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Peruvian Culture:‘Kaypi Perú Festival’ 6 days of music, dance, culture

An Ayacucho artist painting a horse figurine.
An Ayacucho artist painting a horse figurine.
© Alex Bryce / PromPerú at the Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is hosting this Peruvian cultural festival along with the Embassy of Peru and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru. In the native tongue of Quechua, Kaypi Perú is translated, “This is Peru.”

Through countless traditional music and dance performances; by experiencing excellent customary food and drink; including fine visual arts to free fun hands-on children and family activities, which will pay tribute to a distinctive Peruvian culture. Festival begins on Tuesday, July 29, through Sunday, Aug. 3.

The Mitsitam Native Foods Café will feature a joint menu of Peruvian delicacies available for purchase in the South America section of the café and prepared by the Embassy of Peru’s chef, Jorge Gomez and the museum’s executive chef, Richard Hetzler.

Meet master distiller Johnny Schuler from Pisco Porton, to partake of the “Pisco Experience” at the Mitsitam Espresso Bar daily at 3, 3:45 and 4:30; however, there will be a 30 min. presentation on the 500 year history of the traditions of Pisco, the national spirit of Peru. Seating is limited to a first come basis.

One of the hands-on activities are led by two Peruvian artists, Virgilio Ore and Antonieta Merida, are available at 11am and 2pm. Participants will learn about the Andean and Peruvian culture and then work with clay to create a piece to take home.

Free tickets are required for all activities for imagiNATIONS, museum’s activity center, and all activities are recommended for ages 4 and up. Hands-on activities with staff from the National Geographic are available at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Also, during the hours of 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. the staff from ARKive will read stories on life of Peruvian kids and go to drawing stations and with colored pencils they are encouraged to illustrate the story read.

On the ground level, throughout the Potomac Atrium of the museum, “The Mountain Institute” presents their high altitude world through photography, by Daniel Byers, Florencia Zapata and David Johnson. In addition, the ACA will exhibit 30 photographs taken by Gabby Salazar in caves and throughout southeastern Peru.

The film screenings are outstanding visual stories that represent a visual diversity of images in the Peruvian world, decedents of the ancient Inka Empire framing the cantata flower, emblem of Inka Empire and the national flower of Peru. See … Llamanaani: Por la Ruta de la Cantuta by Roberto Aldave.

Join the festival on social media by posting images and using the hashtag #KaypiPeru.

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