A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival features Art, Culture, Music and Dance    Seattle Center Festál presents A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, May 18, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on [...]

(Thanks to Mish Mish  for this guest post! You can see the full schedule of events at the 2013 Folklife Festival at www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) WHAT IS A ZEFFA? This year, for the first time ever, those of you who attend  Folklife  will get to see a recreation of a Zeffa, the traditional procession that is a part of wedding celebrations held in [...]

(Thanks to Tagoipah Mathno for this guest post! You can read about all the opportunities to dance at the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival at our website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) What is a great way to meet new people and have fun? Throw a dance party! World Dance Party (WDP) was created for neighbors to interact and to celebrate diversity and culture over a [...]

(Thanks to Carolyn for this guest post! You can read more about all our performers at the Festival website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) From performing in Europe amongst musicians, jugglers, comedians, one-man bands, mimes, and contortionists, to traveling the circus like Renaissance Fair circuit, to recording and co-producing with Billy Oskay (founding member of the Windham Hill recording and touring ensemble Nightnoise and producer [...]

(Thanks to guest blogger David Guilbault for this post! You can find out more about all the musicians participating at this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival at www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) The David Guilbault Band plays original music about life, love and loss – songs that live in the truth.  The music fits nicely in the Americana / Folk Rock / Alt Country genres.  [...]

Across the Arab nations, some of the most captivating and frequently shared songs and stories are those of unfulfilled love.  You can hear the rich and yearning chords calling out from the stringed oud or the woodwind nay, or coming from the vocals of the adored and recently departed singer, Warda. Here in the Northwest, bands such as House of [...]

Thank you to the nearly 150 donors who contributed over $18,000 to Northwest Folklife yesterday. You all really know how to GiveBIG! You beat the goal! Your gifts will help Northwest Folklife continue to bring people together to celebrate the diverse and amazing cultural traditions of our region. Thank you also to the anonymous donor who put forth the $15,000 matching [...]

Visit our Seattle Foundation Profile Page now and click Donate Now, to GiveBIG to Northwest Folklife! From midnight to midnight today only, every donation made to Northwest Folklife via our Seattle Foundation Profile Page will be stretched further thanks to by the Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors, who will match a share of every contribution! In addition to The Seattle [...]

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Help build sustainable communities with Bike Works! Northwest Folklife is excited to partner with Bike Works at our Festival this year! Bike works is an innovative organization centered around bicycles that combine youth development, community engagement, bicycle recycling and a social enterprise bike shop to help build a sustainable and healthy community. Imagine your old bike, sitting dormant, collecting dust, [...]

Visit our Seattle Foundation Profile Page  on May 6 and click Donate Now, to make a donation to Northwest Folklife! On May 6, 2014 The Seattle Foundation will host GiveBIG – a one-day, online charitable giving event to benefit nonprofits in our community. Every donation made to Northwest Folklife via our Seattle Foundation Profile Page on May 6 will be stretched further thanks to [...]

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(Thanks to Rob Witte for this guest blog! You can see the complete list of 2013 Festival performers at our website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.)  The Chance Brothers Band’s story begins with The Outriders, a critically acclaimed country/cowboy band that performed in several iterations until 2008. Bruce and Rob were both original members of the band.  The Outriders played a lot and grew [...]

(Thanks to Sue Isely for this guest post! The full 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival schedule is now online and available for PDF download at www.nwfolklife.org/festival.) The colorful costume pictured here will be worn by the bride in the Hungarian Showcase: A Turning-point in Village Life: the Hungarian Wedding. When Kathryn Isely, a member of Kisbetyárok,  visited a friend in Mezőkövesd, [...]