(Big thanks to Marchette Dubois for this guest post! You can see our full lineup of bands at the Festival website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.)  At 2009’s Folklife Festival, in a jam-packed VERA Project, hundreds of sweaty, ebullient people linked hands and line-danced at the first Balkan Misfits Showcase.   Though it was called the Balkan Bridge in those days, it was showcasing the [...]

Why not plan your Folklife weekend to coincide with a SIFF screening? These are all conveniently playing at the SIFF Cinema Uptown! Take a load off and catch a movie between Folklife shows.   Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You – A Concert for Kate McGarrigle This simply and intimately shot concert film captures the emotions of [...]

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(Thanks Wes Weddell for this guest post! See the full schedule of workshops and participatory jams at www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) For the fifth consecutive year now, Folklife will offer the opportunity for anyone at the Festival to share an original song with listeners and fellow songwriters in the Emerald City Songwriter Circles.  The circles have become a celebration of originality, creativity, and [...]

Not only can you take a trip around the world through music, dance, stories and art at the Northwest Folklife Festival, but you can eat your way around the globe as well! Check out our complete list of food vendors here. Be sure to check out Eloi Taste the Carribbean – an unusual treat for the Northwest! You’ll also want [...]

(Tune into KEXP this morning at 9:30 to hear Shelby Earl live on the Morning Show with John Richards!) We are delighted to welcome aboard Team Up for their first year as co-presenters of Indie Roots artists. In partnership with Artist Home (producers of the Doe Bay fest) and with sponsorship by BECU, Team Up has curated a showcase of [...]

For our out-of-town guests, this might not be obvious: Can I sleep overnight at Folklife? Northwest Folklife takes place at Seattle Center, a public Seattle city park. There is no camping allowed. However, we have some great options for you. We have some great deals worked out with nearby hotels and hostels. And for those of you looking to save [...]

(Thanks to Wes Weddelll for this guest post! You can see our full lineup of special events at the Festival website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) The Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Bushwick Book Club – Seattle, to be sure, is not your run-of-the-mill book club: since 2010, a revolving-door cast of local songwriters [...]

We’ve gotten two inquiries about pets in the last week, so there’s probably more of you out there that are wondering: Can I bring my pet to the Festival? Because Folklife takes place in a public park, pets are technically allowed, but we do discourage bringing them to the Festival. The streets can be crowded and not everyone is comfortable [...]

Northwest Folklife is thrilled to present, for the first time, a Festival showcase dedicated to sharing the talented musicians of Vashon Island. “Voices of Vashon Island,” coordinated in partnership with Pete Welch, takes place Sunday, May 26 from 1:00-3:30pm on the Alki Court Stage, and features artists Gregg Curry, Cami Lundeen, Kiki Means, and Allison Shirk. “Vashon Island is just [...]

You are invited to the greatest show of talent in the Northwest! Be part of the 42nd Northwest Folklife Festival this May 24-27 in Seattle Center. Enjoy and participate in your traditions! And experience other cultures by listening to their music, trying out their dances, and hearing their stories. And it’s all FREE. The 42nd Festival features a special focus [...]

Don’t be surprised to see hip hop on our “folk” stages! “Hip hop is definitely a form of folk music,” says Kelli Faryar, Programs Manager at Northwest Folklife. “Folk music is the people’s music, and hip hop is first-hand stories and narratives.” The Festival is a celebration of how all traditions are kept alive in the Northwest–from accordion to zither! [...]

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Don’t be overwhelmed! Here’s just a few of the many great things in this year’s schedule. Leave a comment and tell us what you’re looking forward to! See the full schedule at www.nwfolklife.org/festival.  28 THINGS TO SEE AT FOLKLIFE THIS YEAR  FRIDAY Groove Train: *New!* Kick off the first night of the festival dancing under the stars with Luc and [...]