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Folklife Festival’s 50th Aims Its Attention on the Big Top!

“We need 500 juggling balls,” a project coordinator tells the supply coordinator with a straight face. In the final days leading up to the 2017 Folklife Festival the offices of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Southwest Washington, D.C., are bustling with well-organized mayhem. At a corner desk, a multicolored spreadsheet spans two computer monitors like a backlit mosaic. It is the final schedule for 500 master circus performers from 15 national circus troupes who will travel to Washington, D.C. to entertain and engaging with hundreds of thousands of visitors over 10 days in 17 different venues.

In the midst of this sustained crescendo of activity, circus arts Co-Curator Jim Deutsch, Program Coordinator Nichole Procopenko and Intern Taylor Heagler took a few moments to answer a some questions from Insider about the Center’s foray into circus arts as a key component of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s 50th Anniversary, beginning Thursday, June 29…

Link to full article at Smithsonian Insider


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