Folklife Festival Begins On National Mall | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Folklife Festival Begins On National Mall

Play associated audio
Visitors and participants take part in a procession out to the Spring Festival Ground where the closing ceremony for the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was to be held.
Richard Strauss, Smithsonian Institution
Visitors and participants take part in a procession out to the Spring Festival Ground where the closing ceremony for the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was to be held.

The 46th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival starts today on the National Mall. It is the nation's premier outdoor cultural event, with arts, crafts and educational opportunities for young and old alike.

This year's festival focuses on three themes: Campus and Community, Creativity and Crisis, and "Citified." It runs each day through this Sunday, then takes a break for a couple of days before continuing next Wednesday through Sunday July 8.

The "Citified" portion of the festival focuses on Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia River. And on July 7, the festival will pay tribute to D.C. Go Go legend Chuck Brown, who died last month.

"Creativity and Crisis," meanwhile, features the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, embodying the loss and hope it symbolizes for millions of Americans. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to make quilt panels.

The "Campus and Community" section commemorates the 150th anniversary of the founding of land-grant universities and the USDA. A dozen campuses are represented, including the University of Maryland the University of the District of Columbia.

Tonight, there will be a free performance of Bring Back the Funk, featuring George Clinton.

NPR

This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall'

M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.
NPR

No Resume? Criminal Background? No Problem At This Yonkers Bakery

Social justice is part of the recipe at New York's Greyston Bakery. The firm, whose clients include Ben & Jerry's, hires locals whose legal status or work history might otherwise make them unhirable.
NPR

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
NPR

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.