2011 Special Events

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 by Festival visitor Yuri Vaysgant, who very concisely and elegantly captured the joy that the event inspired. Yuri is a Boston-based freelance photographer and filmmaker. He … Continue reading Soul Train Dance Party in 90 Seconds

Elizabeth Mitchell and Suni Paz Perform at Rinzler Memorial Concert

The life of Kate Rinzler was celebrated on July 9 with lively performances by two Smithsonian Folkways recording artists, Elizabeth Mitchell and Suni Paz. Mitchell, who has recorded two albums for Smithsonian Folkways, made her Festival debut, while renowned Argentinean songwriter/singer Suni Paz, who recorded several … Continue reading Elizabeth Mitchell and Suni Paz Perform at Rinzler Memorial Concert

Concert of Children’s Music to Remember Kate Rinzler

Each year the Smithsonian Folklife Festival holds a special evening concert to honor both its co-founder Ralph Rinzler (1934-1994) and a key person with whom he collaborated. Last July 9, the Festival remembered Kate Rinzler (1937-2010) at the annual Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert. To read about … Continue reading Concert of Children’s Music to Remember Kate Rinzler

Children’s Songwriters Performing on Saturday, July 9th at the Festival’s Rinzler Concert

Join us for a special children’s music concert on Saturday, July 9th at 5:30 p.m. on the World Stage in the Peace Corps Festival program area on the National Mall! Each year, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival holds a special evening concert in honor of the … Continue reading Children’s Songwriters Performing on Saturday, July 9th at the Festival’s Rinzler Concert

Festival Audio – Opening Ceremony Highlights

In this, our inaugural Festival Audio post, we are replaying highlights from the Opening Festival Ceremony recorded on June 30, 2011. Speakers include Daniel Sheehy, the Director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian; Lonnie Bunch, Director of … Continue reading Festival Audio – Opening Ceremony Highlights