Circus Juventas has been invited to perform at the 50th anniversary Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our youth to participate in an event that will expose their jaw-dropping artistry and athleticism to hundreds of thousands of people. And it’s a wonderful opportunity for Circus Juventas to increase our reach. From June 29 through July 9, 2017, our students, coaches, and riggers will be immersed in circus culture, perform on the National Mall and in Smithsonian buildings, and build support and national recognition for our programs and the growing youth circus arts movement in this country. We will be part of a living circus museum bringing light to the culture of circus and the vibrancy of St. Paul.
In 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates 50 years of cultural exploration and exchange on the National Mall of the United States. Its history is diverse, rooted in stories of cultural transmission between and within families, generations, and communities. To date, the Festival has hosted over 20,000 dancers, musicians, artisans, cooks, and others from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Research driven and collaboratively curated, the Festival annually reaches hundreds of thousands on site and millions more online. Whether learning a new song or trying an unfamiliar craft, visitors are encouraged to consider the role culture and creativity, tradition and innovation play in their own lives.
This year’s Festival features three programs: Circus Arts, American Folk: Celebrating the NEA Heritage Fellows, and On the Move: Youth, Culture, and Migration. Each provides a unique window on the American experience. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is free to the public. It is produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and presented in partnership with the National Park Service.