This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival takes place on June 25-29 and July 2-6. This two-part festival promises to help attendees learn and celebrate other cultures through an in-depth exploration of the cultures of China and Kenya. Beginning with China: Tradition and the Art of Living and following with Kenya: Mambo Poa! in July. Sponsored by the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival is free (open daily from 11am to 5:30 p.m.) and is held outdoors on the National Mall between the Smithsonian museums.
2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Program
China: Tradition and the Art of Living – June 25-29, 2014
The program will highlight the creativity, heritage, and masterful skill of China as a country reflecting its regional, occupational, and religious distinctions. The China program features seasonal festival traditions, an array of food and craft and performance workshops. The festival will present contemporary artists in some of the region’s oldest traditions—from kite-making and calligraphy to martial arts.
Kenya: Mambo Poa! – July 2-6. 2014
The program will present the ways in which the people of Kenya are balancing protection of their cultural and natural heritage with the challenges and opportunities for change in the 21st century. Festival visitors will have an opportunity to meet Kenyan craftspeople, run with Kenya’s Olympic athletes (best of luck!), dance to both traditional and contemporary music from many regions of the country and experience Kenyan life in the United States.