41st Annual Texas Folklife Festival

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41st Annual Texas Folklife Festival

A celebration of all things Texan at Institute of Texan Cultures

 
SAN ANTONIO – "No matter how diverse our ancestry, we are all Texans. This is all the Institute of Texan Cultures ever had to say, and the Texas Folklife Festival seems to be a good way to show it."
 
These words from Henderson Shuffler, the first director of the Institute of Texan Cultures, have greeted museum guests at an exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Texas Folklife Festival. The 41st edition of the Institute of Texan Cultures’ signature event is June 8 to 10.
 
The Texas Folklife Festival is an opportunity to meet Texans from nearly 40 unique cultural groups and come to understand them through music, dance, food, craftsmanship, demonstrations and more.
 
"The Texas Folklife Festival is true to its roots," said festival director Jo Ann Andera. "The faces may change, time might have claimed some of our friends and participants, but the Texas Folklife Festival and the Institute of Texan Cultures are as important today as the first day we opened the gates."
 
Much like HemisFair introduced new cultures to San Antonio and Texas, Folklife continues the tradition and has welcomed new cultures that have made Texas their home: Bangladeshis, Bulgarians, Indonesians, Jamaicans and other cultures eager to make their presence known. It has also reminded Texans of their multicultural roots, with some cultures forming a strong backbone of the festival: Chinese, German, Greek, Mexican, Lebanese and Polish, to name a few.
 
New for the 2012 festival, attendees can enjoy Italian dessert classics from the Christopher Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, ethnic hotdogs from "Perritos Calientes" or a variety of crepes from Crepe Crazy. New performers include Ballet Folklorico Itzel, Ritmo Colombiano, and the Okinawan drummers of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko.  Also, guests can visit with new cultural groups including Casa Argentina San Antonio and Casa do Brasil en San Antonio, at their information tables.
 
"We wanted to show them that we were different, yet the same," said festival founder O. T. Baker. "We’re from every place, but we’re still proud to be here as citizens working together as friends."
 
The Texas Folklife Festival features nearly 40 cultural groups, represented by 250 participating organizations; a menu of some 150 items; 60 skilled craftsmen and demonstrators and six stages of traditional and contemporary music and dance.
 
The 2012 Texas Folklife Festival is June 8 to 10 at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Admission is Adult (13+): $10 in advance*, $12 at the gate; Child (6-12): $5 in advance*, $5 at the gate; Children 5 and under are FREE. Group sales of 20 or more adult tickets are available in advance only, for $8 each. There may be convenience fees for advance purchase at some locations and online. Advance tickets are available at HEB Stores, Ft. Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB and the ITC museum store.
 

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