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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

L’Esprit Creole

Citified focus:

George Clinton

Fayaz U Know

Head Roc

Da Originals

Creativity and Crisis focus:

NAMES Performers

Spoken Word

Children of the Good Shepherd Home

Sheryl Lee Ralph

If you enjoy listening to Steel Drum music check out this playlist of various groups playing steel drums.

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