Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 26 – 30 & July 3 – July 7, 2013

Get your folk on at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. Happening for two weeks every summer, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival features musicians, artists, performers, craftspeople, cooks, and storytellers that demonstrate the contemporary culture, aesthetics, vitality and traditions of communities and countries from around the globe. Presented by the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, this annual festival is an international expo of living cultural heritage that brings millions of people together on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival showcases the traditions, arts and music from more than 90 nations, including the regions and ethnic communities of the United States, 100 American Indian tribes, and 70 occupations. Enjoy days of fun on the National Mall with a diversity of programs, live music, song, dance, celebratory performances, craft and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, illustrations, and cultural discussions.

One of the most exciting programs this year is Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival, celebrating the vibrant culture, language, crafts, costumes and cuisine of Hungary. See musicians, dancers, and artisans from urban settings who have revived and infused older traditions into their modern lifestyles.

The One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will highlight language as a part of our human heritage. Musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, craftspeople, and educators will share the artistry and identity of their languages.  Performances, craft demos, community celebrations, and activities will express how ancestral tongues embody cultural knowledge, technologies, and the arts.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a carnival of cultures and a colorful celebration of global humanity. For more details on this cool DC event, click http://www.festival.si.edu.

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