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Intangible Cultural Heritage, Within Reach

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Countless times throughout the Festival as I walked through the One World, Many Voices site, I couldn’t help but feelRead More

Favorite Festival Moments from Folklife Center Staff

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Even with a million things to do to ensure that the Folklife Festival goes off without a hitch, the staffRead More

A Folklife Festival Guide for Kids

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Bringing the kids to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this weekend? We have compiled a guide of suggested activities, performances, and foodsRead More

Festival Video: 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Welcome to the forty-eighth annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year we celebrate the cultures of Kenya and China. With overRead More

Hugh Masekela Speaking at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
South African jazz musician and activist visited the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, D.C., in 2014. During an open interview, he shared his thoughts on sustaining cultural heritage through music. Video and editing: Charlie Weber [Catalog No. CFV10977; Copyright 2018, Smithsonian Institution]

Smithsonian Summer Showdown: Vote for the Festival!

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
This summer, twenty-four Smithsonian museums and centers are competing to find the one object that best represents the Smithsonian—and you can helpRead More

14 The Will To Adorn | Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

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Diana N'Diaye presents the Smithsonian's "The Will to Adorn" app, designed to collect your stories about the choices you make everyday when you dress for school, work, fun, or special occasions. The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity is a multi-year, collaborative folk cultural research and public presentation project based at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. To learn more about the project visit http://www.festival.si.edu/2013/Will_to_Adorn/project/index.aspx. Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-will-to-adorn/id645183356

Capturing the Social Life in Folklife

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
As the first new media projects employee for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, I’ve been excited to introduceRead More

Traditions Today: China at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
China has experienced unprecedented economic growth in recent years, resulting in the rapid transformation of its urban landscapes and theRead More

Traditional Craft vs. Academia: Living the Folklife

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
I was inching toward the end of graduate school when I started work as the supply coordinator for the 2009Read More

Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 2: Food

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 1: Chinatowns Whenever I travel to New York or Philadelphia, I make time to go toRead More

Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 1: Chinatowns

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
During Thanksgiving of my sophomore year of college, my friends from Hong Kong and I visited Chicago. Our first mealRead More

Capturing the Folklife Festival: A Student Perspective

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Editor’s note: The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage partnered with ARTLAB+, the Hirshhorn Museum’s digital media studio forRead More

Remembering Pete Seeger at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The world lost a major figure in American arts and activism on January 27. Pete Seeger, who revolutionized through music,Read More

A Reunion of Ancient Cultural Roots

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Growing up in China, the word “reunion” (tuan ju 团聚) always reminded me of a crowded, cozy, and chatty occasionRead More

Painting Peru: Cultural Identity in Murals

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
In developing the Perú: Pachamama program, the curatorial team crisscrossed the country, from the urban scenes of Lima and IquitosRead More

Visitors Count! Surveying at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
For the past two Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, I have been in charge of “counting and surveying” at the event—getting aRead More

Cross-Cultural Connections at the Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Before beginning my internship with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, I could not have imagined what aRead More

Cultural Sustainability and Traditional Crafts in Bhutan

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
In the mountains of central Bhutan, a small group of craftspeople are struggling to sustain traditional practices that are disappearingRead More

Introducing Kenya at the Folklife Festival

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

Introducing China at the Folklife Festival

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

Welcome to the 2014 Folklife Festival!

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” –Chinese proverb For forty-eight years, theRead More

People and Landscapes: Kenya at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
As preparations for the 2014 Folklife Festival begin, participants from all over Kenya are getting ready to make the journeyRead More

A Musical Review: Instruments of the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
With dozens of musicians and dancers from two countries, the Festival boasted a wide variety of musical instruments in itsRead More
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