Smithsonian Shortens Folklife Festival On National Mall To Just 2 Days

If you’re thinking of attending the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., this year, plan for June 29 and 30.

Those are the new dates for the Smithsonian’s annual celebration, which will shrink from 10 days to just two this summer, in part because of the partial government shutdown, according to the festival’s director.

“Unfortunately, the timing of the shutdown sort of played mischief with our production schedule,” Sabrina Motley tells NPR. “We thought it was in the best interest of our festival to make this shift.”

The shortened festival on the National Mall will still focus on the social power of music, this year’s Smithsonian-wide theme. But the extended programming that would have celebrated the cultures of Benin, Brazil and other countries has been postponed to 2020, Motley…

Original published: 2019-03-14 19:48:00 Read the full New York City News here


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