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2012 Festival Blog - Special Events

LISTEN! NPR Talk of the Nation at the Festival


NPR’s live call-in show Talk of the Nation is broadcasting from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival TODAY, July 5, 2 toRead More

July 5, 2012   No Comments

Festival Audio – Hungarian Roma Music of Kálmán Balogh


Today we are featuring another Festival musical highlight, this time from the evening concert of Hungarian cimbalom master Kálmán Balogh.Read More

July 4, 2012   3 Comments

Festival Audio – Azerbaijani Music with Imamyar Hasanov and Pezhham Akhavass


So far one of this year’s musical highlights has been the evening concert performance of Azerbaijani music with Imamyar HasanovRead More

July 2, 2012   No Comments

Hungarian Roma Music at the 2012 Folklife Festival


Two ensembles will combine their musical talents for an evening concert at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival from 6 toRead More

June 30, 2012   No Comments

Festival Audio – Meshell Ndegeocello Pays Tribute to Chuck Brown


Our first installment of the 2012 Festival Audio series features a musical tribute to D.C. legend Chuck Brown. Meshell Ndegeocello’sRead More

June 29, 2012   1 Comment

Rinzler Memorial Concert: Celebrating Worth Long’s Legacy


Each year, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival presents a special evening concert to honor both its co-founder Ralph Rinzler (1934-1994) andRead More

June 29, 2012   No Comments

Azerbaijan at the 2012 Festival


The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival is proud to host two evening events featuring the tastes and sounds of Azerbaijan. LocatedRead More

June 28, 2012   No Comments

Save the Date: Festival Opening Ceremony on June 27


The 2012 Folklife Festival opens June 27 on the National Mall! The official start of the Festival—the opening ceremony—begins atRead More

June 25, 2012   2 Comments

Smithsonian Folkways Latino Music Concerts


Dan Sheehy, director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, talks about the special Latino music concert series featured at this year’s Festival.  SeeRead More

June 24, 2012   No Comments

Chuck Brown Loved Washington and Washington Loved Chuck Brown


The “Godfather of Go-Go,” Chuck Brown, passed away in May and the nation’s capitol mourned. Chuck had to cancel severalRead More

June 18, 2012   1 Comment