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2012 Festival Blog

Sounds of Nature in Music


During a “cross-program” presentation at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, participants demonstrated the influence of nature on their musical traditions.Read More

July 12, 2013   No Comments

Festival Photo Daily Dozen: June 29, 2013


The Puli dog sculpture, which artist Gabor Miklos Szoke has been constructing in the Hungarian Heritage program area, was movedRead More

June 29, 2013   No Comments

Olive Lewin (1927-2013): A Life of Service


Dr. Olive Lewin—renowned Jamaican musicologist, folklorist, singer, actress, and community servant—transitioned last week at the age of eighty-five. She wasRead More

April 23, 2013   No Comments

A Corrido of Struggle: Remembering Roberto Martínez and the Black Berets through “El Corrido de Córdova y Canales”


Inspired by the Black Panthers and Latin American revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and formed in 1969, Las Gorras Negras (TheRead More

March 16, 2013   1 Comment

Celebrate International Women’s Day: Take Action!


This Friday, March 8, 2013, marks International Women’s Day, first celebrated in the United States in 1909 and now observedRead More

March 8, 2013   No Comments

Working Magic, Occupations of the Film Industry: Introducing Matt Noonan, Location Manager


Matt Noonan is often the first on a location film set and the last to leave. He also probably hasRead More

March 6, 2013   No Comments

Senator Justin Morrill at the 2012 Festival


Longtime Festival volunteer Robert Scow shares this 26-minute video he produced of Jon Vrana’s interpretation of Senator Justin Morrill atRead More

January 3, 2013   No Comments

Remembering Senator Daniel K. Inouye


As members of the public pay their last respects to Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the Center for Folklife and CulturalRead More

December 20, 2012   3 Comments

Hula: Preserving Native Hawaiian Language and Culture


UNUKUPUKUPU is the name of the rigorous hula curricula of Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō at Hawai‘i Community College, University of Hawai‘iRead More

December 12, 2012   2 Comments

The Musical Life of Chuck Brown


The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival paid tribute to the late Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” with a day ofRead More

December 3, 2012   No Comments