Photos From the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts’ Tyler Henry and Amber Parker demonstrate aerial silks at the Folklife Festival. Photo: Andy Jones
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A big top on the National Mall welcomes visitors to the 50th annual Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Tom Johnson, Jenna Wynne, and Channing Gross of the Sailor CIrcus perform a “swinging cradle” inside the big top at the circus themed Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Charlie Mathewson (l) and Patrick Brown from Sarasota, Florida practice juggling in front of the Washington Monument at the 50th Annual Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Beth Clary Schwier, takes inspiration from the aerial display at the Folklife Festival. Schwier hails from Peru, Indiana, the “Circus Capital of the World.” (Photo / Andy Jones)
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School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts’ Tyler Henry demonstrates aerial silks at the Folklife Festival. Tyler came to D.C. from Seattle for the 50th anniversary of the festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts’ Tyler Henry and Amber Parker demonstrate aerial silks at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Samaya Stevenson from D.C. gets a lesson in juggling in the Circus School at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Four-year-old Jagger Roessler from Bellingham, Washington, practices the classic clown art of plate spinning at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Benjamin Baxter practices juggling hoops at the 50th Annual Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Jeff Raz entertains the audience with tales from his more than 35 years as a clown. Raz has performed with Cirque du Soleil and founded the Clown Conservatory in 2000. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Robin Eurich of the Circus Arts Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida leads a demonstration in Circus Science at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Andrew, a student with the Wenatchee Youth Circus class, demonstrates juggling for the crowd at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Take a seat in the shade and listen to discussions from leaders and movers in the circus world. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Young circus enthusiasts enjoy practicing their hula skills and making dance ribbons in the Circus School at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Circus Harmony’s Sean Patrick demonstrates a “Juggle board” to interested onlookers. Developed by Craig Quat, the juggle board can help train juggling, and is especially helpful to those with developmental disabilities, and to assist in therapy. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Tyler Henry shows 8 year old Shaeniah Butler an introduction to acrobatics at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Anna, a student with Circus Harmony out of St. Louis, successfully dismounts from the swing high above the crowd at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Sailor Circus’s Tom Johnson and Channing Gross connect during a Swinging Cradle display under the big top at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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A student from Circus Juventas, out of St. Paul, Minnesota, rehearses a Russian Bar routine under the big top at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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A family watches in suspense during the Circus Juventas acrobatic act under the big top at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Circus Juventas puts on an interpretation of Alice in Wonderland under the big top at the Folklife Festival. (Photo / Andy Jones)
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Acrobats from Circus Juventas hang high above the crowd at the Folklife Festival. Photo: Andy Jones
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