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Announcing the 2015 Cultural Focus

Every year, Northwest Folklife engages a Northwest community to showcase during the year leading up to the Festival. This ‘Cultural Focus’ allows Folklife to connect more in depth with the people that we serve and empower their artistic expressions and cultural traditions.

We are honored to announce the 2015 Cultural Focus:

Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms:

Traditional Roots in Today’s Branches

This program will explore the cross-cultural roots of arts expressions that have evolved into contemporary cultures today, including an exploration of the traditional roots of Hip Hop.

Folklife 2014 - MondayAfrican and Latin traditional dance, the blues, gospel songs and spirituals, scat-singing of the early jazz days, African-American street culture, word battles, socially conscious songwriting – these are just some of the seeds we’ll be exploring for this year’s Cultural Focus. Hip Hop, first included in Folklife Festival programming in 1994, serves as an umbrella for this program, and ties together many communities from around the Pacific Northwest – some of those that have been representing their cultures and traditions for years at the Festival. The goal is to present a multi-generational, multi-cultural, inter-disciplinary program to educate the Pacific Northwest about the cross-cultural roots of local communities while highlighting Hip Hop’s traditional folk roots.

This program is particularly timely in the state of development of hip hop culture and education, as Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed Hip Hop History Month in the State of Washington this November to honor the culture, lineage and impact of Hip Hop in the Northwest.

“Hip hop began as a youth-led movement and an alternative from violence, drugs, alcohol, racism, and other ills that plagued the

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inner-city/urban communities of color; one that connects people from varied

social and economic backgrounds today.”

During the 2015 Folklife Festival (May 22-25), audiences can experience four days of music and dance performances, panels and presentations, films, visual arts and participatory workshops that explore the world and roots of Hip Hop. We will have the opportunity of celebrating the joyful expression within Hip Hop while challenging some of the pervasive stereotypes that malign the Hip Hop community today. The Program will tie the five key elements of Hip Hop–Music (DJing), Dance (B-boy and B-girl), Storytelling (MCing), Public Art (Graffiti), and Social Awareness–back to the traditional cultural origins of Hip Hop.

We will build up to the 2015 Festival through monthly events that will be held in Seattle and Northwest regions with partnering communities. Stay tuned for our full list of community events leading up to the 44th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival.

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Hip Hop History Month is November

HipHop History Month is November - ProclamationIn an effort to honor the culture, lineage and impact of Hip Hop in the Northwest, Governor Jay Inslee proclaims Hip Hop History Month in the State of Washington this November.

WHEREAS, hip hop is a culture that transcends ethnicity, nationality, social status, gender, religion, beliefs and other ineffectual brarriers of humanity; and

WHEREAS, hip hop began as a youth-led movement and an alternative from violence, drugs, alcohol, racism, and other ills that plagued the inner-city/urban communities of color; one that connects people from varied social and economic backgrounds today; and

WHEREAS, the founding principles of hip hop as advocated by its founding family and grassroots community service organizations, the Universal Zulu Nation, are knowledge, wisdom, freedom, justice, and equality, among others; and

WHEREAS, hip hop as a cultural and musical evolution from funk, soul, rock, R&B, blues, gospel, and other diverse sounds, with lineage tracing back to the African diaspora and some of the earliest cultures and civilizations; and

WHEREAS, hip hop positively influences and affects millions of lives through its spiritual, mental and physical manifestations; and continues to provide a means of engagements in education and academics by encouraging participants to delve into the realms of arts, language, business, history, mathematics, science, health, and more; and

WHEREAS, 206 Zulu Nation, the Seattle chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation, helps creative positive spaces for the youth and families of Washington State, using a culture of arts and entertainment to inspire young people to get involved in social action, civic service, cultural creativity, and self-education;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do herby proclaim November 2014 as Hip Hop History Month in Washington, and I urge all people in our state to join me in this special observance.

Join the Programming Team at Folklife!

Do you love music, arts, and culture?

Are you interested in learning what it takes to program the largest free community arts festival in the nation?

 

The Skablins; photo by Piper Hanson

The Skablins; photo by Piper Hanson

Folklife is now seeking a Programming Intern for the 2014 Folklife Festival (May 23-26, 2014)! The Programming Internship is central to the programming Northwest Folklife has to offer. This Intern plays a key role in ensuring smooth festival production from a programming standpoint.

 

Interning at Northwest Folklife can be the experience you need to gain a career in event planning, festival production, the music industry, nonprofit management, marketing, fundraising and a whole host of other fields. Interns at Northwest Folklife take on a significant role in executing the largest free community arts festival in the nation and learn how to increase visibility and strengthen the sustainability of a nonprofit organization.

 

This internship is from December through June — 20 hours a week.

Interested? Follow this link!

Mark your calendars for the release of Roots & Branches, Volume 5 on December 6th!

Roots & Branches, a series of recordings from Northwest Folklife, presents live performances mined from four decades of Festival performances.

The 2013 Roots & Branches disc features some of the dynamic musical traditions that make Folklife the premier community arts festival in the nation including: Badger Pocket, Renegade Stringband, Shelby Earl, Juliana and PAVA, Soul Senate, Les Pamplemousses, J. Wong, The Sumner Brothers, Vivian and Phil Williams, Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme, and The Sojourners!

