What do poets, picklers, and pedal-steel guitarists have in common? They all take the stage at the 2023 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, sharing their skills and stories on the National Mall.
We welcomed large crowds today for the first Saturday of the Festival, with visitors and staff joining in on quilting projects, an old-time music jam, and profound questions—“What does God feel like to you?” To take shelter from the storm, we gathered in the beautiful Arts and Industries Building for the evening concert and square dance, welcoming dedicated dance communities from D.C., Baltimore, and the Ozarks.
What’s the best thing you’ve seen at the Festival? Share your stories in the comments and your photos on social media with #2023Folklife.
The evening concert, featuring Sufi music from Riyaaz Qawwali and gospel music from The Jones Family Singers—and both together in a very Folklife cross-cultural collaboration—starts a bit earlier than normal, at 5:30 p.m. We hope you can join us!
Elisa Hough is the editor at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Daniel Zhang is a media intern for the Folklife Festival.
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