Every year, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is presented on the National Mall in DC, giving residents and visitors the chance to experience and learn more about the “living cultural heritage” of different nations.
The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival takes place from June 25 – 29 and again from July 2 – 6 and focuses on China: Tradition and the Art of Living and Kenya: Mambo Poa. The festival is free to the public and includes daily and evening programs of music, song, dance, celebratory performance, crafts and cooking demonstrations, and much more.
The China program spotlights the country’s creativity, heritage, and masterful skill, which are bumping up against the incredible changes and growth currently taking place in the country. You’ll get to explore:
The Kenya program explores how Kenyans are protecting their valued cultural and natural heritage while the country takes advantage of twenty-first century opportunities. You’ll find:
You can download the free Festival App (available for iOS and Android) where you’ll find daily schedules, a site map, participant bios, food menus, special announcements and more.
What to know before you go: