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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2011 Festival Blog

Malian Bogolan Online Exhibition


We have just added an online exhibition about Malian Bogolan (mud cloth) to the website of the Center for FolklifeRead More

September 9, 2011   2 Comments

Soul Train Dance Party in 90 Seconds


We are happy to share this wonderful video of the June 30 Soul Train Dance Party. This was shot byRead More

August 30, 2011   1 Comment

Swamp Dogg performs “Total Destruction to Your Mind”


Swamp Dogg and company perform “Total Destruction to Your Mind,” the title song of Swamp Dogg’s first LP from 1970. JerryRead More

August 8, 2011   No Comments

Reflections on the Colombia Program of the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival/Reflexiones sobre el programa de Colombia del 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival


The Colombia program for the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was an incredible and dynamic success. By dividing the country intoRead More

August 5, 2011   1 Comment

Our Favorite 2011 Festival Flickr Images


After much deliberation, we’ve chosen seven of our favorite Flickr images of the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival: one each fromRead More

August 4, 2011   No Comments

Migdonio Rivas Ríos, Colombian Percussion Instrument Maker


Migdonio Rivas Ríos from Colombia’s Pacific Coast constructs percussion instruments for chirimía ensembles using local materials and techniques. As syntheticRead More

August 3, 2011   4 Comments

Mi experiencia como presentadora del programa de Colombia/My Experience as a Colombia Program Presenter


Debo reconocer que el Festival del Smithsonian me dejó profundamente conmovida y asombrada. Cuando se hablaba de exposiciones de humanosRead More

August 2, 2011   2 Comments

Festival Endnotes


The constant sounds of music have ceased, and the aroma of cooking food no longer wafts over the National Mall.Read More

July 22, 2011   1 Comment

Festival Audio – Conversation: “What Peace Corps Volunteers Do”


This installment of Festival Audio features a conversation with two returned Peace Corps volunteers: Jimmy Schneidewind, who served in MozambiqueRead More

July 22, 2011   1 Comment

Swamp Dogg Live!


Celebrated songwriter, producer, singer, musician, and performer Jerry “Swamp Dogg” Williams performs his song “Crawdad Hole.” Video shot by EricRead More

July 21, 2011   1 Comment