Published on June 28th, 2011 | by Mark Chesnut

Colombia Comes to Washington D.C. During Smithsonian Festival

Washington D.C. may be a long way from Bogotá, Colombia, but for several days this year, it will feel a little bit closer. During this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival — which runs from July 1 through 4 and July 7 through 11 — the traditions, diversity and culture of Colombia will be vibrantly present. 

The “Nature of Colombian Culture” program at the festival will showcase the talents of individuals from nine different regions of the country. Here are some of the most interesting names participating in the event.

• María Dilia Dávila Ríos and her daughter Lida Isabel Hernández Dávila, from the coffee region, who will be present to make hats from the iraca palm. 

• Oscar Pupo, a cheese maker from the Momposino Depression region, who will demonstrate the making of queso de capa, a cheese similar to soft mozzarella. 

• Grupo Cabrestero, a musical group that plays Colombian cowboy and ranch music. 

• Johanna Palacios and Edinson Vanegas, from Medellín, who are accomplished tango dancers. 

To view the exact schedule and read more about all the performers and participants, visit the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival online. 

For more information about travel to Colombia, visit — and also check out LatinFlyer’s Colombia travel section for hotel reviews and travel tips. 

Looking for inspiration for your trip to Colombia? Check out 
5 Reasons to Visit (and Love) Bogota

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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