The Wilson Beacon

Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

DANIELLE BRESLOW

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






During a couple weeks in June and July the Smithsonian Folklife Festival swings around, and thousands of locals and tourists flood the National Mall to get a taste of cultures from all around the world debuted through its festivities. Each year the two week festival chooses different cultural aspects to highlight from a certain theme, country, region, or state. In the past, programs have included “Arkansas” (1970), “African Diaspora: Ghana, Trinidad & Tobago, Nigeria, Caribbean” (1974), “Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon” (2008), and “On the Move: Migration and Immigration Today” (2016).

In 1967, Jim Morris, Smithsonian’s Director of Museum Services at the time, began the festival with the help of Secretary S. Dillon Ripley and Ralph Rinzler. The first year was a huge success, attracting around 431,000 people, and setting a precedent for the years to come.

Since then it has remained outstanding, and this summer is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a “Circus Arts” theme, exploring the vibrant history of the American circus. Festivities include acrobatic demonstrations, narrative sessions, puppet making, and an USCIS Citizenship Ceremony.

The commemoration is also featuring an “On the Move” theme which spotlights youth and migration, one similar to that of last year’s festival. In addition there is a “50 years 50 objects” exhibit, in which 50 ‘storied objects’ from previous years have been put on display. These objects range from a Bhutanese temple railing to a Junkanoo Headdress.

Over 23 thousand artisans have been able to showcase their work and skills through the festival and help keep their traditions alive. Among them are around 100 American Indian groups and 90 nations. New cultures, occupations, traditions, peoples, and countries are sure to join them and help continue the Folklife Festival’s legacy of creating a better understanding of the world through community engagement.

The festival is free to the public and takes place from June 29 to July 4 and July 6 to July 9 on the National Mall.

 

PHOTO BY DANIELLE BRESLOW

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Features

    Tiger Cubs (Episode 1) – Bancroft Elementary

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Syrian robotics team stops by Wilson

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Prom 2018

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Award-winning engineer Cori Lathan speaks to Wilson students

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    From pre-school to prison: racial disparities in school discipline

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    PARCC testing not favorable for teachers

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Senior hopes to continue neurodiversity program

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Wilson teachers reflect on experiences at other schools

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Don’t you want to know s’more about Girl Scouts?

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Tiger Cubs: Janney Jaguars anticipate the wonders of Wilson

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    A closer look: Wilson’s substance abuse resources

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    The Science Behind: leaving the nest

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    10 things I learned when I sat down with Dee Ward

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Students hope for more flexibility with electives

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Providing passports and fading frontiers: DCPS Study Abroad fosters global citizenship

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Former Wilson teacher reflects on new life in Istanbul

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Cubs and kittens: Wilson faculty welcomes several new babies

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Lights! Camera! Awards!: Wilson mass media wins big at national competition

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Wilson senior emceed the Rally for DC Lives

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

    Features

    Wilson’s fact fanatics: Quiz bowl novices give it a try

The Student News Site of Woodrow Wilson Senior High School
Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50th anniversary