The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival takes place for two weeks every summer on the National Mall. It is an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other tradition bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions, and take part in this unique cultural exchange. For more information about the Folklife Festival:

The 2023 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program “Living Religion: Creative Encounters in the U.S.” explores how the country’s diverse religious traditions inspire a wellspring of creative encounters and expressions. The program centers stories and lived experiences of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, followers of Native American and African-inspired religions, Humanists, and other religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions. For more information about Living Religion:


Organization/Company: Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline: December 15, 2022
How to Apply: Tradition and culture bearers (artists, craftspeople, dancers, singers, cooks, and others) who are interested in participating in the Festival should complete the participant survey: