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2014 Festival Programs Launch
2014 Festival Programs Launch

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is proud to announce our 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs. China and Kenya will be featured at this summer’s Festival, from June 25 to 29 and July 2 to 6 in Washington, D.C. We are bringing kite-makers, puppeteers, traditional musicians, and delicious food to the National Mall. Make sure to plan your summer accordingly—you don’t want to miss this year’s Festival! It is truly an expression of cultural democracy that connects people around the globe.

China: Tradition and the Art of Living

Kenya at the Smithsonian

Join us! Intern for the Folklife Festival

Join us! Intern for the Folklife Festival

The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival is right around the corner, and we need your help to make it a success. Interns can work on the China or Kenya programs; document the Festival as photographers, videographers, or editors; help with social media and public relations; assist with special events, educational projects, and more! Bonus points if you speak Mandarin or Kiswahili.

The deadline for submitting an application is March 15.

Light the Lantern for Lantern Festival

Light the Lantern for Lantern Festival

On February 14, Chinese communities and others around the world celebrated Lantern Festival, which concludes 15 days of Lunar New Year festivities. Joan Hua, program assistant for China: Tradition and the Art of Living at the 2014 Folklife Festival, shares folk traditions associated with Lantern Festival, her own memories of the celebration, and a sneak peek of some programming for the Folklife Festival.

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Honoring Pete Seeger: The Playlist

Honoring Pete Seeger: The Playlist

Help us honor the life, music, and ideals of Smithsonian Folkways artist and Folklife Festival performer Pete Seeger at the Folkways tribute page.

Need a primer to his music? Listen to the Pete Seeger Tribute playlist.

Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs Now Available from Smithsonian Folkways

Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs Now Available from Smithsonian Folkways

Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs distills the genius of America’s “First Lady of Children’s Music” into 16 tracks teaching counting and the alphabet in multiple languages. Ella’s joyful engagement, delight in music and games, and deep respect for children of all backgrounds make this a classic recording.

Subscriber Discount: Enter code FOLKLIFEJENKINS and save 20% off retail price on CDs or album downloads on albums through February 28.

Beyond Bollywood Opening at National Museum of Natural History February 27

Beyond Bollywood Opening at National Museum of Natural History February 27

In a first-of-its-kind exhibition at the Smithsonian, the Asian Pacific American Center will open Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation detailing the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the United States from the 1700s to the present. The exhibition will explore the key issues of immigration, identity, and cultural sustainability. The exhibition runs through August 16, 2015.

Read our interview with exhibition curator Masum Momaya

Smithsonian Folkways Seeks Guest Bloggers for UNESCO Collection Launch

Smithsonian Folkways Seeks Guest Bloggers for UNESCO Collection Launch

Originally published between 1961 and 2003, the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music is composed of more than 100 albums from around the world. The release of the UNESCO collection by Smithsonian Folkways will begin this spring, with two albums released every week for approximately one year. Please email SmithsonianFolkways@si.edu if you would like to be a guest blogger in support of this project.

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Images (top to bottom): 1) Dhow race. Photo by David Coulson. 2) 2012 Citified program staff and interns. Photo by 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival staff. 3) Lantern display in Taipei, Taiwan, rings in the Year of the Horse. Photo by Jian Hua. 4) God Bless the Grass album cover. Artwork by R. O. Blechman. 5) Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs album cover. Artwork by Caroline B. Gut, design by Renate. 6) The Sharma family in San Francisco, 1983. Photograph by Prithvi Sharma. 7) UNESCO Collection album quilt. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

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