLD APART [More]


EXPECT THE WORLD

2002, June 23 -A small, dedicated group of believers from different hemispheres has dropped a big chunk of Asia on America's front lawn. Workers on the Mall reassemble a reproduction originally built in India of Afghanistan's Bamian Buddhas [More]


FOLKLIFE FOCUS ON SILK ROAD

2002, April 3 - The Washington Times: This year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival a tribute to the countries and cultures of the ancient and fabled Silk Road will be the most ambitious and logistically difficult in the event's 36-year history, officials said at yesterday's press conference announcing details of the spectacle, to take place on the National Mall June 26 through 30 and July 3 through 7. [More]


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