For 46 years, Northwest Folklife has brought diverse communities of the Pacific Northwest together on the grounds of Seattle Center, the city’s central gathering space. Northwest Folklife shares these same grounds year-round with Festál, the Center’s presenting organization that works with 23 community organizations to bring festivals like Diwali, Tet Festival, CroatiaFest, Spirit of Indigenous People, and more to Seattle Center. As Festál Turns 20 in 2017, Northwest Folklife celebrates the ground-breaking, community-organizing work for which Festál is known.
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store!
Around the World through Cultural Attires
Travel around the world through cultural attires, jewelry and traditional accessories. The Cultural Attire showcase will showcase 14 Festál cultures including Hmong, Tibet, Poland, China, Africa, Japan and more. Saturday, May 27, 3:00-5:00PM in the Charlotte Martin Theatre
Northwest Folklife, Seattle Center and Jack Straw Cultural Center presents Festál Turns 20 Music Collaboration Showcase
Celebrating the common threads of music from around the world, experience a one-of-a-kind showcase that highlights 9 distinguished musicians representing Festál Cultural Festivals in solo performances and a special live collaboration.
Saturday, May 27 from 7:00-10:00PM in the Cornish Playhouse
Iranian Festival presents Baran Dance Ensemble, music with Ayla, poetry by Ali Ghambari and Gazalle Willecke
Sunday, May 28 from 7:00-9:00PM in the Cornish Playhouse
The Birth of Festál
With John Merner, Dennis Caldirola and Andy Frankel
Saturday, May 27, 4:00-5:00PM on the Narrative Stage
With Steven Sneed, Latha Sambamurti, Kabao Xiong and Juliet Cheadle
Sunday, May 28, 4:00-5:00PM on the Narrative Stage
Festal launch, Seattle Center, 1997
Festival Sundiata presents Lillian Rambus from Simply Soulful
Cooking “Peach Cobbler”
Saturday, May 27, 12:00-12:45PM on the Cultural Cuisine Stage
Festa Italiana presents Brad Inserra from Red House Beer, Wine Shoppe & Tapas Bar
Cooking “Aglio e Olio”
Monday, May 29, 12:00-12:45PM on the Cultural Cuisine Stage
BrasilFest presents VamoLÃ! Brazilian Drum & Dance Ensemble, Bloco Alegria Samba Band, Samba OlyWa, Brazilian Violin Trio, Show Brazil!
Sunday, May 28, 5:00-8:00PM on the Mural Amphitheatre
Diwali: Festival of Lights presents two very special cows who live at the Seattle Center. Learn about the importance and significance of these animals to the Vedic culture. Monday, May 29 from 11:00AM-6:00PM in the Discovery Zone
Spirit of Indigenous People presents Longhouse Media Films with Tracy Rector
Sunday, May 28, 5:00-7:00PM in the SIFF Film Center
Festival Sundiata presents We Shall Not Sleep -The Voices of Our Ancestors by Gary Giles
Monday, May 29, 1:45-2:45PM in the SIFF Film Center
Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival presents Philippine Rural Dance, Music and Attire
Join the Filipinas Performing Arts of Washington State (FPAWS) with dancer and choreographer Juliet Omli-Cawas Cheatle, to learn rural dances from the Philippines. Saturday, May 27, 5:15-6:00PM in the Armory Court Stage.
The Art of Festál
Explore a range of topics from historic artifacts to contemporary ideas of belonging, place, and beauty from Festál organizations including Arab Festival, Hmong New Year Celebration, Italian Festival, Live Aloha, Polish Festival Seattle, and TurkFest.
Friday, May 26 – Monday, May 29, 11:00AM – 7:00PM in the Art Not Terminal Gallery