Smithsonian Saturday Special

Smithsonian Saturday Special

A special event has been added to the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival,  a tribute concert dedicated to Diana Parker, long-time festival Director, who will be retiring later this year.

On Saturday June 27th at 7 PM, at the Festival’s Welsh Dragon Stage on the National Mall, some friends of Diana’s will share their music: Blues musicians Phil Wiggins and Corey Harris and members of award-winning Cajun band BeauSoleil.

Diana Parker has been with the Folklife Festival since 1975,  after working with other Smithsonian programs and at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. A consultant to Cultural Olympiads, the Los Angeles Festival, and every public presidential inaugural celebration since 1976, she helped produce the WWII Reunion on the Mall dedicating the WWII Memorial, and the First Americans Festival celebrating the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian.

More here.


The Welsh Dragon is the big tent near the Smithsonian Castle (map).

Can’t make it? See the live webcast here.

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