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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Overview Videos

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

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Introduction (Spanish Version)


June 1, 2012   No Comments

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Introduction


June 1, 2012   3 Comments

Video–ASL Introduction to Folklife Festival


This Festival introduction is presented in American Sign Language (ASL) and captions. It explains the various means through which theRead More

June 30, 2011   No 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