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In addition to daily performances and activities on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival organizes and recommends events and exhibitions at other Smithsonian museums and venues around Washington, D.C. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Events

Mother Tongue Film Festival

February 21 to 24, 2018
Mother Tongue Film Festival
Various locations, Washington, D.C.

This free four-day festival hosted by the Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices (including the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage) will open on United Nations Mother Language Day, celebrating language and cultural diversity through feature films, shorts, music videos, and more. A complete program will be available soon.


Many Voices, One Nation

Many Voices, One Nation
National Museum of American History

Through almost 200 museum artifacts and about 100 loan objects, this exhibition shows how the many voices of the American people have contributed to and continue to shape the nation and its communities, from its earliest beginnings to the present.

Past Events

Mother Tongue Film Festival

February 11, 2018, 5–7 p.m.
Roadwork’s 40th Anniversary Launch Party
Busboys and Poets
235 Carroll St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Roadwork was founded in 1978 as a multiracial coalition that put women’s culture on the road—from the Sisterfire Festival to Sweet Honey In The Rock, from Holly Near to Toshi Reagon, and so many more. In 2018, we are partnering with Roadwork to celebrate the organization and its dedication to creating a trail for new generations of resister-activists. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and American Sign Language interpretation is provided. Refreshments provided. RSVP required.

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