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What's Happening at the American Folklife Center

Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in order to educate the American people about the importance of their own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and do not require tickets unless otherwise noted.

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2016 Events

Date

Time

Event

Location

Status

May 25, 2017 Noon to 1:00 Cambodian-American Heritage Dancers with Chum Ngek Ensemble (Classical Khmer dance and music from the Cambodian court repertoire) Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Free
         
June 7, 2017 Noon to 1:00 "Cultural Integrity and Local Music: Cape Breton Fiddle, New Orleans Funk," Burt Feintuch, director of the Center for the Humanities and Professor of Folklore and English, University of New Hampshire Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Free
         
June 13, 2017 4:00 5:30 pm Film screening and discussion: Shake 'Em On Down, a documentary on the legendary bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell, Scott Baretta, University of Mississippi Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building Free
         
June 28, 2017 Noon to 1:00 BeauSoleil Quartet: Cajun Music from Louisiana
This concert is part of Homegrown 2017’s celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowships
Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Free
         
July 5, 2017 Noon to 1:00 Ledward Kaapana: Master Slack Key Guitar Player from Hawai'i (concert) Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Free
         
July 11, 2017 Noon to 1:00 "Flowing Tides: Musical Memory, History and Global Culture in County Clare, Ireland," Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Johnson Chair in Quebec and Canadian Irish Studies, School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montréal Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Free
         
July 21, 2017 7:00 PM Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World, Billy Bragg (book talk and signing) Mumford Room
6th floor
James Madison Building
Free
         
August 9, 2017 Noon to 1:00 "The Fantastic World of Chinese Opera Theater in North America," Nancy Rao, Rutgers University (book talk and signing) Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Free
         
September 7, 2017 Noon to 1:00 Peggy Seeger: A life of Music, Love, and Politics, a book talk by Jean Freedman, George Washington University TBA Free
         
September 13, 2017 Noon to 1:00 NEA 2017 National Heritage Fellow, to be announced (concert) Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Free
         
September 19, 2017 Noon to 1:00 Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy, Peggy Bulger (book talk and signing) Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Free
         
September 27, 2017 Noon to 1:00 Fairfield Four, an African-American gospel quartet that has existed for more than 95 years. (concert) Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Free

Past Events

Find descriptions and webcasts of past American Folklife Center events, including Botkin Lectures, Civil Rights History Events, Homegrown Concerts, and Symposia.

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