Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Each year the Smithsonian chooses 3 nations, regions, states or themes to highlight and celebrate during the Folklife Festival.  The 2011 Festival, scheduled for June 30 – July 4 and July 7 – 11 on the National Mall in Washington DC will feature programs on

Colombia – The biological and environmental diversity of Colombia led to the development of distinct cultures. Six ecosystems and cultures will be highlighted during the festival, including Amazon Rainforest, Andes Mountains, Andean Savannah, Southeastern Plains, the coffee region of Caldas, and the urban centers of Bogota, Medellin and Cali.

The Peace Corps – The Peace Corps turns 50 in 2011, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50 years of service and accomplishment by the volunteers. Started by President Kennedy, the Peace Corps was founded to “promote world peace and friendship.”  Learn more about the life of volunteers and the places they serve.

Rhythm & Blues Rhythm and Blues incorporates elements of blues, soul, funk and more – and is recognized around the world as an identifiably American style of music. Watch performances of music and hear the stories of performers, songwriters and producers.

Learn more about preparations for the Folklife Festival by following the Festival blog. For example, there will be filtered water stations available this year with special collectible water bottles available – or you can bring your own.

See the full schedule of events during the Folklife Festival. Be sure to check out our Specials and make your reservations for your stay.

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