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You’re Invited to Folklife’s Winter Fireside Party!

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Bring your instruments! We’ll be jamming around the fireplace.

Join us for our very first annual Winter Fireside Party; a benefit for Northwest Folklife

on January 25, 2014 at the VERA Project on Seattle Center grounds!

Enjoy a full day and evening of string bands, indie-roots, blues and gospel music, as well as the opportunity to hear from artists in a cozy and intimate setting.

Guests are invited to join us for a square dance featuring The Onlies and caller Gabe Strand; performances in the main venue featuring The Sojourners, Jason Dodson & Kevin Barrans of The Maldives, Ravenna Woods, and The Shivas.

The Northwest Fiddle Showcase highlights a varied line-up of some of the best fiddlers in the Northwest such as Phil & Vivian Williams, Ben Hunter (of Renegade Stringband), Karen England & Jim Newberry, The Onlies, and Paul Anastasio.

Special acoustic performances in the Vera Gallery include Baby Gramps, Vikesh Kapoor, Juliana & PAVA, Les Pamplemousses, and Orville Johnson.

And don’t miss our Fireside Tent: a cozy, outdoor heated and fire lit space for jams and conversation with musicians.nwf_winterfiresideparty14_poster_v1125

Come support Northwest Folklife and keep warm on a Seattle winter’s day!

Food and drink available in the venue. Doors at 1:30PM. Music and jammin’ until 11:00PM. Tickets $25

You can also purchase a Northwest Fiddle Tour Ticket. This ticket price includes admission to Seattle Folklore Society’s Fiddle Showcase AND Folklife’s Winter Fireside Party!

Get your tickets before they’re gone!

Join the Programming Team at Folklife!

Do you love music, arts, and culture?

Are you interested in learning what it takes to program the largest free community arts festival in the nation?

 

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The Skablins; photo by Piper Hanson

Folklife is now seeking a Programming Intern for the 2014 Folklife Festival (May 23-26, 2014)! The Programming Internship is central to the programming Northwest Folklife has to offer. This Intern plays a key role in ensuring smooth festival production from a programming standpoint.

 

Interning at Northwest Folklife can be the experience you need to gain a career in event planning, festival production, the music industry, nonprofit management, marketing, fundraising and a whole host of other fields. Interns at Northwest Folklife take on a significant role in executing the largest free community arts festival in the nation and learn how to increase visibility and strengthen the sustainability of a nonprofit organization.

 

This internship is from December through June — 20 hours a week.

Interested? Follow this link!

Mark your calendars for the release of Roots & Branches, Volume 5 on December 6th!

Roots & Branches, a series of recordings from Northwest Folklife, presents live performances mined from four decades of Festival performances.

The 2013 Roots & Branches disc features some of the dynamic musical traditions that make Folklife the premier community arts festival in the nation including: Badger Pocket, Renegade Stringband, Shelby Earl, Juliana and PAVA, Soul Senate, Les Pamplemousses, J. Wong, The Sumner Brothers, Vivian and Phil Williams, Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme, and The Sojourners!

Volume 5: Live from the 2013 Festival will be available on Northwest Folklife’s website, December 6, 2013, as well as during the 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival, Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27.
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Stay tuned for highlighted tracks form the album and more on our website in the weeks to come.

More than 10 fun things to do at CroatiaFest’s 10 year anniversary!

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So Many Ways to Take in Croatian Culture at Seattle Center Festál:  CroatiaFest

Seattle Center Festál presents CroatiaFest, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Sunday, Oct. 6, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Croatia through live performances, foods, hands-on activities, and a lively marketplace. Acclaimed dance ensembles and musicians, intricate costumes, art exhibits, tourist information and displays showcase Croatia’s rich past and dynamic present.

CroatiaFest 2013, its 10th anniversary year, celebrates All Things Croatian!  Festival-goers will find an author’s corner, Croatian costume photo booth, and photo cutout opportunities. They may trace their genealogy and learn about the varied history of Croatians across the state of Washington, in communities such as Grays Harbor, Interbay, Spokane, Everett and the Roslyn/Cle Elum area.

The Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra travels from Pittsburgh, Penn. to perform at CroatiaFest. Grcevich, recognized as the premiere tamburitza prim player in the world, has gained fame both in the United States and in Europe through his recordings and performances over nearly 40 years. Acclaimed Pacific Northwest groups Radost Folk Ensemble, Ruže Dalmatinke Orchestra and Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble will also perform.

Expert chefs offer cooking demonstrations of some of the country’s most beloved dishes throughout the day in the west bay of Seattle Center Armory. Three inside and four outside food booths will feature authentic Croatian entrees for purchase.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

CroatiaFest is produced in partnership with CroatiaFest Committee. For more information on CroatiaFest, including a full schedule of events, visit croatiafest.org. Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

 

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle Center Foundation and the City of Seattle.

WinterGrass is coming!

This just in from our pals at WinterGrass!!!

wintergrasspic2Hot off the press!!!  See the attached flyer for a list of some of the headline bands at Wintergrass 2014 February 27 – March 2, 2014) !  More to come!  Please share with everyone you know!