Volume 5: Live from the 2013 Festival will be available on Northwest Folklife’s website, December 6, 2013, as well as during the 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival, Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27.
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Stay tuned for highlighted tracks form the album and more on our website in the weeks to come.

More than 10 fun things to do at CroatiaFest’s 10 year anniversary!

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So Many Ways to Take in Croatian Culture at Seattle Center Festál:  CroatiaFest

Seattle Center Festál presents CroatiaFest, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Sunday, Oct. 6, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Croatia through live performances, foods, hands-on activities, and a lively marketplace. Acclaimed dance ensembles and musicians, intricate costumes, art exhibits, tourist information and displays showcase Croatia’s rich past and dynamic present.

CroatiaFest 2013, its 10th anniversary year, celebrates All Things Croatian!  Festival-goers will find an author’s corner, Croatian costume photo booth, and photo cutout opportunities. They may trace their genealogy and learn about the varied history of Croatians across the state of Washington, in communities such as Grays Harbor, Interbay, Spokane, Everett and the Roslyn/Cle Elum area.

The Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra travels from Pittsburgh, Penn. to perform at CroatiaFest. Grcevich, recognized as the premiere tamburitza prim player in the world, has gained fame both in the United States and in Europe through his recordings and performances over nearly 40 years. Acclaimed Pacific Northwest groups Radost Folk Ensemble, Ruže Dalmatinke Orchestra and Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble will also perform.

Expert chefs offer cooking demonstrations of some of the country’s most beloved dishes throughout the day in the west bay of Seattle Center Armory. Three inside and four outside food booths will feature authentic Croatian entrees for purchase.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from 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.

CroatiaFest is produced in partnership with CroatiaFest Committee. For more information on CroatiaFest, including a full schedule of events, visit croatiafest.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, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle Center Foundation and the City of Seattle.

WinterGrass is coming!

This just in from our pals at WinterGrass!!!

wintergrasspic2Hot off the press!!!  See the attached flyer for a list of some of the headline bands at Wintergrass 2014 February 27 – March 2, 2014) !  More to come!  Please share with everyone you know!

How’s  this for an AMAZING lineup for 2014:   Dailey & Vincent, Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, Vӓsen (these guys are awesome!!!), Mike Marshall & Chris Thile (can’t think of any better mandolin virtuosos; and they’re performing together…wow!!!), Kathy Kallick, The Kruger Brothers (Jens was the 2013 recipient of Steve Martin’s annual $50K award to a Banjo Player who exhibits excellence in the banjo…..SWEET, and very well-deserved!) , Rushad Eggleston (I love him!), The Duhks, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, Matuto (one of my favorite bands last year), The Duhks, The Cleverlys (hope you saw them last year … I’m still laughing!) and more to come.

The special fee-based workshops on Feb. 27 (WG calls them Intensives) include Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Darrell Scott and Vӓsen. More instructors to be announced!

Reminder for WG volunteers:  Be sure to sign up again online www.wintergrass.org and contact whoever you’ve worked with before (e.g. Dan Mortensen) if you’re volunteering.

Needing to purchase WG tickets?  You can purchase your tickets online (get them while the discount still applies). The weekend pass for youth is very reasonable, so be sure to get passes for your kids and grandkids!

Also, the Sallal Grange in North Bend is having its annual fundraising auction on Saturday October 12.  Hope you can make it to the auction …  it’s tons of fun!!!  Live 60′s/70′s music (attire of the period encouraged!), delicious food, silent and live auctions (auctioneer is radio broadcast personality Bob Rivers), etc. Proceeds help the Grange to continue its dairy drive for the Food Bank, work on Project Linus (blankets for children in distress), scholarships, supporting local food sources, and wholesome community events (monthly contra dance, monthly open mic, monthly community game night and various live concerts).  For more info:  www.sallalgrange.org    Among the great auction items will be two full weekend passes to Wintergrass!

Saturday Dec. 7 at 7:30 pm the Sallal Grange is presenting a concert by Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst. Both are award winning instrumentalists and are nominated this year for IBMA’s awards in their respective categories. They did a fabulous concert at the Grange last year!

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Now Accepting Performer Applications

CallGraphic1Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors to participate in the 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival, which will take place May 23-26, 2014, at Seattle Center.

If you or your group is based in the Northwest region, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana, this is a great opportunity to share your music and traditions!

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest FREE community arts festival in the United States. It is presented each year in Seattle by Northwest Folklife, a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Last year Northwest Folklife programmed over 6,000 performers in 65 different genres of music, from Hawaiian to hip-hop. We presented dance performances representing cultures from Ireland to India. We believe everyone is a bearer of folk arts, and we encourage communities to share their cultural traditions, in the hope that interaction with new audiences will enrich the community as much as the audience.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT PERFORMER APPLICATIONS

Interested in how we select bands and performance groups? Click here to read our Programming FAQ.

Still have questions? Email our programming team now.

