Seattle Center just shared the exciting details of Festal 2013‘s first event: the Tet Festival! Here’s what you need to know:
Lion Dances, Firecrackers and Festive Entertainment
Celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year
Seattle Center Festál presents Tet Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year, 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, in Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion. Join us as we explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through music and dance performances, hands-on activities, Vietnamese food, martial arts demonstrations, crafts and much more.
The Vietnamese Lunar New Year welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. The celebration offers an atmosphere and entertainment offerings that are unique to this 2013 Seattle Center Festál series opener.
Visitors are invited to relive one thousand years of Vietnamese history. Generations young and old will delight in the Vietnamese cultural beauty and charm that fill the two-day festival. The weekend features local talents, a glittering fashion show, celebrated Vietnamese singers and vibrant children’s performances.
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.
Tet Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year is produced in partnership with the Tet in Seattle. For more information, visit tetinseattle.org. To learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center, click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.
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.