Peru's program dazzled the crowds at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, held in Washington D.C. The event organizers chose Peru as the sole host of the 49th Folklife Festival, under the slogan "Peru Pachamama." One of the main goals was to share Peruvian culture, traditions, and architecture, which fascinated festivalgoers and brought people from different countries together in one place.
This year, the show ran from June 24th through 28th and continued from July 1st through 5th. Music was provided by Susana Baca, Julie Freundt and Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón, who wowed all the guests with their original voices and brought the huge crowd to its feet in a standing ovation. Typical dances, such as the hatajo de los negritos, the marinera mochera and the huayno from Junín, won praise as part of the artistic show. They were performed by a large dance troupe that amazed the audience.
The flavor of Peruvian food also captivated everyone who went to the festival. Festivalgoers enjoyed exquisite versions of typical dishes that are made with the wide variety of Peruvian products and ingredients. Weavers from various communities in the Urubamba province of Cusco also won the praise and admiration of the crowd. They shared their skills and ancestral techniques with attendees, demonstrating how they create both traditional and contemporary designs with their different weaves.
Those who visited the Folklife Festival also witnessed the construction of an Inca rope Q’eswachaka bridge. The replica was built by Victoriano Arizapana and Eleuterio Ccallo, who constructed it using the same methods as the original in Cusco. This Peruvian bridge was designated Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO because it is part of the Qhapaq Ñan, a road system that united the ancient Inca empire.