How’s  this for an AMAZING lineup for 2014:   Dailey & Vincent, Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, Vӓsen (these guys are awesome!!!), Mike Marshall & Chris Thile (can’t think of any better mandolin virtuosos; and they’re performing together…wow!!!), Kathy Kallick, The Kruger Brothers (Jens was the 2013 recipient of Steve Martin’s annual $50K award to a Banjo Player who exhibits excellence in the banjo…..SWEET, and very well-deserved!) , Rushad Eggleston (I love him!), The Duhks, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, Matuto (one of my favorite bands last year), The Duhks, The Cleverlys (hope you saw them last year … I’m still laughing!) and more to come.

The special fee-based workshops on Feb. 27 (WG calls them Intensives) include Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Darrell Scott and Vӓsen. More instructors to be announced!

Reminder for WG volunteers:  Be sure to sign up again online www.wintergrass.org and contact whoever you’ve worked with before (e.g. Dan Mortensen) if you’re volunteering.

Needing to purchase WG tickets?  You can purchase your tickets online (get them while the discount still applies). The weekend pass for youth is very reasonable, so be sure to get passes for your kids and grandkids!

Also, the Sallal Grange in North Bend is having its annual fundraising auction on Saturday October 12.  Hope you can make it to the auction …  it’s tons of fun!!!  Live 60′s/70′s music (attire of the period encouraged!), delicious food, silent and live auctions (auctioneer is radio broadcast personality Bob Rivers), etc. Proceeds help the Grange to continue its dairy drive for the Food Bank, work on Project Linus (blankets for children in distress), scholarships, supporting local food sources, and wholesome community events (monthly contra dance, monthly open mic, monthly community game night and various live concerts).  For more info:  www.sallalgrange.org    Among the great auction items will be two full weekend passes to Wintergrass!

Saturday Dec. 7 at 7:30 pm the Sallal Grange is presenting a concert by Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst. Both are award winning instrumentalists and are nominated this year for IBMA’s awards in their respective categories. They did a fabulous concert at the Grange last year!

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Now Accepting Performer Applications

CallGraphic1Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors to participate in the 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival, which will take place May 23-26, 2014, at Seattle Center.

If you or your group is based in the Northwest region, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana, this is a great opportunity to share your music and traditions!

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest FREE community arts festival in the United States. It is presented each year in Seattle by Northwest Folklife, a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Last year Northwest Folklife programmed over 6,000 performers in 65 different genres of music, from Hawaiian to hip-hop. We presented dance performances representing cultures from Ireland to India. We believe everyone is a bearer of folk arts, and we encourage communities to share their cultural traditions, in the hope that interaction with new audiences will enrich the community as much as the audience.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT PERFORMER APPLICATIONS

Interested in how we select bands and performance groups? Click here to read our Programming FAQ.

Still have questions? Email our programming team now.

Jam Hawaiian Style at the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Features A Feast for the Senses 

livealohaSeattle Center Festál presents Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof. The festival provides a feast for the senses as visitors journey through the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii.

The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival celebrates what it means to “live aloha.” Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, Hawaiian crafts, hula, music and flower making workshops honor this special culture. 2013 highlights include:

  • Two stages of live Hawaiian music and hula featuring award winning headlining Hawaiian duo Kupaoa from the island of Oahu!
  • Kanikapila Tent – bring your ukulele or other instruments and jam to Hawaiian favorites
  • Children’s activities at Live Aloha’s Keiki Korner
  • Hawaiian Storytelling Stage where you can hear stories about Hawaiian legends
  • Hawaiian workshops including:  flower making, Hawaiian language, and the art of ukulele and Hawaiian slack-key guitar
  • Musubi eating contest!
  • Hawaiian foods, snacks and marketplace

 

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival is produced in partnership with Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Committee. For more information on Live Aloha, visit seattlelivealohafestival.com. Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

 

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

 

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Lively Tibet Fest Brings You Food Experts, Group Dance, and More

Tibet Fest Features Acclaimed Artists, Tibetan Foods and Hands-on Explorations

tibetSeattle Center Festál presents Tibet Fest, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Aug. 24 and 25, in Seattle Center Armory. Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven into the two-day festival, which seeks to preserve this centuries-old culture. Live performances, visual arts and crafts, hands-on activities, traditional foods, games, and a lively marketplace illuminate Tibet’s extraordinary past and present.

In 2013, Tibet Fest features acclaimed international artists Ngawang Kechog (Denver, Colo) and Loten Namling (Switzerland), former performers of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Sonam Pelmo, Tashi Dhondup (Portland, Ore), and Tashi Thsering and Tsering Dorjee Bawa (San Francisco, Calif) and the children of Seattle’s own Tibetan Language and Culture Class.

Tibetan food expert, Yangchen Lakar, and Himalyan Super Food owners will demonstrate Tsampa making process and audience members will be able to taste Tsampa, the staple food of Tibet, known sometimes as the national food of Tibet. Visitors may also join in a group dance and decorate prayer flags.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Tibet Fest is produced in partnership with Tibetan Association of Washington. For more information on Tibet Fest, visit washingtontibet.org. Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

 

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

Do you love glittering costumes and delicious food? BrasilFest is August 18!

