Scaled-down Smithsonian Folklife Pageant attracts folks and tradition aplenty – WTOP

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The temperatures have been on excessive blast Sunday, however breezes, nice music and extra made it a chill Sunday on the Smithsonian Folklife Pageant on the Nationwide Mall. See pictures.

The temperatures have been on excessive blast Sunday, however breezes, nice music and extra made it a chill Sunday on the Smithsonian Folklife Pageant on the Nationwide Mall.

A few performers instructed WTOP they have been stoked to be right here.

“It’s my first time enjoying, however not my first time on the pageant,” mentioned Dr. Kari Groff, half of kids’s music duo The Shiny Siders.

“It’s my first time on the pageant,” mentioned Kristin Andreassen, the opposite half of the duo. “And I’m very — I’m excited.”

This 12 months’s theme, The Social Energy of Music, struck a chord with each of them.

Groff, a toddler psychiatrist from Brooklyn, mentioned, “Music is simply so therapeutic. It’s simply essentially the most fantastic factor.”

“It’s such as you get to be a undercover agent of social change while you sing a music,” Andreassen mentioned.

12 months 52 of the pageant was a scaled-down model — in time and area — due to the federal government shutdown earlier this 12 months that stifled time that will have been used for analysis, planning and securing funding.

However efforts to verify the pageant has earth-friendly practices has been occurring full scale for a while — since 2014.

“Over the previous few years, we’ve run a program that’s helped maintain over 90 % of our waste out of the landfill,” mentioned Justin Hensley, the operations supervisor for the pageant.

Latvian singing and Lithuanian dancing have been on the invoice on the Smithsonian Folklife Pageant. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)

There have been blue vats of cool water with a number of spouts for folk to refill their water bottles, cups or different ingesting receptacles. People may even place their mouths under the spout to let the water fall in there, Hensley mentioned.

He additionally mentioned they’re capturing three streams of waste, objects that will probably be recycled, composted and objects that will probably be despatched to the landfill.

“We assist with coordinating and capturing all of this compost that’s being generated at this pageant and reusing it for our soil,” mentioned Kristie Blumer, natural options supervisor at The Compost Crew.

Blumer mentioned the compost stream is shipped to a facility in Prince George’s County, “which is the industrial composting facility within the space.

“And all of that soil will get utilized in our agricultural land, in our local people gardens, however not simply that — it’s additionally (used at) building websites to cut back runoff,” Blumer mentioned.

“The massive takeaway for us is to only ask the query of ‘What is that this factor in my hand, and the place does it go?’ As a result of while you end with it, [that] doesn’t imply it’s completed,” Hensley mentioned.

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