Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

You Make It All Possible 🎵🎶

Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

This is what it means to be a Friend of Folklife: you make it all possible.

Did you enjoy the 45th Northwest Folklife Festival? It is but a portion of the opportunities that you create with your philanthropy: people of all ages, cultures, and means join together in self-expression and participatory arts. Renew your gift today.

Community-powered all-ages cultural showcases at the Folklife Festival numbered a record 152 this year, including Blues Dance, Fiddle, Rhythms of India, Japanese, Mexican Folklorico, Maritime, Morris Dance, Filipino, Reggae Rising, Stand Up Comedy, and more. The 2016 Cultural Focus: Power of the Human Voice through Song brought countless folks together for participatory singing and chorales. Dancers enjoyed 83 hours of dance opportunities at Warren’s Roadhouse and in The Armory!

Your summertime gift sustains Northwest Folklife leading up to our new fiscal year on October 1, when we start fresh with the Seattle Children’s Festival on October 9.

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A main event in Northwest Folklife’s ‘Our Big Neighborhood’ youth and family program, the Seattle Children’s Festival is a day dedicated to sparking children’s’ curiosity about the world and developing young minds and bodies through movement, rhythm, song, and hands-on activities. New highlights this year include opportunities to learn American Sign Language; join in the Movement Series with Irish Set Dancing, Kid’s Yoga, Family Dance, and more; and a great variety of interactive performances presenting world cultures.

A whole sampling of ‘Folklife Presents’ workshops and performances bridge the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Seattle Children’s Festival, along with new arts and culture connections for Friends of Folklife. Through intergenerational, multi-cultural exchange, we are promoting greater social understanding. The more we celebrate one another the better.

Your gift sustains Northwest Folklife’s 45-year tradition of celebrating our big neighborhood.

Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

You make the Folklife magic happen: we can’t do it without you.

Please renew your support today.

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P.S. You are invited to Become a Friend of Folklife, and Thank You for being one! We hope to see you for these new adventures: Arts and Culture Connections for Friends of Folklife.

*P.P.S. Two dedicated donors have offered to match your gift in a campaign called ‘1,000 for the Future.’  New gifts of $1,000 from corporations and individuals will be matched through 9/30/2016!  Please contact Sheila Siden at 206.233.3953 or sheila@nwfolklife.org to learn more. Your support makes our cultural community thrive. Thank You!

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A Limerick Souvenir of the 45th Folklife Festival

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NW FOLKLIFE 2016

Elinor’s Limerick 

Northwest Folklife Fest 45
With music and arts so alive.
Ate elephant ears,
Danced with no fears
Contra, hip hop, swing and jive.

“Feel free to be giving” – the plea
Donations our lifeblood, you see.
Ten dollars helps pay
For cables they say;
Your gifts make us all jump with glee.

Thanks to the hardworking board
Their efforts ensured visions soared.
Had great expectations
Now congratulations
For all Folklife Fests you have scored!

By Elinor M. Vandegrift, Scottish Country Dance
Community Coordinator & Friend of Folklife, 2016

2016 pre-Festival Training

Elinor and her group create a skit to put the FUN in fundraising.

Many thanks to Elinor Vandegrift for her interpretation of the 45th Northwest Folklife Festival as a limerick! Elinor participated in our pre-Festival Training with Kevin Joyce of En-Joy Productions where we all got creative together, in preparation for four days of welcoming folks to the 45th Northwest Folklife Festival. Elinor’s interpretation of the Festival as her limerick was presented at our Thank You Party, hosted by past-president of the Board and avid contradancer Luther Black, pictured above, in his official capacity as Greeter Extraordinaire.

Listen in to one of Elinor’s favorite Celtic musicians Kilmany, and explore the plethora of recordings from the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival on SoundCloud.

Consider becoming a Friend of Folklife today. As a donor, you support Northwest Folklife in creating opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Friends of Folklife make the magic happen.

Balkan Performers

Mary Sherhart Shares Her Joy for Folklife 2016

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L-R Aglika Ivanova VanHorn, Violeta Tihova, Penka Encheva. Photo by Mary Sherhart.

