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What's Happening at the American Folklife Center

Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in order to educate the American people about the importance of their own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Performances - Homegrown Concerts 2008
Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building

2008 Homegrown Poster Image
  • April 24, 12:00 noon
    The Beehive BandString Band Music from Utah
  • May 28, 12:00 noon
    Opalanga Pugh—African American storytelling from Colorado with Askia Touré on voice and drum
  • June 19, 12:00 noon
    Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra—Albanian Music from New York, celebrating 40 years of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance
  • July 24, 12:00 noon
    The Zionaires—Gospel Music from Maryland and Delaware
  • August 20, 12:00 noon
    Gary Haleamau—Traditional Hawaiian Music from Las Vegas (The Ninth Island)
  • September 17, 12:00 noon
    The Bajich Brothers—Tamburitza Music from Kansas
  • October 2, 12:00 noon
    Bar J Wranglers—Cowboy Music from Wyoming
  • November 19, 12:00 noon
    Surati—Classical and Folk Indian Dance from New Jersey

Past Homegrown Concerts (2005-2007) - View event flyers, essays, and webcasts (as available)

Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series for 2008

2008 Botkin Lectures - View Complete Schedule
Past Botkin Lectures (2004 - 2007) - View event flyers, essays, and webcasts (as available)

Rediscover Northern Ireland Events 2008

In the fall of 2008 there will be a series of concerts and lectures sponsored by the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme. Go to the 2008 Rediscover Northern Ireland Events page for a description of these events.


Past symposia pages recently updated with access to webcasts and photographs of the event:


  • Research Awards
    The Research Awards page contains application procedures and other information on AFC's awards programs, including the Parsons Fund for Ethnography, Henry Reed and Blanton Owen awards.

AFCnews Electronic Mailing List

The American Folklife Center provides an announcement listserv, AFCnews, for people who would like to receive email notification of concerts, lectures, publications, and other news items about the Center. Announcements usually number from one to three notices per month.

To subscribe, compose an email to leaving the subject line blank and with the following text entered into the body of the email document:

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(enter your first and last names where noted). After you send the email you will receive a welcome notice letting you know that you have successfully subscribed and containing instructions for managing your subscription.

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