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. Vocal traditions: Hua’er and Qiang folk songs

Noon Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group

1 p.m. Ih Tsetsn Ensemble from Inner Mongolia

2 p.m. Quanzhou Puppet Troupe

3 p.m. Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe

4 p.m. Vocal Traditions: Hua’er and Qiang folk songs

5 p.m. Ih Tsetsn Ensemble from Inner Mongolia

People’s Park

11 a.m. Public lesson: Tai Chi/Tai Chi ball

Noon Water calligraphy

1 p.m. Hua’er folk songs

2 p.m. Public lesson: flower drum lantern dance

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

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

5 p.m. Public lesson: flower drum lantern dance

Teahouse Commons

11 a.m. Festival and rituals: Mid-autumn festival

11:45 a.m. Storytelling: telling stories through craft traditions

12:30 p.m. Cultural identity: symbolism and aesthetics in Miao Batik and embroidery

1:15 p.m. Safeguarding cultural heritage: national level “inheritors”

2 p.m. Health and environment: Tai Chi and traditional medicine

2:45 p.m. Crafts: porcelain

3:30 p.m. Music: talking instruments in southwestern China

4:15 p.m. Theater and movement: the musical ensembles of traditional theater

5 p.m. Music: from the wilderness to the stage — producing Hua’er singing

Five Spice Kitchen

11 a.m. Regional cooking: Huaiyang - pork meatballs with crab sauce

11:45 p.m. Cooking with tofu: Mapo tofu

12:30 p.m. Food and health: Capsella meatball soup

1:15 p.m. Regional cooking: Qiang ethnic community of West Sichuan — potato rice cake

2 p.m. Dumplings, noodles, pancakes: pan-fried pancake

2:45 p.m. Home-style cooking: Inner Mongolian style lamb

3:30 p.m. Food for festivals: moon cake (mid-autumn)

4:15 p.m. Soups and stews: duck blood glass noodle soup

5 p.m. Drinks and desserts: Miao drinking traditions

Family Style

11 a.m. Music and dance: flower drum lantern dance

11:45 a.m. Chinese language lesson

12:30 p.m. Theater traditions: Quanzhou puppetry

1:15 p.m. Games/activities: paper cutting stories

2 p.m. Music and dance: Qiang vocal traditions

2:45 p.m. Chinese language lesson

3:30 p.m. Games/activities: abacus

4:15 p.m. Martial arts “Wushu” lesson



11 a.m. Voices of the Nile

Noon Mijikenda tales

1 p.m. Cultural connections

2 p.m. A tale of two cities

3 p.m. Kenyan classics

4 p.m. Northeast, Southwest

Karibuni Workshops

11 a.m. Dressing from head to toe

11:45 a.m. Storytelling

12:30 p.m. The long-distance runner

1:15 p.m. Kenyan diaspora

2 p.m. Songs of struggle

2:45 p.m. Traditional percussion instruments

3:30 p.m. Storytelling

4:15 p.m. Dance from Western Kenya

5 p.m. Karibuni! Lessons in language

Boma Stage

11 a.m. Wildlife and community

11:45 a.m. Crafts past and present

12:30 p.m. Coastal crossroads

1:15 p.m. A ranger’s life

2 p.m. Art of recycling

2:45 p.m. Cross-program: building arts

3:30 p.m. Search for human origins

4:15 p.m. Ethnic identity

5 p.m. Safari skills

Flavors of Kenya

Noon West Kenyan Cooking: Athola — grilled and cooked meat and Chapati bread

1:15 p.m. Swahili cooking: meat pies and potato curry

2:30 p.m. Uplands stew: Kuku Kienyaji chicken and Mukimo — mashed vegetables

3:45 p.m. Swahili cuisine: fried fish and potatoes and salad