The Northwest Folklife Festival was particularly joyful for me this year and that’s saying something, as I have been involved as a performer in almost every Folklife Festival over its 45-year history. Folklife always offers an opportunity to see friends from near and far as all the different communities in my Balkan music and dance scene converge – Croatians, Bulgarians, Balkan dancers, Balkan choirs and more. Whether it’s meeting for a beer in the beer garden, attending friends’ performances or getting on stage myself, so many new and joyful memories are created each year.

What was so extra special about this year? For one, I was invited to emcee the cultural theme showcase concert at Bagley Wright Theatre, “The Power of the Human Voice through Song,” fabulously curated by Folklife Programs Director Kelli Faryar. As a life long singer, choir director and singing teacher, this theme is particularly close to my heart. This is one of a very few universal themes that unifies humans in a ever more divided world. It was so much fun meeting the artists before the show to ask them questions mining for interesting tidbits to use in my introductions. Icing on the cake, I couldn’t have been more proud to introduce my own choir, Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women’s Choir, as part of the show. Golly, I was practically bursting with pride. All the women in this choir were born in Bulgaria. They range in age from 25-82 and have developed a close bond through singing and sharing our lives. They looked so beautiful in their traditional costumes and sounded fabulous in that excellent theater. 72-year-old Penka Encheva even received a standing ovation from the audience for her solo. What a moment!

Baba Penka

Baba Penka

Speaking of Grandma Penka, here’s another reason I found Folklife so extraordinary this year. She was featured in two more events! First, she taught a traditional Bulgarian singing workshop attended by 67 people. It was deeply moving to see her surprise and delight. This is a woman who came to the United States in 2010 at age 67, leaving everything and everyone behind in Bulgaria, to help care for her grandsons in Renton. She had been a singer in Bulgaria as a young woman, but followed a different professional path, becoming a middle school biology teacher in Bulgaria. She thought her singing life was long over, but joining our choir brought it back to her. Can you imagine how it felt for her to see 67 mostly Americans turn out to learn songs from her, to receive a standing ovation at a major festival AND have a documentary film about her screened at SIFF.

The Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle and I produced a 30-minute documentary about Penka entitled “Tazi Baba / This Baba” directed by the talented local filmmaker originally from Bulgaria Bogdan Darev. Folklife screened the film on Monday after Penka’s singing workshop. She was absolutely beaming as she answered questions from the audience in a panel with Bogdan and me. All of this is like a miracle to our Penka.

Finally, it was an incredible privilege to be able to share my insights and experience on a panel entitled, “Building Community By Singing.” Janet Stecker, Fred West, Earle Peach and I have years and years, basically our entire lives, worth of creating and leading people in song. How wonderful to have the opportunity to speak on something that we believe in so deeply. Where else but Folklife?

Come Monday night I was completely exhausted, saturated, fulfilled and basking in a rosy glow. Thank you to the staff, board, artists, volunteers, donors, sponsors, audiences and families. We are so lucky to have this community-powered festival in Seattle!

Balkan Performers

Balkan Performers. Photo by Mary Sherhart.

Blog post by Mary Sherhart, Friend of Folklife. Mary Sherhart is one of America’s leading teachers and performers of traditional Balkan vocal music. Learn more about Mary’s folk art.

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View from Friend of Folklife HQ

Thank You, Friends of Folklife

View from Friend of Folklife HQ

View from Friend of Folklife HQ

Art Xchange Gallery GoodyGood to see you, Friends of Folklife! We really enjoyed meeting up with our extraordinary donors at the Friend of Folklife Headquarters this 45th Festival. All whose Festival schedule allowed got together daily at 4:15 – 5:15 to hobnob and have our drawing. It was fun, and we had a great view of the Festival from the Fisher Terrace. Would you like to be invited to hang out at the HQ and receive your Festival Guide by mail before the Festival, all while sustaining Northwest Folklife? Become a Friend of Folklife.

One of our highlights every year is designing the tote bag, and finding goodies to put in it for Friends! We thank our in-kind donors and Friend of Folklife program partners!

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This is community-power.

