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2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The 2010 Smithsonian Institute Folklife Festival kicked off June 24, 2010 in Washington DC to record heat in the nation's capital. Running from June 24-28 and July 1-5, the festival features outstanding examples of different cultures worldwide, bringing them front and center, on display, so their traditions and cultures can be enjoyed by the general public on the National Mall. This year's featured cultures are Asian Pacific Americans and Mexico.
Hours are 11 AM to 5:30 PM with special events planned almost every evening.

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Map of 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival *

Most (if not all) years there are three featured cultures at the Folklife Festival; this year there were only two: "Asian Pacific Americans" and, simply, "Mexico."

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Asian drum line and dancers *

"Tradition and innovation: Nguyen Dinh Nghia w/Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation." Rhythmic drummers and dancers.

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Folklife Festival is kid friendly!

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is fun for the whole family. Several tents were provided for people to engage in family activities: painting, arts and crafts, textiles or just a respite from the brutal heat of the day.

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Tibetan Dance School onlooker

A woman from the Tibetan Dance School looks on as the Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation drummers perform their choreographed, practiced perfection.

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Asian Fusion cooking

A woman showcases the art of Asian-fusion cooking on the National Mall during the 43rd Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

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Intergenerational Koreans speak *

From left to right: youngest, oldest, middle. These gentlemen discussed, in anecdotal form, their respective experiences they collectively have had as Korean Americans, from realizing the American Dream to racism to education to integration. They were...

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Korean Talk Story tent - beating the heat.

A small crowd of seated fans listens to three American Koreans as they speak, unscripted, about their experiences in America. After they were finished speaking, the forum was opened up for questions and answers.

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Blazing hot day at Folklife Festival

Although this tent was one of the main places to eat and drink, the day was so hot it seemed as though a lot of the would be crowds stayed away from the Folk life Festival altogether. June 25, 2010.

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"Tea House" cooking demonstration

"Celebrity foods: Kim Yoo Soon and Tien Nguyen" was posted outside the tent on a white-board. Attendants were able to see exactly how Asian-Fusion dishes were being prepared by looking into the mirror which reflected the cooking and preparation surfaces...

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2010 Folklife Festival sign for APA s

On the National Mall in Washington, DC a sign stands for the 2010 Folk life Festival celebrating Asian Pacific Americans (APA's or APA) This was the 43rd Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Entrance to the Mexico festivities *

A large gateway, made of black, yellow, red and white carnations, leads the way to the festivities brought to the National Mall by Mexico during the 2010 Folk life Festival

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Food of Mexico cooking demonstration

Jalisco-style Cooking: Carne a la Mexicana is the name of this event. Jalisco is one of the 31 United Mexican States and is located in central-western Mexico. Jalisco style cooking has so many different definitions and opinions as to what it's comprised...

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Sign for Mexican music entertainment @ National Mall

Sign reads:
12 PM Palo Volantin Ceremony
1 PM Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz
2 PM San Madera Trio
3 PM Trio Santa Quilama
4 PM Palo Volantin Ceremony
5 PM Los Verdaderos Caporales de Apatzingan

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