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. The first part of the festival highlights China and is titled China: Tradition and the Art of Living followed by 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. The festival is great for families as there are many hands-on kid-friendly activities.
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.
Insider Tip: For the best in jewelry, clothing, books and art don’t miss the Smithsonian Folklife festival’s marketplace, which is located in front of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History facing the Mall. To navigate the festival with ease we suggest downloading the free Folklife Festival App and enjoy access to daily schedules, site map, artist bios, food menus, special announcements, and much more. Capitol Hill Hotel is conveniently located by the Capitol South metro station (Blue and Orange lines) and provides a convenient and easy way to get to the Folklife Festival.