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C’est Bon! Seattle French Fest is March 24

Are you wondering what happened to the Bastille Day Festival? Well, it’s gotten bigger and better, and is now the Seattle French Fest, celebrating all things Francophone. Read on!

Oui à la Francophonie!
Seattle Center Festál: Seattle French Fest

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle French Fest:  A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, March 24, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the French way of life as it is lived throughout the world through performing and visual arts, hands-on activities, cars, and a lively marketplace.

This first annual Festál event features A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures to promote and raise awareness of Francophone cultures and traditions. Live music, theater and dance well as international food and wine add to the celebration of French culture and regional presence. This inaugural celebration of la Francophonie in Seattle, will feature many of the over 70 member states included in Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Performance highlights include:

Tahitian dance by Te Fare O Tamatoa, Louisiana Cajun music from Folichon, French-Canadian tunes and percussive dance by Podorythmie, gypsy jazz from Pearl Django, and traditional French language songs from around the world by the Alliance Française Choir and the Théâtre Français Choir.

Festival-goers are also invited to informational seminars on French fashion in Seattle with Seattle’s Fashion Incubator, the Canadian Métis in the Pacific Northwest with Robert Foxcurran, the Francophone world with University of Washington French and Italian Studies Chair Richard Watts, French politics with Deputy Consul General of France Corrine Pereira, and readings of French language poetry from around the world with Misa Bourdoiseau of Éducation Française Greater Seattle. Also on the schedule are performances by many of the area’s French language schools, traditional French dictation exercises for both beginner and intermediate levels organized by University of Washington French Studies students, and chef demos from around the French-speaking world.

Creative activites for children of all ages organized by the Alliance Française de Seattle and booths hosted by Biot-Tacoma Sister City Association, Canoe Island French Camp, Éducation Française Greater Seattle, the French American School of Puget Sound, the French Bilingual Association, the French Immersion School of Washington, Maison de France, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association, Théatre Français de Seattle, Vive la France and more will compliment these interactive performances and seminars.

Au menu in the international bistro festures:  Louisiana fried oyster po’boy sandwich, sandwich Parisian (ham baguette sandwich), bisque de tomate (creamy tomato soup), salade de crudités (trio of fresh salads) and Belgian moules frites (steamed mussels with fries).

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.

Seattle French Fest is produced in partnership with France Education Northwest under the auspices of the Consular Agency of France. For more information on Seattle French Fest, visit www.fenpnw.org. Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public events 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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Call to Artists: Youth Perspectives on Working in Washington State

When Your Work Speaks for Itself, Don’t Interrupt
Youth Perspectives on Working in Washington State

Northwest Folklife is proud to announce a call to teen and young adult artists for the youth art show. This show will be a part of the Folklife Festival (May 24-27) and will be in the Ver(A)rt Gallery. This year’s theme explores working in Washington, focusing on how work experience or work goals impact and shape people’s lives. We are looking for artists working in all mediums (2D, 3D, writing, video, etc).

Topics:
- what do you want to do when you “grow up”?

- what do you want to be doing in 10 years?

- Have you ever had a really good/bad/crazy/weird job?

- What is it like to work in Washington?

- When you were younger what was your ideal job? How has that changed over the years? How does it compare to what you are doing now?

- What is work?

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Send applications to: alea@nwfolklife.org

irish

Trace Your Irish Roots at Festal’s Irish Week Festival

Seattle Center Festál presents Irish Week Festival, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., March 16 and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, March 17, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Ireland through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace.

Irish tunes, step dancing and the Irish jig keep the energy flowing at this community wide Irish Festival. Event-goers may trace their roots in genealogy workshops, learn the Irish language and take in colorful cultural exhibits and contemporary Irish short films. Meet Irish celebraties, view Irish movies, cultural exhibits and demonstrations and have a “great craic” (gaelic for “a great time”). Download the program here.

Unique in 2013, Irish Festival presents:

PRESENTATION AND DISPLAY ON C. S. LEWIS – This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death on Nov. 22, 1963 of Irishman C. S. Lewis. Few authors of fantasy literature are as beloved as Lewis, who was born in Belfast on Nov. 29, 1898. He is regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost writers and Christian thinkers. His children’s novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was made into a movie in 2005.

