Wednesday, 24 June 2009

A Taste of Wales in the US of A

The 43rd annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival gets underway in Washington today and this year, Wales takes centre stage.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex and research organisation. It's composed of 19 museums, 9 research centres...and a zoo. Each year it arranges a festival to celebrate the cultural traditions of places inside and outside the United States. The event attracts around a million visitors each year.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan and a host of Welsh stars have gone over to the US to promote Welsh culture.

Betty Belanus is a senior curator at the Smithsonian Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. I spoke to her about the festival and about people's awareness of Wales in America.

Find more about the event here and here.

Dewi Dau


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

fascinating interview, she seems more enthusiastic about Wales and welsh culture than many of our politicians.