Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 27th-July 1st and July 4th – 8th 2012
Sponsored by the the Smithsonian Institution, the Folklife Festival is held annually on the National Mall and has been called the “Museum without Walls.” The focus of this year’s festival is “Campus & Community, Citified, and Creativity and Crisis."
The programs and exhibits will celebrate the 150th anniversary of land-grant universities created under the Morrill Act, signed by President Lincoln in 1862 and the creation of the United States Department of Agriculture, the USDA. The festival will also highlight the rich cultural heritage of the East Anacostia River community and finally will pay tribute to the Aids epidemic through a viewing of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Spoken Word performances.
The Folklife Festival will feature the following performers and performances:
Land Grant focus:
University of Hawaii Tuahine Troupe
West Virginia University Steel Band Ensemble featuring Ellie Mannatte
University of Hawaii Hula Halau UNUKUPUKUPU
Univerisity of Texas Pan Am Mariachi Aztlan
Fayaz U Know
Creativity and Crisis focus:
Children of the Good Shepherd Home
Sheryl Lee Ralph
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