ARTIST DEMO – Seattle artist Sheila Newman will demonstrate watercolor painting and how she draws Irish scenes and landscapes.

HISTORY LECTURE – Historian David McCourt lectures on two major Irish anniversaries, the 1913 lock-out and strike that was the most severe and significant industrial dispute in Irish history and the 1963 visit of John F. Kennedy to his ancestral homeland just five months before his assassination.

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.

Irish Festival is produced in partnership with Irish Heritage Club of Seattle. For more information on Irish Festival, visit www.irishclub.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.

NFDI Benefit / Photo by Michael Chandler

We Love our Dance Community

Lake City Contra Marathon/Photo by Michael Chandler

March 7 – March 10 is a very special time to a large number of Northwest Folklife devotees. The Cascade Promenade has become an annual tradition for the Northwest Contra Community as dancers take to halls along the I-5 corridor for four days of non-stop dance.

Two great benefits for Northwest Folklife took place during the Cascade Promenade this year. The Lake City 8th Annual Contra Marathon and the Portland Roadhouse Dance donated proceeds to support the mission of Folklife. On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and the greater community of Folklife lovers we’d like to say a giant THANK YOU to you for your support.

Contra dancers, callers, musicians, and organizers have long been a very important part of what keeps Folklife moving forward. Thank you for dedicating so much of your energy to creating, attending, and supporting these incredible events!

Northwest Folklife would also like to extend a great big thank you to NFDI and all who participated in the event at Cedar Valley Grange Hall on Saturday, March 9th. Your support and energy has been such an important part of Folklife over the years. Thank you for showing up to dance the night away to Scandinavian, International, Contra and English dance music and to show your support for Northwest Folklife.

We hope that you all are resting your feet after four days of non-stop dancing! Save up your energy, we’ve got even more for you in just a few short months at the 42nd  Annual Northwest Folklife Festival.

NFDI Benefit / Photo by Michael Chandler

NFDI Benefit / Photo by Michael Chandler

NFDI Benefit / Photo by Michael Chandler

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Volunteers Make it Happen!

Volunteers are an essential part of the Northwest Folklife Festival! Every year, over 800 volunteers staff our entrances, information booths, registration and more to make sure we have the most welcoming community arts Festival in the city. Be a part of it!

Fill out a Volunteer Application TODAY!

Volunteers receive discounted merchandise and other perks. Most importantly, volunteering gives you a great opportunity to give back to your community and meet some amazing people in the process!

Please visit the volunteer page of our Festival website for more information!

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Your Question Answered: Are You Still Looking for Performers for the 2013 Festival?

Here’s one that came in from Bainbridge Island, but I bet a few other people might be wondering the same thing:

If its not too late, we would like to be considered for performance this year.

The answer is: Sorry! It’s too late.

Each year the application to perform goes live on our website on September 1, and the deadline is December 15. If you are interested in performing at the 2014 Festival, I’d suggest you sign up for our eNews or like us on Facebook to be alerted to when the application goes up. You are still welcome to participate in the 2013 Festival as a busker, or by joining in one of our dances or singalongs.

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

KCTS9

KCTS 9 Returns as Media Partner for 2013 Festival

Northwest Folklife is pleased to welcome KCTS Channel 9 back as a media sponsor for the 42nd Northwest Folklife Festival. KCTS first joined us last year as our exclusive broadcast television sponsor.

“It’s a natural partnership,” says Folklife Executive Director Rob Townsend. “They have their main office and station facilities right on the Seattle Center campus, the home of the Festival since it began in 1972. We’re delighted to continue this relationship with our neighbors.”

Says KCTS 9’s Hilda Cullen, “KCTS is proud to partner with Northwest Folklife – an iconic Seattle event which for more than 40 years has been the largest free community arts and cultural festival in the country. The arts are vital to a thriving community, and one of our key initiatives at KCTS 9 is to bring more arts and culture-related programming to our viewers. We strive to provide free access to the arts for everyone, so a collaboration with Northwest Folklife is a natural partnership for us.”

KCTS 9 has 1.6 million viewers in Washington state and another 828,000 viewers in Canada. The station has been broadcasting from Seattle Center campus since 1986.