Today at the Folklife Festival

The 48th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues on the Mall with a full schedule of concerts, demonstrations, workshops and food. This year, the free celebration features “China: Tradition and the Art of Living” and “Kenya: Mambo Poa.” For more information, call 202-633-6440 or visit


Moonrise Pavilion

11 a.m. Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe

Noon Vocal Traditions: Hua’er and Qiang folk songs

1 p.m. Quanzhou Puppet Troupe

2 p.m. Ih Tsetsn Ensemble from Inner Mongolia

3 p.m. Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group

4 p.m. Ih Tsetsn Ensemble from Inner Mongolia

5 p.m. Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group

6 p.m. Evening concert — Crossroads Asia: Wu Man and friends

People’s Park

11 a.m. Open Rehearsal: flower drum lantern dance

11:30 a.m. Processional performance: flower drum lantern dance

12:15 p.m. Public lesson: Tai Chi/Tai Chi ball

1 p.m. Hua’er folk songs

1:45 p.m. Processional performance: flower drum lantern dance

2:30 p.m. Water calligraphy

3:15 p.m. Public lesson: Tai Chi/Tai Chi ball

4 p.m. Hua’er folk songs

5 p.m. Games: badminton, jump rope, shuttlecock, and more

Teahouse Commons

11 a.m. Crafts: regional variations in paper cutting

11:45 a.m. Safeguarding cultural heritage: migration and tradition

12:30 p.m. Music: music of the Silk Road

1:15 p.m. Cultural identity: taking traditional music from the village to national TV

2 p.m. Theater and movement: behind the scenes with Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe

2:45 p.m. Cross–program: women and music

3:30 p.m. Storytelling: the Chinese zodiac in traditional crafts

4:15 p.m. Health and environment: lunar calendar 101

5 p.m. Festival and ritual: cultural diversity and New Year’s traditions

Five Spice Kitchen

11 a.m. Cooking with tofu: double flavored orchid tofu

11:45 p.m. Food and health: capsella ball soup

12:30 p.m. Regional cooking: Huangyang-style Jade Shumai

1:15 p.m. Dumplings, noodles, pancakes: dumpling party

2 p.m. Home-style cooking: potato rice cake

2:45 p.m. Food for festivals: edible dough figure

3:30 p.m. Soups and stews: Sichuan-style hot pot

4:15 p.m. Regional cooking: Minnan-style five spice roll with chicken

5 p.m. Drinks and desserts: marble Tangyuan (sticky rice balls with filling)

Family Style

11 a.m. Games/activities

11:45 a.m. Music and dance: Miao performance traditions

12:30 p.m. Chinese language lesson

1:15 p.m. Martial arts “Wushu” lesson

2 p.m. Games/activities: paper cutting stories

2:45 p.m. Theater traditions: Quanzhou puppetry

3:30 p.m. Chinese language lesson

4:15 p.m. Music and dance: flower drum lantern dance lesson



11 a.m. Cultural connections

Noon Mijikenda tales

1 p.m. From highlands to lake shores

2 p.m. Cultural connections

3 p.m. Coastal grooves

4 p.m. Kenyan fusion

6 p.m. Evening concert — Benga night

Karibuni Workshops

11 a.m. Karibuni! Lessons in language

11:45 a.m. Traditional stringed instruments

12:30 p.m. Dance from Western Kenya

1:15 p.m. Storytelling

2 p.m. Traditional percussion instruments

2:45 p.m. The long–distance runner

3:30 p.m. Storytelling

4:15 p.m. Dressing from head to toe

5 p.m. Kenyan diaspora

Boma Stage

11 a.m. Search for human origins

11:45 a.m. A ranger’s life

12:30 p.m. Art of recycling

1:15 p.m. Crafts past and present

2 p.m. Building arts

2:45 p.m. Wildlife and community

3:30 p.m. Crafts from the land

4:15 p.m. Ethnic identity

5 p.m. Safari skills

Flavors of Kenya

Noon Swahili cuisine: vegetable pies and potatoes with coconut

1:15 p.m. Uplands cooking: whole tilapia and uplands staple ugali

2:30 p.m. Swahili snacks: meat kababs and bajia

3:45 p.m. Upland stew: beef pilau West Kenyan vegetable: Sukima Wiki — kale