Art Xchange Gallery
Beanfields
Center for Wooden Boats
Dang! Coconut Chips
Liberty Orchards
Nature’s Bakery
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle Mariners
World Spice Merchants

We unveiled our Friend of Folklife Invitational Multi-Cultural Arts Experiences Program. Please update your email so we can invite you to make new discoveries!

Meet our program partners:

ArtXchange Gallery
JOIN US in September for an Artist Talk with Humaira Abid: her work examines women’s roles, relationships, and taboos from a cross-cultural perspective. This contemporary intercultural art gallery at Pioneer Square inspires cultural exploration and exchange of ideas through art, exhibiting art from around the world that reflects the diversity of influences shaping the Seattle community and contemporary global culture.
ACT – A Contemporary Theatre
An interactive community where artists and the public witness, contemplate and engage in dialogue on today’s thought-provoking issues, ideas and art, presented with intelligence, insight, and humor.
Center for Wooden Boats
The Center for Wooden Boats is a place where history becomes something you can touch, build, and sail. Experience the history that’s written in boats, reconnecting with the physical world and preserving traditions and skills that have survived through the ages.
Pratt Fine Arts Center
JOIN US Saturday, September 24 for Pratt’s Open House: Experience folklife forms like blacksmithing/forging, small-scale jewelry forging, and a molten bronze pour; wood-working, glass blowing, and studio arts. Pratt welcomes artists working in glass, sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, drawing and printmaking.
Seattle Theater Group
STG enriches, inspires, challenges, and expands our world through the arts.

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Posted by Sheila. Questions about Friend of Folklife and Northwest Folklife giving programs? Call 206/233 3953 or write sheila @ nwfolklife.org

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Celebrating Friends of Folklife

A Community-Powered Drawing for Friends of Folklife 2016

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Friends of Folklife are the donors who make it possible for Northwest Folklife to create opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Board and Staff celebrate Friends of Folklife by inviting their participation in a special Donor Drawing to be held every day of the 45th Northwest Folklife Festival during scheduled ‘micro-receptions’ at the Friend of Folklife Headquarters. Donors must be present to enter the drawings. Schedule of prizes to be drawn each day will be made available to Friends of Folklife.

Many thanks to these in-kind donors who power our 2016 Donor Drawing.

Fine Food & Dining

Solo Bar and Eatery
This restaurant features locally-sourced fare, seasonally rotating and always with a focus on comfort, class, and in-house craft. ($25 gift certificate: 200 Roy Street, Seattle; near Seattle Center)

Chihuly Garden and Glass and Collections Café
This museum in the Seattle Center showcases the studio glass of Dale Chihuly. The Collections Café offers an original, fresh and uniquely northwest dining experience for lunch, dinner or an afternoon bite. (2 admission tickets to the museum plus a $25.00 gift certificate to the Collections restaurant)

Burgerville
Burgerville is built on a tradition of serving fresh food made with local ingredients. It partners with neighboring farms and businesses that share their commitment to quality food and regional vitality. ($25 gift certificate: 818 Harrison Ave, Centralia, WA—this location only)

Skagit Valley Food Co-Op
This community-owned natural market promoting cooperative values in the Skagit Valley since 1973, is owned by thousands and open to all. It features a wide variety of natural foods, a bakery, and an outstanding deli with on-site eating. ($25 gift certificate(s) + ice cream coupons: 202 South First Street, Mount Vernon, WA)

Thank You, Michelle and Ben!
Wine Lover’s Basket
Bottle of fine wine and accouterments. (Must be present to win)

Theater

ACT Theater
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) is dedicated to producing relevant works on contemporary themes. ACT nurtures new and seasoned artists, collaborates with promising playwrights and local performing artists working in a variety of media, and connects audiences to many stages of the creative process. (2 tickets to any show during 2016: 700 Union Street, Seattle)

New Century Theater Company
New Century Theatre Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to superlative storytelling and providing an environment for community among artists and audiences through two mainstage productions per year and a free monthly play reading series at Solo Bar in Queen Anne. (2 tickets to their fall show: 1515 12th Ave, Seattle)

