A major program area at the Smithsonian Institution's 29th annual Festival of American Folklife was devoted to traditional music, dance, crafts, verbal arts, performance and foodways of the Cape Verde Islands (an island nation located off the West African coast) and the Cape Verdean-American community. Cosponsored by the National Park Service, the festival was held outdoors on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 23-June 27 and June 30-July 4, 1995.
The annual Festival of American Folklife is produced by the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife Programs & Cultural Studies. The Center has a core staff of curators and scholars of folklore, ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology who conduct research and also produce documentary films and monographs, run a documentary record company - Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings - and work on other educational and public service projects. Center productions have won Academy, Emmy and Grammy awards, scholarly and popular acclaim.
The center staff, under the direction of Dr. Richard Kurin, Festival Director Diana Parker, Cape Verdean Program Co-Curators Dr. Peter Seitel and John W. Franklin and Senior Project Advisor Raymond A. Almeida, worked closely with research teams in the Cape Verde Islands and in the Cape Verdean-American communities.
Inquiries should be addressed to the Curator, 1995 Cape Verdean Program, Smithsonian Institution, CFPCS, 955 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Ste 2600, Washington, DC, 20560, 202/287-3424 or Fax 202/287-3699.
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