Smithsonian Institution
Festival Blog
Free Festival App
Festival Radio
Join Our Email Mailing List
Support the Festival

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Festival Video

Breaking and Blessing Ground for the Flower Plaque

Eight days before the opening of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, participants from Hong Kong began construction on the bambooRead More

June 24, 2014   No Comments

Hou Yi and the Ten Suns: A Chinese Folktale

Production and animation: Aurélie Beatley Narration: Karlie Leung The story of the archer Hou Yi goes back to at leastRead More

June 23, 2014   No Comments

Introducing Kenya at the Folklife Festival

The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the Republic of Kenya fifty years after its independence. Preston Scott, curator for Kenya: MamboRead More

June 21, 2014   No Comments

Music of the Inner Mongolian Grasslands

Band manager Zhu Zhizhong and musicians Baiyinmenghe, Baoyin, and Boerzhijinfu of the group Ih Tsetsn from Inner Mongolia speak andRead More

June 18, 2014   No Comments

Introducing China at the Folklife Festival

Meet the China: Tradition and the Art of Living program team preparing for the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Curators SojinRead More

June 16, 2014   No Comments

Conserving Kenya’s Coast, One Turtle at a Time

Sea turtles worldwide face endangerment due to pollution, poachers, fishing bycatch, beachfront development, and much more. Off the coast ofRead More

June 12, 2014   No Comments

Song of Spring: Traditional Miao Arts

Liang Xiaoying from Leishan in the Guizhou Province, sings two traditional Miao songs, “Song of Spring” and “Date When WeRead More

June 11, 2014   No Comments

Making Music, Mimicking Voices on the Miao Lusheng

Miao lusheng maker and player Mo Ming and singer Li Lingting perform in their home village of Leishan in GuizhouRead More

June 10, 2014   No Comments

Kallawaya Blessing Ceremony

The Kallawaya people, who make their home high in the Bolivian Andes, developed intricate systems of traditional medicinal practices andRead More

December 12, 2013   No Comments

Gábor Miklós Szőke and His Puli Dog Sculpture

The Hungarian contemporary artist Gábor Miklós Szőke created a large-scale Puli dog sculpture for the Hungarian Heritage: Roots to RevivalRead More

September 18, 2013   No Comments