Jam Hawaiian Style at the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Features A Feast for the Senses 

livealohaSeattle Center Festál presents Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof. The festival provides a feast for the senses as visitors journey through the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii.

The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival celebrates what it means to “live aloha.” Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, Hawaiian crafts, hula, music and flower making workshops honor this special culture. 2013 highlights include:

  • Two stages of live Hawaiian music and hula featuring award winning headlining Hawaiian duo Kupaoa from the island of Oahu!
  • Kanikapila Tent – bring your ukulele or other instruments and jam to Hawaiian favorites
  • Children’s activities at Live Aloha’s Keiki Korner
  • Hawaiian Storytelling Stage where you can hear stories about Hawaiian legends
  • Hawaiian workshops including:  flower making, Hawaiian language, and the art of ukulele and Hawaiian slack-key guitar
  • Musubi eating contest!
  • Hawaiian foods, snacks and marketplace

 

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from 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.

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival is produced in partnership with Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Committee. For more information on Live Aloha, visit seattlelivealohafestival.com. 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.

 

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Lively Tibet Fest Brings You Food Experts, Group Dance, and More

Tibet Fest Features Acclaimed Artists, Tibetan Foods and Hands-on Explorations

tibetSeattle Center Festál presents Tibet Fest, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Aug. 24 and 25, in Seattle Center Armory. Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven into the two-day festival, which seeks to preserve this centuries-old culture. Live performances, visual arts and crafts, hands-on activities, traditional foods, games, and a lively marketplace illuminate Tibet’s extraordinary past and present.

In 2013, Tibet Fest features acclaimed international artists Ngawang Kechog (Denver, Colo) and Loten Namling (Switzerland), former performers of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Sonam Pelmo, Tashi Dhondup (Portland, Ore), and Tashi Thsering and Tsering Dorjee Bawa (San Francisco, Calif) and the children of Seattle’s own Tibetan Language and Culture Class.

Tibetan food expert, Yangchen Lakar, and Himalyan Super Food owners will demonstrate Tsampa making process and audience members will be able to taste Tsampa, the staple food of Tibet, known sometimes as the national food of Tibet. Visitors may also join in a group dance and decorate prayer flags.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from 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.

Tibet Fest is produced in partnership with Tibetan Association of Washington. For more information on Tibet Fest, visit washingtontibet.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.

Do you love glittering costumes and delicious food? BrasilFest is August 18!

High Spirits and Lively Movement Energize Seattle Center Festál BrasilFest

brasilWatch a demonstration of the elegant and powerful capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes and eat authentic food while learning about a remarkable and varied culture at Seattle Center Festál:  BrasilFest, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Pavilion rooftop.

BrasilFest celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot, exploring its African, Portuguese and indigenous roots through  classical guitar, Brazilian dances, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. This year, it recognizes its 15th annual festival with a visual art display, “History of 15 Years of BrasilFest,” representing the Brazilian culture, arts, and entertainment in Seattle.

Featured artists in 2013 include:  Onda Verde, Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, Fofinho, Samia and Friends, Eduardo Mendonça & Show Brazil!, Batucada Yemanjá, Dora Oliveira, SWOJO – Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, ChoroLoco, Grupo Amoroso, Capoeira FICA, and VamoLá.

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.

BrasilFest is produced by Brazil Center, Show Brazil Productions, Brazil Arts & Education and the Ethnic Heritage Council. For more information on BrasilFest, visit brasilfest.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.

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Indigenous Cultures Day Means Pow Wows, Skateboarding, Films & More

Seattle Center Festál Indigenous Cultures Day Highlights

Native Cultures from Across the Globe

 

Update! Download the festival program now!

Did you know?

Urban Indian was the Cultural Focus at the 2008 Northwest Folklife Festival.  Tracy Rector of Longhouse Media and Native Lens developed the relationship with Seattle Center to create the first Indigenous Cultures Day.  Tracy was a member of the Special Focus Urban Indian Focus Committee.  This resulted in the one day festival being held on August 21, 2010!

In 2011 Marc Taylor with the Seattle Indian Health Board took it on and he, SIHB team, and community members, have worked to attain official FESTAL status this year (2013).

Seattle Center Festál presents Indigenous Cultures Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, in Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre.icd

Explore and experience the rich traditions and contemporary influences of the world’s indigenous cultures through dance, live music, a mini powwow, native film festival, youth day at EMP Museum, arts and craft vendors and visual art demonstrations. This family-friendly event also offers skateboarding workshops, a native youth theater performance and an opportunity for children to make stencil art shirts for free.

Indigenous Cultures Day seeks to bring together people divided by cultural differences, personal prejudices and government policies by providing a basis for better cultural understanding. This year’s festival celebrates the many indigenous communities of Seattle. The Day’s entertainment touches on native cultures from across the globe – from African, Thai, Aztec, Haida, Hawaiian and South Pacific dance to Japanese Taiko drumming, Coast Salish storytelling and classical flute and acoustic guitar.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from 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.

Indigenous Cultures Day is produced in partnership Seattle Indian Health Board. Admission is free. For more information on Indigenous Cultures Day, visit Indigenous Cultures Day on Facebook. 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.