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School of Welsh at the Smithsonian Festival


The capital of the United States will take on a distinctly Welsh flavour this summer as Wales is set to be the features nation at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2009 (24 June-5 July). The Wales area of the festival, which will be the size of four football pitches, will offer a flavour of the cultural life of Wales to the more than one million visitors that the yearly event described as the ‘largest cultural conversation’ between the United States and the rest of the world.

Walter Ariel Brooks has been invited to participate in the festival to talk about his field of research – the Welsh settlement in Patagonia – , his experience as a Welsh-speaking Patagonian who currently lives in Wales, and to compare and contrast different aspects of both Welsh and Welsh-Patagonian culture.

The festival is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Smithsonian Institution, will provide an opportunity to raise the profile of Wales at the international level.