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The AIDS Memorial Quilt is returning to Washington, D.C. this summer in two inspiring ways…

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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival ­

June 27 ­-July 1, 2018 | July 4 ­-8, 2018

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living culturalheritage annually produced by the Smithsonian Institution?s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Sections of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display as part of this year?s Folklife Festival which takes place between June 28 ­ July 1; July 4 ­ 8, 2018.

The Festival takes place on The National Mall in the heart of the nation?s capital; the Festival is free to the public and averages more than one million visitors annually and reaches millions more through media coverage worldwide.

Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the first Festival program to focus exclusively on community craft and performance that developed in response to crisis and grief. Through craft demonstrations, dance and musical performances, interactive discussions, and other activities, the 2012 Festival will commemorate the innovative and resourceful ways through which communities have endeavored to educate people and to cope with one of the most complex epidemics in modern history.

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Quilt In the Capital ­

July 21 -25, 2018

Sections of The Quilt will also be on display on The National Mall and at more than 40 other locations** throughout the Washington, D.C. area from July 21 ­ 25, 2018.

This display coincides with The International AIDS Conference that is taking place at The Convention Center.

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) provides the global scientific community with a vital opportunity to engage with one another and advance all
facets of the collective effort to prevent and treat HIV. This conference will play a key role in shaping international scientific and public health responses to HIV/AIDS.

Participating venues include Arena Stage, American University, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Dulles Airport, Reagan International Airport, The Mayflower Renaissance, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, The Organization of American States | Art Museum of the Americas, The Kennedy Center, Human Rights Campaign, Nationals Stadium, The Westin City Center, The Department of The Interior South Building Plaza, The Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center, St. Paul?s Lutheran Church, Eastern Market North Hall, National Building Museum, The Harman Center for The Performing Arts and numerous National Park Service locations throughout the City.