Day Three: Top Ten Photos
Today the Festival welcomed visitors and warm weather to the National Mall. During a day of nonstop activity, Emirati artist Umm Saeed led a henna demonstration and kids played “Bee I.D. Bingo” in the People-Powered Science tent. NOON oud player Mohammed Hosny taught visitors about his instrument before the whole band performed in the afternoon, and visitors learned beading traditions with artists from Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
In Festival Foodways, celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn taught a crowd how to make his “chik’n” sandwich with oyster mushrooms. Missed his demonstration? Check out the recipe and make your own. The evening came to a close with a screening of My Garden of a Thousand Bees and a performance by bluegrass icon Alice Gerrard, singing songs of justice and equality for women and the world.
Our Top Ten for Day Three features a few of the women who have enriched our Festival with their wisdom, skill, and creativity. In the words of Semi Lotawa, representing the weavers of Rise Beyond the Reef in Fiji, “The women are the vessels of knowledge in our communities.”
Join us for a hot summer day on Day 4 and the start of the Festival’s first weekend! Start your morning with a coffee demonstration or short films about animal conservation at Pocket Cinema. Check out Foodways for Emirati dishes from home, foraged mushroom dumplings, heathy vegetable cooking and more! Drop in for an origami workshop at the Wavelength installation and try something sweet at the honey tasting. Visit the Folklife Studio for conversations about electric transportation and eco-friendly fashion.
Stick around in the evening for a touching musical performance dedicated to Tito Matos.
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.