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2012 Festival Blog - Behind the Scenes

To Old Friends in New Places!


Today, the Center bids farewell and congratulations to two great colleagues: Stephen Kidd, Festival director, and Eileen Wayner, assistant toRead More

July 27, 2012   No Comments

Behind the Scenes: After the Storm


The 2012 Folklife Festival closed June 30 due to storm damage. The Smithsonian and Festival teams  worked tirelessly, even asRead More

June 30, 2012   12 Comments

The Participants Have Arrived


The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival opens in less than twenty-four hours and the National Mall is a hub of activityRead More

June 26, 2012   3 Comments

Meet the Folklife Festival Volunteers


On Saturday, June 23, the volunteers for the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival came to the Mall for their annual orientation.Read More

June 25, 2012   No Comments

2012 Festival Preview with Festival Director Stephen Kidd


I sat down with Stephen Kidd, director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, to talk about what makes this year’s programRead More

June 24, 2012   No Comments

Artist Profile: BK Adams. I AM ART


When joining the Folklife festival team, I was given brief profiles of all the participants that were a part ofRead More

June 22, 2012   No Comments

Behind the Scenes: Festival Installation


If you have found yourself walking past the National Mall over the past few days, you might have noticed anRead More

June 21, 2012   2 Comments

Stocking up for Quilting


With participants arriving in less than two weeks, the Festival’s Supply Team has been rapidly amassing materials for each program.Read More

June 15, 2012   No Comments

It’s a Learning Experience: Inside Participant Orientation for the Citified Program


In preparation for this summer’s Folklife Festival, the Citified staff team met up with the program participants at the AnacostiaRead More

June 12, 2012   No Comments

Festival Production


We know we’re in the home stretch towards Festival opening day when the production/exhibition crew starts moving out onto theRead More

June 4, 2012   2 Comments