2013 Special Events

The Most Powerful Poem You Have Ever Met: Alexis Gumbs at the 2013 Folklife Festival Closing Ceremony

Alexis Gumbs, a textile artist, political advocate, and presenter at the Will to Adorn program, reads a poem at the closing ceremonies of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Will to Adorn focused on the diversity of the African American community as seen through the lens of dress. Videography by David Barnes … Continue reading The Most Powerful Poem You Have Ever Met: Alexis Gumbs at the 2013 Folklife Festival Closing Ceremony

2013 Rinzler Memorial Concert: The Seldom Scene

Since 1971 The Seldom Scene, a progressive bluegrass band, has been delighting fans around the world with their unique blend of bluegrass infused with country music, rock and classical pop. They performed their popular rendition of “Big Train (To Memphis)” at the Ralph Rinzler Memorial concert. Video by: Hannah Balcomb, … Continue reading 2013 Rinzler Memorial Concert: The Seldom Scene

¡Kashnami Kawsanchik! This Is How We Live!

Prior to my first trip to Ecuador in 2010, I spent my teenage summers combing through stacks of CDs sold by Otavalan merchants at venues like the Great New York State Fair. When I traveled to Otavalo during the Hatun Puncha-Inti Raymi summer solstice festival, I expected to hear groups … Continue reading ¡Kashnami Kawsanchik! This Is How We Live!

Festival Photo Daily Dozen: June 30, 2013

Week One of the Festival has concluded. Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and involvement in the various programs and activities. Despite some soggy weather, the Festival site has been hopping with activity and energy. As the artists take a two-day breather and we straighten up the area for Week Two, our … Continue reading Festival Photo Daily Dozen: June 30, 2013

Previewing China 2014: Dimen Dong Folk Chorus

This summer we are honored to present a special preview of the 2014 program focusing on China, which is a collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. On Sunday, June 30, the Dimen Dong Folk Chorus of Guizhou Province will perform a 6:00 p.m. evening … Continue reading Previewing China 2014: Dimen Dong Folk Chorus

Photos From Our Festival Visitors: Flickr Gallery #1

Today we bring you our very first Flickr gallery of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Take a look! You can upload and share your own images to the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Flickr Group here. We pick a few of our favorite visitor photos or videos every day, and take … Continue reading Photos From Our Festival Visitors: Flickr Gallery #1

Highlights from the Opening Ceremony

The 47th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival welcomed a host of international participants. The Opening Ceremony started off with a lively performance from Szalonna and His Band and included dance performances and Tuvan throat singing. Secretary of the Smithsonian Dr. G. Wayne Clough opened the Ceremony by introducing the 2013 Festival. … Continue reading Highlights from the Opening Ceremony