At the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, you will find many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, living traditions—both old and new. The goal of the Festival is to strengthen and preserve these traditions by presenting them on the National Mall. Tradition-bearers and the public can connect with and learn from one another and, in a respectful way, begin to understand cultural differences and similarities.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Introduction
What is the Festival?
History of the Festival
What the Festival teaches us?
How you as the visitor help create the Festival experience?
How to ask the meaningful question that always gets good answers?
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