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Portion of the “Bicentennial Site Embroidery” by Ethel Wright Mohamed for the 1976 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Zvonimir Bebek, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

Portion of the “Bicentennial Site Embroidery” by Ethel Wright Mohamed for the 1976 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Zvonimir Bebek, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

  • The 2020 Folklife Festival Will Be Postponed

    The 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival presentation on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will be postponed. The Festival was originally scheduled for June 24 to 48 and July 1 to 5.

    We encourage you to visit the Festival website, where you will find a treasure trove of offerings spanning more than fifty years of performances, demonstrations, discussions, and workshops. The website contains audio/visual and educational materials, articles, and blog posts representing diverse cultural practices from all fifty states, over one hundred countries, and scores of occupations. For the most updated information on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and more resources, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

    We look forward to continuing to celebrate contemporary living cultural traditions with you.


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