Day Five: Top Ten Photos
Our Sunday began with an early Morning on the Mall, a program partnership with Access Smithsonian to provide sensory-friendly activities for families of children, teenagers, and young adults who are neurodiverse. In case you missed it, you can still register for another Morning on the Mall on July 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Kids painted palm branch pieces from the United Arab Emirates in the Palm Studio and learned about the value of the tree in the region at the Crossroads Stage. Chef Elyssa Kaplan from World Central Kitchen spoke in Festival Foodways about the organization’s mission to assist and comfort in times of crisis. An impromptu event at the Festival Marketplace featured Fijian weavers and musicians displaying their craft.
The afternoon ended with a lovely musical preview of the 2023 Festival program The Ozarks: Faces and Facets of a Region, as a few visitors and participants took to the gravel dance floor. As banjo player Nathan McAlister said, in the Ozarks, “Dancing is the big thing. Music is what makes it happen.”
Join us on Monday for the end of week one of the Festival! Learn about sustainability at the Smithsonian at Earth Optimism Stories and explore the on-site gardens. Visit Festival Foodways to learn how to make the traditional Filipino dish chicken adobo and Chef Robbie Wood’s smoked wild blue catfish roll featured on the menu at our concessions.
Stop by the Folklife Studio during the day to learn about disability inclusion in the UAE, the aromas and customs of coffee, and how clean power is used in rural America. Round out your visit with Mother Tongue Film Festival selections in Folklife Studio, features films in Indigenous languages.
We can’t wait to see you and celebrate the end of our first week, and look forward to another exciting week of Festival activities ahead.
Annabella Hoge is the 2022 Folklife Festival media intern, and Elisa Hough is the editor at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Together they are Team Top Ten.