Music & Dance Supplies

Dusty Strings
Dusty Strings is the premiere acoustic music retailer of the Pacific Northwest, carrying new, used, rare, and vintage acoustic guitars, electric guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, banjos, harps and hammered dulcimers, books and DVDs, accessories, and more! ($50 gift certificate; in-store only: 3406 Fremont Ave N, Seattle)

Petticoat Junction Dance Shop
Petticoat Junction has shoes and apparel for all types of dancers. ($50 gift certificate: 14523 WA-99, #1 Lynnwood, WA)

Pacific Northwest Vacation Home Getaways

Thank You, John and Nathan!
CarltAnn House Bed and Breakfast
Walla Walla, WA
This 1906 home is a block from the beautiful Whitman College campus, a short walk to downtown restaurants and tasting rooms, and has easy access to excellent cycling routes through the Walla Walla Valley.Three large rooms, a hearty breakfast buffet, and an eclectic garden for your enjoyment and relaxation. Offer expires 10/31/ 2017. (3 rooms for 2 consecutive week or week end nights.)

Thank You, Karen and Larry!
Vacation Home in the Cascade Foothills
This vacation home is in a gated community about 2 hours from Seattle between Sedro Woolley and Concrete. It has a private lake for boating (non-motorized), swimming, and fishing (no license needed because it is private). There are 2 swimming pools, 2 hot tubs, tennis courts, miniature golf, and a clubhouse that sometimes has social activities. It sleeps up to six folks, in a bunk bed, a sleep sofa, and a private bedroom with a queen sized bed. It is available almost any time, but with agreement between the donation winner and home owners. (Long week end or mid-week stay.)

Thank You, Sue and Lanny!
Vacation Home in Oceanside, Oregon
Located in Oceanside (a small, quiet coastal community west of Tillamook on the Three Capes Scenic Loop), this hillside house has a spectacular view and is a ten-minute walk to beach. The all-wood interior is in immaculate condition. It sleeps 7 in beds; 3 separate sleeping areas with two baths. Everyone loves this place! No pets, no smoking; no shoes. Leave it as you find it. (Housekeeper can be hired for this.) Carry out your own trash. (2 week end nights or 4 week nights from 10/1/2016 – 6/30/2017 excluding holiday week ends.)

Thank You, Beth and Brian!
Bed and Breakfast in Vancouver, B.C.
Two nights in a lovely private home in the Kerrisdale area of the city, with full breakfast included. Large bedroom with comfortable queen bed, WIFI and smart TV, and adjacent guest bathroom. Second bedroom with comfortable queen bed also available for second person or couple. Within a block of two separate public transit routes. (Not available from July to early August; all other dates check availability.)

Thank You, Nan and Fred!
Port Townsend Vacation Stay
Quiet, private upstairs apartment, full of light and nestled in the wooded part of the eclectic North Beach neighborhood of Port Townsend. Peek-a-boo view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Whidbey Island from the bedroom. 1 bed sleeps 2. No smoking. Pets only on approval from owners. (2 nights from 10/1/2016 – 10/31/2016 or from 1/15/2017 – 5/15/2017.)

Friends of Folklife

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Your Support Creates Ties Behind the Scenes

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With so much to see, do, and experience at the Northwest Folklife Festival, have you ever been amazed at all there is to miss? Much of the Festival programming is the culmination of year-round creative work behind the scenes in the Northwest Folklife offices. Your support is at work all year to create opportunities to build partnerships and collaborations with folks in the arts, culture, heritage, and education eco-systems. That is what makes the Northwest Folklife Festival unique: we collaborate behind the scenes directly with communities to showcase their culture and traditions, then build connections between artist and audience. So, even if you don’t get a chance to see every performance and showcase, you can be sure that your gift makes something truly momentous happen for many folks of all ages.

Your donation creates opportunities for a lifetime.

