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What unexpected thing did you see or learn at the Folklife Festival?


Posted: 27 June 2012
About the Author:

Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.

2 Responses to What unexpected thing did you see or learn at the Folklife Festival?
    • Mary Augusta Thomas
    • Who knew that UC Davis produces olive oil? Really enjoyed meeting the students who were involved in the Land Grant Universities tents.

    • Nikki Krakora
    • American Sign Language interpreters trying to sign along with some of the performances has been fun to watch. At the Opening Ceremony, the interpreter tried to keep up while Hip Hop Artist Head Roc was performing on the stage. At the Bring Back the Funk concert, the interpreter added some “funk” to his signing when George Clinton and the PFunk Allstars took the stage. It was wildly entertaining to watch the interpreters add all sorts of body syncopation and groove to their signing. At one point, Tom Joyner said to one of the interpreters at the Funk concert, “Girl, George Clinton is going to break your fingers…”