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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 of special concerts and discussions. Here we present the entire panel discussion, “The Musical Life of Chuck Brown,” in which his band members shared their experiences of playing with the man … Continue reading The Musical Life of Chuck Brown

Creating a Citified Community on the National Mall

In reflecting on our experiences at the 2012 Folklife Festival, the team of interns from the Citified: Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia River program kept coming back to the concept of community. For us, the notion of community includes working together towards a common goal, bonding over shared … Continue reading Creating a Citified Community on the National Mall

Albus Cavus Art Collective

Albus Cavus is a non-profit collective of artists, educators, and visionaries who use art, science, and technology to improve public spaces and build healthy communities. At the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, scientist and Albus Cavus founder Peter Krsko discussed his inspiration for establishing the collective. Videography by Marinna Guzy and … Continue reading Albus Cavus Art Collective

South African Gumboot from the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers

The Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a dance company from the D.C. area, show off powerful footwork that sound out traditional African rhythms. They danced this traditional South African Gumboot at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Videography by Jamal Toye, John Wetmore, Kelsey Michael, Abby Sternberg, and Shaun Weber. Editing by … Continue reading South African Gumboot from the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers

Meet the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers

The Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a dance company composed of twenty-one young women, create powerful rhythms with their precise footwork based in traditional African dance and contemporary military drill movements. The Taratibu Youth Association creates a space for young performers interested in African and African American culture and history. Videography … Continue reading Meet the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers

Best of the Festival Gallery: Photos From Our Visitors

Today we bring you a selection of our very favorite visitor images from the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in our annual Best of the Festival gallery. Photographers selected for this final gallery will receive free Festival merchandise in acknowledgement of their participation. Sharing your photos on Flickr is your chance … Continue reading Best of the Festival Gallery: Photos From Our Visitors