Meet Leija Farr. Named the City of Seattle’s first Youth Poet Laureate at Folklife Festival 2015 after fierce competition with eight 14-19 year old finalists, Leija calls poetry a form of “self-healing.” She’s spent the past year on tour throughout Seattle as a young poet, and she received a book deal to publish her first manuscript of poems. Come hear Leija share her ‘year in the life’ story at Folklife 2016. Experience plentiful poetry as this year’s youth poet laureate competition follows Leija’s presentation, featuring talented literary artists with a passion for civic and community engagement, poetry and performance, human relations, diversity and education throughout Seattle.

Your support strengthens communities through arts and culture.

Folklife Festival Showcases expand on the idea of a performance, to present a genre or culture in depth. In partnership with Community Coordinators, Northwest Folklife collaborates to find the appropriate blend of creative components that express the essence of the genre or culture. Folklife 2016 features 152 showcases! New collaborators include Japanese, Peruvian and Polish communities along with Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest and Idaho’s Treefort Music Fest for indie roots.

Your gift illuminates living traditions.

Come participate and learn the folklife side of opera. You might wonder why the Seattle Opera is planning a participatory opera, ‘Our Earth,’ to present at the Northwest Folklife Festival 2016. Well, opera is actually one of the great living traditions with deep roots and rejuvenating branches, an exceptional form of folklife.

Would you like to make Northwest Folklife strong for our continually evolving community? ‘1,000 for the Future’ is one way to do so!

Two long-time Friends of Folklife have created a way for you to do just that with a matching gift opportunity: ‘1,000 for the Future.’ Our Friends have pledged to match new gifts to Northwest Folklife of $1,000 or more, or $1,000 over your previous year’s giving, up to $25,000. With their gift, they are demonstrating their belief that participation in the arts is as important as observing them. Will you join them?

Your gift makes the Folklife magic happen!

Your donation creates opportunities for a lifetime. Discoveries at the Northwest Folklife Festival are personal, shared with neighbors from near and far. These unique shared cultural experiences connect people with one another through opportunities that you just don’t find elsewhere.

Youth become inspired. Elders become mentors. Your gift is important to sustain Northwest Folklife and its iconic Festival celebrating cultural traditions, this year and for future generations.

Become a Friend of Folklife today.

We welcome hearing from you! Please contact our Development Director Sheila Siden at 206.233.3953 or sheila @ nwfolklife.org to learn more about these programs, and to have your questions answered.

Community Powered!

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What is Community Power?

The Northwest Folklife Festival is a phenomenon. Do you think it could get off the ground if we tried to start it today? Here’s the pitch: Let’s put on a participatory arts and culture Festival featuring the folklife (a word actually missing from most dictionaries) and living traditions of all the Northwest communities we can possibly reach out to, newcomer and native alike. Let’s work one-on-one with hundreds of communities and artists to share and celebrate their arts and cultural traditions the way they want to have them presented. If a community is not quite ready, let’s find a small step they can take to participate in a meaningful way, and get them connected to the greater community. Then, with these 5,000 or so musicians, dancers and artists, let’s put on a four-day Festival and not charge admission! We want everyone to have access. Let’s make it a massive pay-what-you-can art event. Do you think the Northwest Folklife Festival idea could fly if we started it today?

The Northwest Folklife Festival thrives and continues to evolve with the people of the Pacific Northwest because it is community-powered, and has been for 45 years. Here’s how:

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The heart of our community power is the thousands of individuals who contribute their talent and time to participate in Northwest Folklife programming. For the Folklife Festival, that starts with a call for artist applications every fall. Last year, Northwest Folklife implemented a call for Cultural Focus as well. Communities’ and individuals’ responses to these calls are the basis for programmatic themes going forward.  Northwest Folklife programming staff sort proposals by genre and discipline, looking to represent the arts, cultures and traditions of all who apply. A committee of arts practitioners additionally guides Cultural Focus programming. (Learn more about Northwest Folklife’s Cultural Focus program and the communities we’ve worked with through the years.)

Northwest Folklife’s community power is all about self–expression. Performers, participants, patrons: we all believe that participation in the arts is as important as observing them. Northwest Folklife creates opportunities, and over 1,000 musicians, dancers and artists answer our call for participation. The notion of celebrating, sharing, and participating in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest captures the imagination of folks who want to be part of a movement; a community undertaking, in which we envision strong communities through arts and culture. Volunteers help paint this canvas by fulfilling important jobs. And, as an organization, Northwest Folklife makes it so, behind the scenes, nurturing relationships and exploring possibilities all year.

