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Streakers, Strollers and Students: What Kind of Festival Visitor Are You?


Museum visitors are often classified by evaluators as “streakers, strollers, and students,” terms apparently coined by Australian museum administrator GeorgeRead More

July 4, 2013   2 Comments

Festival Accessibility Resources


It is extremely important to us that the events and programs offered at the Folklife Festival are accessible to allRead More

June 19, 2013   No Comments

A Visit to the Warehouse


Thirteen miles east of the National Mall, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage supply and technical crews gearRead More

May 31, 2013   No Comments

Festival 2012: A Volunteer’s Reflections


I have volunteered and worked at several Smithsonian Folklife Festivals before, but I did not know what to anticipate whenRead More

July 11, 2012   No Comments

Festival Photo Daily Dozen: July 4, 2012


Happy Fourth of July! Great to be back out on the National Mall with all of the participants. A wonderfulRead More

July 4, 2012   No Comments

Happy July 4!


Wishing everyone a Happy July 4! Under sunny skies and a light breeze, there is great energy out here onRead More

July 4, 2012   No Comments

Festival Photo Daily Dozen: July 1, 2012


The Festival re-opened a day after a big storm swept through the D.C. area. Thanks to the staff, interns, volunteers,Read More

July 1, 2012   No Comments

Festival Is Open Today!


The Festival Is Open: Doors at 11 am We’re happy to announce the the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival is openRead More

July 1, 2012   No Comments

Festival Photo Daily Dozen: June 29, 2012


Despite the record temperature that topped 100 degrees, Day 3 of the Folklife Festival continued with more great performances, narrativeRead More

June 29, 2012   No Comments

Highlights from the Opening Ceremony


The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival opened with poignant words and diverse musical performances. Watch how the three Festival programs were introducedRead More

June 29, 2012   No Comments