Migration Mixer @ 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Migration Mixer @ 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival National Mall, Participant Hospitality Area Look for the shady, grassy tree plot along Madison Drive, to the left facing the National Museum of American History from the Mall, between 12th and 14th Street; (access from Mall side using gravel path) Washington, DC 20560

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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the American Anthropological Association (AAA) invite you to join us for pre-concert refreshment, conversation, and conviviality on the National Mall.

The 2018 Festival includes international and transnational research teams and partners, many of whom are involved in research focused on migration at the global and local levels. Come meet old friends, new colleagues, and enjoy a cool drink before an evening concert of Armenian jazz featuring Miqayel Voskanyan and friends.

The gathering will take place at the Participant Hospitality Area of the Festival. Look for the shady, grassy tree plot along Madison Drive (to the left when you're facing the National Museum of American History from the Mall), between 12th and 14th Street. Please access from the Mall side using gravel path.

Since 2016, the Festival through its ongoing On the Move initiative and AAA have been collaborating on public programs that engage the public in exploring how migration both unsettles and energizes cultural practices and community life. This year, we have organized a series of daily conversations about the role of creativity and culture in making place and community on shifting ground. These include musical demonstrations and live interviews by media hosts with Armenian and Catalan program participants, local cultural producers, and international artists from related Smithsonian initiatives. AAA and This Anthro Life will be documenting and sharing migration stories from the Festival in future podcasts.

We hope you can join us for this Migration Mixer: please, of course, also share this event with your Migration-related networks. If you're interested in attending more On The Move sessions during the Festival, please view our complete schedule here.

Questions or comments? Please reach out to the On The Move team intern Ali Smith at SmithAD@si.edu.