Community Power comes in the form of our public-private partnership with the City of Seattle. Northwest Folklife, an independent 501(c)-3 nonprofit organization, partners with Seattle Center, a department of the City of Seattle, to produce the annual Folklife Festival and the Seattle Children’s Festival. Northwest Folklife is a member of the Festal community of ethnic festivals. The City of Seattle’s in-kind investment in Northwest Folklife’s work supports around 45% of direct expenses, powering Northwest Folklife and our capacity to strengthen communities through arts and culture. Programs are further supported by Friends of Folklife and other donors, funders, sponsors, vendors, and craft and food merchants.

Community Power is everything. Northwest Folklife stands for the belief that the arts invigorate and revitalize interpersonal connections and sense of community. When people share aspects of their culture, opportunities are created to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes, and increase respect for one another. We invite YOU to participate in dance, workshops, jams, and the choral courtyard when you attend the Folklife Festival. Come and meet your neighbor!

Community Power is about everyone joining together to create strong communities through arts and culture. Join us. Get involved. Or, just come on down, drop in this Memorial Day weekend: May 27-May 30 to explore the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest at the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Community Powered!

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Thanks To Help From Our Friends

Do you Sing? Dance? Play? Do you believe that art can change lives? Your gifts create a very special community that does all that and more. Your support creates a haven for self-expression and countless opportunities to hear new voices and share your own.  Today, we are asking for your help to continue the tradition. Please take a moment to make a donation today: show your love for Folklife as a Friend of Folklife donor.

Warren's Roadhouse 2015. Photo Credit: Doug Plummer

Warren’s Roadhouse 2015. Photo Credit: Doug Plummer.

A celebration of the many cultural roots that nurture our community … the Northwest Folklife Festival encourages everyone to get at least a little taste of something outside their usual world …                       ~ Jerry Large – The Seattle Times

You can champion Northwest Folklife’s future, too! Two dedicated Friends of Folklife will match new gifts of $1,000 or more from corporations and individuals, or $1,000 over your previous year’s giving, in a campaign called ‘1,000 for the Future’ through 9/30/2016! With their gift, these Friends are demonstrating their belief that participation in the arts is as important as observing them. Will you or your business join them? Please contact our Development Director Sheila Siden at 206.233.3953 or sheila @ nwfolklife.org to learn more.

Support from Friends of Folklife has created a home for all cultures and traditions, celebrating its 45th year! As the cultural landscape of our region evolves, so does Northwest Folklife. To do that, we collaborate with community coordinators all year. In 2016, Northwest Folklife will program over 5,000 performers in 65 different genres of music, from Hawaiian to Hip-Hop. Dance performances will represent cultures from Ireland to India. Come join fellow dancers swinging at Warren’s Roadhouse!

Your gift to Northwest Folklife makes the Folklife magic happen. Give online today at this link, or mail your donation to Northwest Folklife 305 Harrison Street Seattle, WA 98109. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Rob Townsend, Executive Director & Friend of Folklife Donor; and, Rafael Maslan, Board President & Friend of Folklife Donor

P.S. Friends of Folklife enjoy perqs, like an invitation to enjoy the oasis of the Friends of Folklife Headquarters at the Northwest Folklife Festival in May and the Seattle Children’s Festival in October. Give Today, and join us for fun times this May!

Show Your Love for Folklife

Show Your Love for Folklife Benefit Concert

'Show Your Love for Folklife' Benefit Concert

Northwest Folklife has supported us and many others in becoming the musicians and artists that we are, and has for 45 years! So, we are ‘giving back’ by putting on this Night for Folklife benefit concert. We envision a microcosm of the Northwest Folklife Festival. One of the great things about the Festival is that everyone is welcome. Like the Festival, this concert mixes it up and invites bands from a lot of different musical sub-cultures. The program is an amalgam of musical genres: a snapshot of the music happening in Seattle. We each have our particular influences. We all have a passion for the whole musical community, and we see the same bands tending to play together. So this event is mixing and matching, creating a mosaic of the musical community like the Northwest Folklife Festival does.

