Welcome to Radio Bilingue's Coverage of the Festival

Colombia: The Nature of Culture

For the sixth summer season, Radio Bilingüe’s Línea Abierta team goes to Washington, DC’s National Mall to bring to the national airwaves and the worldwide web the festive sounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

This year, the festival features a program highlighting some of the best cultural traditions of Colombia, including basket and cloth weaving from the Andean Highlands, leather crafts from ranches in the Orinoco Plains, and performances from community rituals and celebrations in the Momposino Flood Plains.

The program, entitled Colombia: The Nature of Culture, will feature Colombian artists and performers who represent unique cultural traditions from the Andean Highlands, the Amazon Tropical Rainforest, the Pacific Rainforest, the Southeastern Plains, the coffee lands of Caldas, and from the cities of Bogotá, Cali, and Medellín.

Live Broadcasts

Chelis @ 2010 Festival
Chelis Lopez, photo: Tamara Orozco 2009

Radio Bilingüe will broadcast ten hours of musical concerts combined with interviews with artists, performers, and festival organizers.

The following regional musical traditions are planned for broadcast:

- Tambora, dance and singing with percussions
  from the Mompóx region,
- Chirimía music from the Colombian Pacific
- Ceremonial performances from the Amazon,
- Cantadoras de alabados, Afro-Colombian
  music from Chocó
- Carranguera music from the Andean villages,
- Bandola music from the coffee heartlands,
- Llanera music from the plains of Eastern



Cantadoras del Pacifico, photo: Tamara Orozco 2009

Thursday, July 7th, 3 PM – 5 PM Eastern Time, talk shows on Línea Abierta

Friday, July 8th, 3 PM – 5 PM Eastern Time, talk shows and music concert.  Click here for complete info and audio!

Saturday, July 9th, 5 PM – 8 PM ET, Three hours of musical concerts

Sunday, July 10th, 5 PM – 8 PM ET, Three hours of musical concerts

The special programs will air live and tape-delayed on a timely basis via Satélite Radio Bilingüe. The specials will also be available online via webcast, podcast and audio-on-demand archives on Radio Bilingüe’s website: www.radiobilingue.org. The series will also be available on the PRSS’s Content Depot.


Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011
Folklife Festival 2011, photo: Smithsonian

PRODUCERS: Radio Bilingüe is producing this series in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. Additional collaborations include community stations WRTE-FM in Chicago, and KPOO-FM in San Francisco, CA.


FUNDORS: The National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The James Irvine Foundation and the Ford Foundation.


For more information, contact María de Jesús Gómez at chuyag@radiobilingue.org, or 559-455-5782.



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