Today may have felt like 100 degrees, but that didn’t stop visitors, participants, and staff from enjoying the Folklife Festival. The morning began with a performance of conservation songs from Belize, and visitors learned how to make bison meatballs and Filipino chicken adobo with an Emirati twist at Festival Foodways.
In the afternoon, the falconers hosted an audio-described meet-and-greet for visitors who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Missed out on this program? There are more audio-described tours this weekend. Visitors delved into language and identity through a lesson in Northern Plains language and a conversation on the multilingual nature of the UAE. The evening closed with a vibrant and percussive performance from Sunny Jain and REBOLU that had hearts thumping and feet stomping on the National Mall under a rainbow and the setting sun.
Join us Saturday, July 2, for NASA Day as part of Earth Optimism olk Folklife and more exciting workshops and sessions with the UAE — as long as the weather holds! Visit the People-Powered Science tent throughout the day for NASA-related hands-on activities or try your hand at Arabic calligraphy. Drop in at Festival Foodways to learn about sustainable seafood, the unlikely links between oysters and NASA, and Bedouin cooking from the sea. Listen to two panel discussions featuring NASA programs and conservation efforts. Stop by the Folklife Studio for the last EO x Folklife Studio session about sustainable food production, and stick around for a viewing from the Mother Tongue Film Festival.
After a day that is out of this world, join us for a multimedia, multicultural performance, A View from the Streets: Urban Culture from the UAE at 6:30 pm on the Ralph Rinzler Stage.
We do expect some thunderstorms in the district on Saturday, so be sure to check the online schedule for potential cancelations and ours Twitter feed for possible closures. Come prepared with your ponchos, curious minds, and (waterproof) dancing shoes!
Annabella Hoge is the 2022 Folklife Festival media intern, and Elisa Hough is the editor at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Together they are Team Top Ten.