14293_444827775576902_827139984_nShow Your Love for Folklife is our theme, in keeping with Valentine’s Day and the love everyone feels for Northwest Folklife. The evening will feature great bands including Whitney MongéTiny MessengersTekla WaterfieldHoney Mustard SeattleLuke Stanton – Music, and Angie Lynn! Karen Zamm of KZ Music Media will be our host.

We grew up as musicians at the Festival. A lot of us have been playing together for thirty years, and that is the only time we play together all year. The Festival gives us an aggregation of different cultures in Seattle, and musical sub-cultures. It’s fantastic when you have rock in one corner and folk in another, dancers in another, and everyone doing their thing. A story gets told there in our artistic expression: the story of our collective cultures. It’s not just a bunch of diverse modalities, Folklife is also an anchor and opportunity for the old and new to mix together.

We believe Northwest Folklife is worthy of our support and we hope people join us in giving!

See you on Friday, February 12! The show starts at 7 pm, $8 admission. You can expect surprise guests, a raffle, prizes, and other great stuff!  Proceeds support Northwest Folklife. Sponsored by the Seattle Acoustic Festival and generously hosted by the Conor Byrne Pub.

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RSVP to Show Your Love For Folklife

Can’t attend but want to donate? Become a Friend of Folklife today.

More about Nights for Folklife.

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Posted by Sheila, composed from an interview with organizer Tobias the Owl.

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We envision strong communities, united by arts and culture.

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Northwest Folklife stands for the belief that the arts invigorate and revitalize interpersonal connections and sense of community. When people share aspects of their culture, opportunities are created to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes, and increase respect for one another. Exposure to world cultures and the creativity of folks as a big neighborhood resonates for people of all ages, throughout their lives.

Participatory arts practices bridge boundaries of race, class, and ethnicity. Unique among all Festivals, the heart of Northwest Folklife and our Festivals is the community outreach, inclusion, and collaboration that transpires all year.

By preserving cultural heritage we promote its evolution. Everyone is a bearer of folk arts; and participation in the arts is as important as observing them.

We believe that inspiring kids’ cultural intelligence will create a kinder world, strong communities, and smarter kids.

Northwest Folklife relies on the diverse communities of the Pacific Northwest to inspire programs and collaborates with these communities to develop public presentations of their arts and culture. We see that interaction with new audiences enriches presenting communities and artists as much as the audience.

Northwest Folklife creates opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Join Us, Get Involved!

Community Powered!

 

Pictured: Universal Presbyterian Gospel Choir
Photo by Piper Hanson
posted by Sheila

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Your gift creates one big neighborhood for us all

Musicians play for Hanukkah 2015

We hope this season of thanks and celebrations was rich with family, friends and folklife for you! As 2015 comes to a close, it’s a great time to make a gift of support. Your donation creates one big neighborhood for us all, uniting people through arts and culture.

Folks work all year to take advantage of Northwest Folklife’s opportunities to share their arts, culture and traditions, thus strengthening their community and the enrichment of us all. School and extra-curricular bands and orchestras, intergenerational ethnic heritage arts groups, community dance societies, musicians: ‘folklife’ creatives live arts and culture as a way of life. Northwest Folklife provides rich opportunities for them all to inspire and engage you and the greater community.

Here are highlights of all that your gift supports in 2016:
• Northwest Folklife’s Cultural Focus for 2016 The Power of the Human Voice through Song will explore the exceptional vocal traditions of the Northwest.
• Crossroads Cultural Art Series in Bellevue will feature monthly performances every third Saturday.
• The Northwest Folklife Festival will celebrate its 45th year, thanks to YOU, Friends of Folklife.
• The Seattle Children’s Festival will give kids and families many opportunities to celebrate, share and participate in our big neighborhood’s multi-cultural arts and traditions, for the third year!
• Friends of Folklife are invited to enjoy the oasis of the Friends of Folklife Headquarters at the Northwest Folklife Festival in May and the Seattle Children’s Festival in October.

