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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on June 8, 2010 at 8:25 am
Filed under: festival, folklife, Smithsonian

Folklife Festival Celebrates Asia, Mexico and the Smithsonian

The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington DC brings together culture, music, food and focus on foreign lands.

2010 Lunar New Year festivities in Washington’s ChinatownThis year’s Folklife Festival features:

Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties – With 350,000 Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) living in the Washington DC area, theses communities represent a microcosm of Asian cultural, language and religious diversity.  The exhibit focuses on what it means to be an Asian Pacific American.

Mexico – As our southern neighbor, explore Mexican cultures and communities whose histories date back to pre-Columbian civilizations. Four thematic aspects of the exhibit includes the town plaza, the market, the workshop, and the farm field.

Smithsonian Inside Out – Gives a behind the scenes look at what it takes to keep the 19 Smithsonian museums running and its 137 million artifacts rotating to help draw the close to 9 million annual visitors interested.  Meet and talk with Smithsonian curators, archivists and conservators and learn about their research and passion for history and science.  One part of the Inside Out exhibit will include how the Smithsonian will look forward into it’s next major exhibit challenges – Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, the Biodiverse Planet, World Cultures and the American Experience.

The 10-day Folklife fest is a family-friendly event and a great learning opportunity to experience the history and culture of different areas from around the globe.

Live music, dance, songs, arts & crafts, ethnic performances are scheduled, along with a variety of food for purchase.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival – The National Mall, between Constitution and Independence Ave., and 7th and 14th Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20002 (map)

Dates & Times – June 24-28 and July 1-5, 2010, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., several evening events extend festival hours.

Admission - Free

Nearest Metro Subway Station - Nearest Metro Subway Station – Smithsonian (Mall exit) or Federal Triangle – Blue or Orange lines, then a 2-block walk or use the Circulator bus.

Parking - Metered street parking is available, but with the crowds, expect it to be a bit tough to find parking.

Images – Courtesy of Smithsonian Folklife Festival: 2010 Lunar New Year – Harry Chow Collection

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