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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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Performances - 2014 Homegrown Concert Series
Homegrown in the Pavilion: to be held in the Whittall Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor

April 23: Torcuato Zamora performs Flamenco guitar music. He will be joined by dancers from Furia Flamenco. -- 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM

May 7: Spyros Koliavasilis and the Karpouzi Trio perform music from Greece and Asia Minor -- 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM

May 22: Andrei Pidkivka and Gerdan-Kaleidoscope of World Music -- folk music of Ukraine. 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM

Past Homegrown Concerts (2005-2014) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts

Lectures - 2014 Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series
Pickford Auditorium, Third Floor, James Madison Building unless otherwise noted

May 1: American Roots: Hairdressers and Beauty Shop Culture in America, presented by Candacy Taylor

June 5: Homeplace Mississippi: a Cultural Journey, presented by Michael Ford

July 15: Folk Music, Archives, and Performing:  Experiences, Adventures, and Great Stories, presented by Joseph C. Hickerson

Past Botkin Lectures (2004 - 2014) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts

Civil Rights History Public Programs: Many Paths to Freedom

This series of public educational programs features scholars, activists, and artists who will address a range of topics on the theme of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for freedom, social justice and equality for African Americans. View the schedule of events


Past Symposia Updates

The Stations That Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish American Cultural Renaissance (2012): Webcasts are now available. Select the schedule to find the links to the webcasts.

Past Symposia (2000 - 2013) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts


The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. From popular and traditional songs, to poetic art songs and sacred music, the relationship of song to historical events from the nation's founding to the present is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items. Contributing divisions include Music, Recorded Sound, and the American Folklife Center. View the press release

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