Your year-end donation makes the magic happen in 2016! Please donate today.

In the picture above, musicians* play for Hanukkah. In early December, JoAnne Rudo’s dazzling ‘Chanukah, Hanukkah Potluck Party’ celebrated Northwest Folklife in its first ‘Night for Folklife’ of the fiscal year. Guests entered JoAnne’s home balancing musical instruments, traditional dishes and family menorahs to revel in the seventh night of Hanukkah with klezmer music, latkes, menorah lighting, singing, dancing, dreidel games, and hat parade, with cheerful and fun chaos. Funds raised broke previous records, making our benefactor exclaim: “It’s our Festival. I am happy to support Northwest Folklife with this tradition of folklife and giving!” Interested in organizing a ‘Night for Folklife’ in 2016? Learn more.

* Carla Wulfsberg, violin; Bernice Maslan, clarinet; Harvey Niebulski, accordion; Marianne Tatom, clarinet; and Thaddeus Spae, guitarron. Photo by Martin Ng.

Thank you for your support. Wishing you a Happy Harmonious New Year to you and yours! 

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Happy Holidays from Northwest Folklife!

Happy holidays from all of us here at Northwest Folklife! As the weather starts to get colder and we all huddle up around the fire it’s the perfect time to share your traditions, music, and songs with those around you. Here at Folklife we are preparing for our 2016 Cultural Focus, The Power of the Human Voice through Song. With this Cultural Focus we will explore the power of the human voice and its role among communities through many different forms of vocal expression.

You may have seen our holiday card in the mail recently and we would love to introduce you to some of the amazing vocal performers from past Festivals featured on that card.

 

Womens Chorus2The Seattle Women’s Chorus singing at the 2012 Northwest Folklife Festival. The Seattle Women’s Chorus is a staple of Seattle’s choral community and is a perennial Folklife performance group. A leading voice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Flying House Productions and The Seattle Women’s Chorus offer 30 outreach events and main stage concert performances annually. To learn more about the Seattle Women’s Chorus, you can visit their website here and find out about future performances. Photo by Ben Shaevitz.

 

 

 

sojourners-6A soulful gospel trio hailing from Vancouver, BC, The Sojourners are pictured here performing at the 2013 Folklife Festival. The Sojourners light up the stage wherever they are performing and have an incredible live show that can’t be missed! To learn more about The Sojourners, please visit their website here. Photo by Dan Thorton.

 

 

 

 

Hungarian community vocal performanceA young girl sings during one of the 2012 Folklife Festival performances by our Croatian community partners. The Seattle Junior Tamburitzans are a youth performance group that tours all over the Northwest showcasing traditional Croatian music, dance and costume. It is through the work of community coordinators and performers like these that Folklife is able to present the scale and quality of festival that we do and we are very thankful for the work that they do in order to make the Northwest Folklife Festival what it is today! To learn more about the Seattle Junior Tamburitzans, click here. Photo by Samuel Lin.

 

 

 

Upon acceptance to Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival in 2010, Onefourfive came into being with their distinctive style, singing exclusively Georgian folk songs. Onefourfive has continued since then, with members of the group traveling to Caucasus Georgia to learn songs, technique, styles, and of course, Georgian language and culture. Click here to learn more about onefourfive and listen to their music. Photo by Christopher Nelson.

 

 

 

NWFolk2015_Sunday_PiperHanson-12Banda L M, also known as Banda Le Mejor, is the best banda in town and they’re usually pretty busy playing for the Mexican communities here in the Northwest. Here they are playing at the Mural Amphitheater during the 2015 Folklife Festival, and if it’s your first time hearing Banda, then this will be a real treat. Banda is the ebullient and infectious brass-band dance music of Mexico and California, originally from Sinaloa in N. Mexico, huge in Mexican and Mexican-American communities. For more information about Banda L M, click here. Photo by Piper Hanson.

 

We can’t wait to bring you more of the incredible vocal traditions of the Northwest in 2016. Everyone at here a Northwest Folklife wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a harmonious New Year!

-The staff and board of Northwest Folklife