Call for Volunteers 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival


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2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 27 - July 1 and July 4 - 8, 2018

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Armenia: Creating Home
Take a glimpse into Armenian Culture, greatly influenced by its surroundings, heritage, and ongoing exchange with its many diasporas around the world. Foodways presentations and artisan craft traditions tell the importance of economic and cultural sustainability in the face of change and how these practices create home – both in concept and form. Eastern Armenian speakers encouraged to apply.

Catalonia: Tradition and Creativity from the Mediterranean 
Human towers. Giant puppets. Fire-breathing dragons. Behind the spectacular cultural expressions of Catalonia, resilient networks of people work together to ensure the vitality of their local cultures and their livelihoods. Join Catalan artists and musicians as they share their public life and expressions of Catalan identity with us. As they say in Catalan, “Fem pinya!” Let’s come together! Catalan, Spanish, and Occitan speakers encouraged to apply.  

GET INVOLVED: Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the Festival. They assist stage managers, help with audiovisual recording of per¬formances, work with participants, support sustainability efforts, and much more. You must be 16 years or older to apply. The Festival is an excellent opportunity for students who must complete community service/service learning hours.

HOW TO APPLY: To fill out a new volunteer application, please visit

If you have any questions or difficulties navigating the application site, please let me know. I can be reached via email or by phone at 202-633-7488.


July 4, 2018  •  10:30 am – July 8, 2018 6:30 pm

Hosted by Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Venue National Mall (Washington, DC)

Contact Michelle Banks
  • Free Admission
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