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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






August 2, 2016 Noon-1:00 "Canaries, Nightingales, Whistlers, and Transcribers: Birdsong, Bird-Imitators and the Early 20th-Century Recording Industry," Ian Nagoski, Founder and Director, Canary Records (lecture) Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
Sept 7, 2016 Noon-1:00 Yvette Landry: Cajun Music and Louisiana Honky-Tonk (concert) Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building Free
Sept 12


Sept 13, 2016

9:00-5:30 (Monday)

9:00-Noon (Tuesday)

Collections, Collaborations, & Connections Symposium: The American Folklife Center at Forty Symposium panels will highlight the Center's unparalleled collections, explore innovative approaches to cultural documentation, and focus on current best practices regarding ownership rights and access to archival resources in today’s rapidly changing digital landscape. Learn more at the link. Montpelier Room
Sixth Floor
James Madison Building
Free,registration required (check back for information on how to register)
Sept 22, 2016 Noon-1:00 Gabriel Muñoz and Melodias Borinqueñas: Puerto Rican Folk Music from New Jersey (concert) Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building Free
Sept 28, 2016 Noon-1:00 Artemio Posadas: Mexican music and dance from California, National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, 2016 Bess Lomas Hawes award recipient. (concert) Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building Free
Sept 28, 2016 5:30-7:00 PM The National Endowment for the Arts will celebrate the 2016 National Heritage Fellows at an awards ceremony hosted by the Library of Congress. Select this link to learn about the 2016 awardees. 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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