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  • Day Two: Top Ten Photos

    After a night of thunderstorms, the Folklife Festival’s first full day of programming ran as a soft opening on the National Mall with activities for all who wandered through. The Opening Ceremony welcomed visitors and participants with speeches from our directors and partners and powerful performances. (If you missed it, you can watch the recording online.)

    Visitors of all ages enjoyed traditional cooking demonstrations by chefs from the United Arab Emirates at Festival Foodways, learned about oysters and fabrics at the Earth Optimism × Folklife tents, and even met falcons—all with a little bit of rain! The day closed with a lively performance from NOON and Experience Unlimited at the Ralph Rinzler Stage as the sun set on D.C.

    Large letters spelling out 22 FOLKLIFE!, painted yellow and blue, against a gray sky.
    The 2022 Folklife Festival marquee popped against the backdrop of a cloudy, misty day. While the weather delayed some programming, the Festival continued!
    Photo by Phillip Lee, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
    Two people performing on stage: on the left, a man seated playing a stringed instrument; on the right, a woman standing at a podium speaking.
    Emirati poet Maitha Al Suwaidi performed at the Opening Ceremony, accompanied by NOON oud player Mohammed Hosny.
    Photo by Phillip Lee, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
    A man takes a photo on his phone of a dish of food on a counter: yellow rice with chicken. A crowd of people in the background.
    Fellow chef Hattem Mattar admired Ahmed Al Marar’s machboos dish at Festival Foodways.
    Photo by Sonya Pencheva, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
    Two young kids embrace a giant inflatable globe, laughing.
    Future conservationists enjoying Earth Optimism × Folklife’s Come Out and Play area.
    Photo by Stanley Turk, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
    From behind, a person ties a ribbon to a line, adding onto four lines of many colored ribbons. A sign reads Climate Ribbon Project.
    Visitors tied ribbons to the Chesapeake Collective’s Climate Ribbon Project, signing their names and writing what they hope isn’t lost to climate chaos.
    Photo by Sonya Pencheva, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
    A man in chef's apron stands with one arm akimbo, resting against a tent pole.
    Chef Mommin Al Rawahi watched the other participants at Festival Foodways before teaching visitors about Omani-style pit cooking.
    Photo by Sonya Pencheva, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
    Two people on either side of a table containing potted plants and watering cans high-five.
    High-five for Eco-Friendly Farming!
    Photo by Phillip Lee, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
    A small crowd of people dancing, including men in all white, one playing a shawn wind instrument, and women in purple printed dresses.
    Emirati musicians shared their musical tradition linked with pearl diving, inviting the visitors and the Fijian weavers from Rise Beyond the Reef.
    Photo by Sonya Pencheva, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
    Drummer and saxophonist on stage.
    Dubai-based band NOON performed to an in-person and virtual crowd along with local guest saxophonist Ron Halloway.
    Photo by Sonya Pencheva, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives
    Performers on stage, standing together for a final bow, with audience giving standing ovation in the foreground.
    D.C.’s own go-go funk band Experience Unlimited played hit songs, including “Glenn Close’s favorite song”: “Da Butt.”
    Photo by Sonya Pencheva, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

    Join us on Day 3 for a full day of exciting events and (finally!) great weather. Attend a falconry demonstration, learn about ginseng conservation, and participate in a musical workshop with NOON. Looking for some food inspiration? Visit Festival Foodways to learn about the food of Fiji and planet-conscious burgers with celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn. Stop by the Folklife Studio during the day to learn about UAE architecture, how sustainable finance can promote climate solutions, and creative storytelling in science education.

    Round out your day with a screening of My Garden of a Thousand Bees at 6 p.m., followed by a musical performance by Alice Gerrard at 7 p.m., both at the Ralph Rinzler Main Stage!

    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.

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