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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Happy holidays!  佳节愉快!  Siku kuu njema!

We're ramping up production on the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival after trips abroad, where we met with potential participants. Stay tuned for more information about the 2014 Festival. This month you can become a part of the Festival planning process by offering input for our upcoming program China Now: Tradition and the Art of Living.

Meet Our New Festival Director

Sabrina Lynn Motley, photo by Richard Watson

Sabrina Lynn Motley, senior director of programs and exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center, has been appointed director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. With a diverse background in arts, education, philanthropy, and community engagement, Motley is known for the development of content rich programming and a multidisciplinary approach to nurturing the work of artists and cultural organizations.

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New Smithsonian Folkways Releases: Dave Van Ronk and Elizabeth Mitchell

Subscriber discount: enter code CFCHDECEMBER13 to save 20% off retail price on these two CDs or album downloads through December 31, 2013.

Down in Washington Square

Called “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was a leading figure in the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades and is the inspiration for the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis.

The Sounding Joy

The Sounding Joy is a spirited collection of folk carols drawn from Ruth Crawford Seeger's 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas. Elizabeth Mitchell and a luminary list of her musical family, friends, and neighbors celebrate the spirit of community traditions.

Exploring Endangered Languages

Exploring Endangered Languages

Visit the Folklife Festival blog to explore the connections between language and culture. Intern Anne Pedersen asks, “What does it feel like to lose your language?” and shares her reflections on daily exchanges with the Koro, Festival participants from northeastern India. Learn about her experiences working on the One World, Many Voices program and the online interactive story map she helped to create.

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Support the Center

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In 2014, we will continue our collaborative efforts on the Folklife Festival program China Now: Tradition and the Art of Living, finalize a new strategic plan, and release Smithsonian Folkways recordings by Ella Jenkins, Flaco Jimenez & Max Baca, and The Seldom Scene. This is only a snippet of what 2014 holds for the Center, and none of it is quite as exciting or important without you. Please donate now. We thank you and wish you the best of the season!

Restaging Colombia

Restaging Colombia

Work at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage doesn't end on the last day of the Festival! Folklife Festival production manager Cristina Diaz-Carrera writes about Colombian Festival participants after their return to Colombia and the lasting impacts of the Festival experience on their daily lives.

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Image credits (from top to bottom): View into a business on Liulichang Street, Beijing, China, photo by Sojin Kim, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Sabrina Lynn Motley, photo by Richard Watson. Michael Mason and Cristina Diaz-Carrera pose with tango dancer Edinson Vanegas, photo by Sojin Kim.

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