The festival at the Freer and neighboring Arthur M. Sackler gallery features programs for visitors of all ages. A noon tour conducted by Freer curator Louise Cort on July 12 provides further insight into the exhibition.
Craft and Cooking Demonstrations
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Freer lawn (north side)
Sunday, July 10, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Watch Vietnamese cooks prepare a variety of traditional Asian dishes as artisans work on traditional folk crafts.
Saturday, July 9, 10:30 a.m.12 p.m. and 3:305 p.m. Sackler, level 1
Observe traditional Asian methods for creating colorful and imaginative prints and take one home.
Vietnamese Music and Dance
Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m.12 p.m., 12 p.m., and 34 p.m. Meyer Auditorium
Celebrate the variety of Vietnam, from royal court dances of the Viet majority to rarely seen styles from some of the country's many ethnic minorities. Selections include traditional gourd lutes of the central highlands and Northwest Vietnam as well as the unique unique dàn bâu, a monochord whose eerie harmonics have been favored by imperial court and street musicians alike. The 11 a.m. program is repeated at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Children's Rice Dolls
Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m.4 p.m. ImaginAsia classroom
Villagers of Xuân La in Phú Xuyên District of Hà Tây Province are well known for their skill in making delicate tò he toys, figurines made from colored rice dough. Learn this traditional craft from Nguyen Van Thuan, a Vietnamese master.
Make a Bamboo Flute
Saturday, July 9, 12:302 p.m. Sackler, level 1
See how these folk instruments of Vietnam are formed from raw bamboo and then played by visiting musician, Vu Thi Thanh Huong.
Vietnamese Ceramics from the Red River Delta
Tuesday, July 12, 12 p.m. Freer info desk
Curator Louise Cort discusses Vietnamese ceramics that are displayed together for the first time. The pieces include monochrome and decorated wares that date from 12th through the 16th century.
The Freer Gallery of Art (12th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W.) and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (1050 Independence Ave. S.W.) together form the national museum of Asian art for the United States. The Freer also houses a major collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century American art. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Dec. 25, and admission is free. Public tours are offered daily, except Wednesdays and public holidays and are subject to docent availability. The galleries are located near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information, the public may call (202) 633-1000 or TTY (202) 357-1729, or visit the exhibitions section of the galleries' website.