Family Activities: 2011 Festival
The Folklife Festival will feature a variety of activities for families and children, including crafts and food demonstrations, as well as musical performances for young visitors.
Special Evening Concert (Rinzler Memorial Concert)—on Saturday, July 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Smithsonian Folkways children’s recording artists Elizabeth Mitchell, Suni Paz, and Chip Taylor and the Grandkids perform.
Peace Corps program— Daily performances by an award-winning youth Tinikling dance group from the Philippines.
Rhythm & Blues program—From June 30 through July 4, daily performances by the talented Memphis high school students of the Stax Music Academy.
Pick up free family activity guides for the Colombia and Peace Corps programs at Festival Information kiosks or at the Kids Corps tent in the Peace Corps area.
In the Colombia program, learn how to play Colombian children’s games, watch a demonstration by circus performers, try your hand at a weaving activity, and meet Sassy the Packing Mule.
In the Peace Corps program, help paint a world map mural or build a recycled bottle wall, learn traditional games from around the world, and pedal a stationary bike to charge cell phones.
In the Rhythm and Blues program, enjoy performances, workshops, and conversations highlighting select styles associated with African American urban centers in the United States. The Funk Brothers, Fred Wesley and the New JBs, the Dixie Cups, the Jewels, and Questlove from the Roots are just a few of the artists performing at the Festival.