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2014 Festival Blog - Behind the Scenes

Sole-Searching: The Dolphin in the Trash Can


Three and a half weeks after the Folklife Festival, there are still a few pieces to pick up. Participants settledRead More

July 30, 2014   No Comments

Kites and Colleagues: Words from an Intern


My high school offers an end-of-year program for graduating seniors, Senior Experience, during which we complete a three-week internship insteadRead More

July 19, 2014   No Comments

Behind the Scenes at the Festival Hotel


Even though the Folklife Festival is already halfway complete, people have only recently stopped arriving! In the past week, I’ve made sixRead More

July 1, 2014   No Comments

Visitors Count! Surveying at the Folklife Festival


For the past two Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, I have been in charge of “counting and surveying” at the event—getting aRead More

June 29, 2014   No Comments

Who Is Tian Tian?


The flower plaque at the entrance to China: Tradition and the Art of Living at the 2014 Folklife Festival prominently features aRead More

June 25, 2014   No Comments

Breaking and Blessing Ground for the Flower Plaque


Eight days before the opening of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, participants from Hong Kong began construction on the bambooRead More

June 24, 2014   No Comments

Introducing Kenya at the Folklife Festival


The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the Republic of Kenya fifty years after its independence. Preston Scott, curator for Kenya: MamboRead More

June 21, 2014   No Comments

Hong Kong Crew Begins Work on Flower Plaque


Not every Smithsonian staff meeting ends in ceremonial fire. Trust us, it’s an exciting place to work, but Tuesday wasRead More

June 19, 2014   No Comments

Introducing China at the Folklife Festival


Meet the China: Tradition and the Art of Living program team preparing for the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Curators SojinRead More

June 16, 2014   No Comments

Commemoration and Competition: Celebrating Dragon Boat Festival in China


Commemoration People tell different stories to explain the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival, which occurs on the fifth dayRead More

June 2, 2014   No Comments