High Spirits and Lively Movement Energize Seattle Center Festál BrasilFest

brasilWatch a demonstration of the elegant and powerful capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes and eat authentic food while learning about a remarkable and varied culture at Seattle Center Festál:  BrasilFest, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Pavilion rooftop.

BrasilFest celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot, exploring its African, Portuguese and indigenous roots through  classical guitar, Brazilian dances, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. This year, it recognizes its 15th annual festival with a visual art display, “History of 15 Years of BrasilFest,” representing the Brazilian culture, arts, and entertainment in Seattle.

Featured artists in 2013 include:  Onda Verde, Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, Fofinho, Samia and Friends, Eduardo Mendonça & Show Brazil!, Batucada Yemanjá, Dora Oliveira, SWOJO – Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, ChoroLoco, Grupo Amoroso, Capoeira FICA, and VamoLá.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations in partnership with Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

BrasilFest is produced by Brazil Center, Show Brazil Productions, Brazil Arts & Education and the Ethnic Heritage Council. For more information on BrasilFest, visit brasilfest.org . Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

 

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

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Indigenous Cultures Day Means Pow Wows, Skateboarding, Films & More

Seattle Center Festál Indigenous Cultures Day Highlights

Native Cultures from Across the Globe

 

Update! Download the festival program now!

Did you know?

Urban Indian was the Cultural Focus at the 2008 Northwest Folklife Festival.  Tracy Rector of Longhouse Media and Native Lens developed the relationship with Seattle Center to create the first Indigenous Cultures Day.  Tracy was a member of the Special Focus Urban Indian Focus Committee.  This resulted in the one day festival being held on August 21, 2010!

In 2011 Marc Taylor with the Seattle Indian Health Board took it on and he, SIHB team, and community members, have worked to attain official FESTAL status this year (2013).

Seattle Center Festál presents Indigenous Cultures Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, in Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre.icd

Explore and experience the rich traditions and contemporary influences of the world’s indigenous cultures through dance, live music, a mini powwow, native film festival, youth day at EMP Museum, arts and craft vendors and visual art demonstrations. This family-friendly event also offers skateboarding workshops, a native youth theater performance and an opportunity for children to make stencil art shirts for free.

Indigenous Cultures Day seeks to bring together people divided by cultural differences, personal prejudices and government policies by providing a basis for better cultural understanding. This year’s festival celebrates the many indigenous communities of Seattle. The Day’s entertainment touches on native cultures from across the globe – from African, Thai, Aztec, Haida, Hawaiian and South Pacific dance to Japanese Taiko drumming, Coast Salish storytelling and classical flute and acoustic guitar.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Indigenous Cultures Day is produced in partnership Seattle Indian Health Board. Admission is free. For more information on Indigenous Cultures Day, visit Indigenous Cultures Day on Facebook. Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

 

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

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Big Day at Seattle Center this Weekend!

Plan Ahead, Stick Around and Enjoy Saturday’s Festivities

seafairpiratesSaturday, July 27 presents a myriad of arts, sports, entertainment and family activities at Seattle Center. The events will generate street, garage and grounds congestion as well as lane and street closures. Please encourage Seattle Center visitors to plan ahead, map out available arrival and departure routes and expect heavier than usual traffic in and around the Center.

Seafair Torchlight Spectacular takes place, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., on the grounds. The Michelob ULTRA Seafair Torchlight Run, 6:30 p.m., closes streets along the run route beginning at 5:30 p.m. The run starts and ends at 2nd Ave. N. and Thomas St. The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade, 7:30 p.m., stages parade floats along Mercer St., closing the south two lanes to traffic, and along southbound 5th Ave. N. The parade route begins on Broad St. at the Space Needle turn-around and proceeds to 4th Ave. towards the downtown area. You’ll find more information about the Run and Parade routes at:  www.seafair.com.

Several additional events are planned in venues at Seattle Center. The Ultimate Fighting Championship takes place 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at KeyArena. Expected attendance is 9,000. Seattle Opera will conduct an orchestra dress rehearsal for Rheingold, part of The Ring Cycle, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., and 2,000 are expected. A production of The Gondoliers takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Bagley Wright Theatre. Intiman Theatre presents Trouble in Mind at 2 p.m. and Stu for Silverton at 8 p.m. at the Cornish Playhouse. The annual Seattle Center Movies at the Mural series opens at 9 p.m. (dusk) at Mural Amphitheatre with a screening of The Princess Bride.

All Seattle Center parking garages are open and accessible on Saturday. Visitors interested in avoiding periods of street congestion will find lots to do on the grounds. All visitor attractions, including Chihuly Garden and Glass, EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center and Seattle Children’s Museum, will maintain their regular Saturday hours. Visitors may also take advantage of Center amenities including the many fresh food offerings in Seattle Center Armory, and International Fountain will remain in service as one of the City’s many cooling centers.

For more information on Seattle Center events, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

 

About Seattle Center

Seattle Center serves as an extraordinary arts, civic and family gathering place in the core of our region. The more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74-acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, offer nearly 5,000 events attracting 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.