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Preview Festival Foodways Demonstrations


Food consumption and preparation is universal to the human experience, and foodways provide an excellent window into many cultures. AtRead More

June 25, 2011   3 Comments

2011 Festival Marketplace


Located adjacent to the Freer Gallery of Art, this year’s Marketplace features crafts, jewelry, textiles, and recordings related to theRead More

June 25, 2011   2 Comments

Are You Smarter Than a Curator?


Smithsonian Folkways director Daniel Sheehy challenges you to the Folklife edition of “Are You Smarter Than a Curator?” quiz! ThisRead More

June 24, 2011   No Comments

Remembering Kate Rinzler


Each year the Smithsonian Folklife Festival holds a special evening concert to honor both its co-founder Ralph Rinzler (1934-1994) andRead More

June 24, 2011   2 Comments

Smithsonian Staff Photographers at the Folklife Festival


Smithsonian staff photographers Hugh Talman, Richard Strauss, Jeff Tinsley and Harold Dorwin reflect on their experience documenting the Smithsonian FolklifeRead More

June 23, 2011   2 Comments

Experiencing the Festival


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is often described as the “world’s largest cultural conversation,” and as a “museum without walls.” FirstRead More

June 15, 2011   No Comments