New Community Calendar

We are excited to have as part of our newly refreshed website a Community Calendar. Members of the public are encouraged to post their public events to share with the Folklife community. Performances, workshops, dances, storytelling hours and other arts events are welcome.

We’ll use this as a resource when we send out our monthly eNews, and will share this calendar with other partner websites, like the Seattle Office of Film & Music.

See our full Community Calendar here!

Please note that as of now, we are unable to accommodate recurring events; they must be entered individually. Please allow up to 2 business days for us to review and approve your submission.
Having trouble? Please email us and we’ll try to help!

Your Question Answered: Performer Application Decisions

Here’s a question many people are sure to be pondering these days.

Christine asks:

For those who applied to be performers in 2013, when will decisions be announced?

All applicants will be notified by late March by our programming department. For those who have been accepted to perform at the Festival, there is a period of scheduling back-and-forth before the final lineup in announced online in early May.

Wondering why a group was or was not programming this year? Find answers in our handy programming FAQ!

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

Spend Your Valentine’s Day the Folklife Way–with Crankies!

This just in, and I couldn’t wait to share! The Crankies will also be part of the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival. Stay tuned for more details!

 

SEATTLE’S FIRST CRANKIE FESTIVAL: Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2013 7:30 PM $ 15.00

Northwest Puppet Center (View)
9123 – 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States

 

For the first time, Seattle audiences have the chance to enjoy an evening dedicated to the unique folk art of Crankies!  These hand-crafted scrolls are mounted in boxes and stories unroll as it cranks along.  One night only featuring the talents of:

Anna and Elizabeth
Sue Truman
Skye Richendrfer
Dejah Léger

All the way from Southwest Virginia, Anna and Elizabeth are widely renowned for their traditional Appalachian music which they combine with storytelling, shadow puppetry and scrolling illustrations.  Elizabeth LaPrelle is an acclaimed banjo player and ballad singer appearing at festivals and concerts around the nation and has recorded three CDs.  Anna Roberts-Gevalt plays fiddle, banjo and guitar.  She has studied with master musicians throughout Appalachia, including the late, great master of Kentucky fiddling Paul David Smith.

Sue Truman, a well-known performer in Cape Breton/Scottish Circles, has been fiddling and stepdancing for 30 years.  She has a life-long passion for quilting.  All roads came together when she discovered crankies.  Her crankies are hand-stitched from felt and tartan telling Scottish tales of seagulls, whisky and sheep!

Skye Richendrfer, a pillar of the Scottish piping community, piped with the Simon Fraser Pipe Band in the 1980s, taking 1st place in the North American competition and 2nd place in the world competition.  He is the founder of The Celtic Arts Foundation and brings his deep knowledge of all the Scottish to his piping and storytelling.

Dejah Léger is a traditional musician and artist.  Using paper-cutting techniques and drawing from a background of both folk art and contemporary graphic design, she creates crankies for traditional French-Canadian and Americana songs.  She has performed her crankies at Festival du Bois (Canada) and in Port Townsend, and will be a featured artist on MusicBox Project’s Americana Women series.

Your Question Answered: Performing at the Festival

BOAT: photo by Piper Hanson

This question from Brendan is one we get all the time. He writes:

So..How does one person or band get booked at the Festival?

Northwest Folklife is a celebration of how traditions and cultural arts are kept alive in the Northwest. So, first of all, a band or performer must be based in the Northwest to perform at the Festival. Each year we have an online (or hard-copy, if you prefer) application for all prospective performers, bands, dancers, and storytellers. Once the application is filled out and submitted, we evaluate performers based on submitted samples, whether or not the group has performed in the Festival recently (we sometimes need to rotate performers in and out of the lineup to give everyone a chance to participate), and other scheduling factors.

The application goes live on September 1, and the deadline is December 15. If you are interested in performing at the 2014 Festival, I’d suggest you sign up for our eNews or like us on Facebook to be alerted to when the application goes up. You are still welcome to participate in the 2013 Festival as a busker, or by joining in one of our dances or singalongs.

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

Your Question Answered: Last Year’s Schedule

Here’s a straightforward question that came in from Emily:

“I’ve never attended Folklife. Can I see a schedule from a past year?”

Why yes, you can Emily! We are working on putting up an archived version of the 2012 Festival website, but meanwhile you can take a look at the souvenir Festival guide online here, or you can download your own copy here.

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here

Do you want to be an extra in a Head & the Heart concert scene?

You are in luck! This just in from the filmmakers behind the project:

Greetings to all fans of The Head and the Heart, St. Kilda, Seattle Films, and FREE SHOWS!

The Head and the Heart and St. Kilda will be featured for a concert scene in LUCKY THEM, a new film from Seattle’s own Megan Griffiths. It’s about a 40-year-old rock journalist who is given an assignment to track down her ex-boyfriend, a former rock icon who disappeared mysteriously ten years earlier.  What we need is to fill this concert scene with a bunch of extras to make it look like awesome local show. The demographic should feel like regular concert going ladies and gents and that means YOU.

We can’t offer any financial compensation for your time, but it’s gonna be a free concert and you get to be on film, which you can totally brag about to all your friends! The scene scheduled to be shot on Wednesday February 6, at a Belltown venue in Seattle and we would need people to commit to a full day of being on set. (Typically 7am-6 pm.) Parking and food will be provided.  So come on out, have a good time, see a FREE SHOW, and BE IN A MOVIE!

If interested, please send an email with the subject line ” SHOW EXTRA” to luckythemfilm@gmail.com with info (name, phone #, email, and a recent pic) and we will add you to our list and keep you updated with more detailed information as the date draws closer. Friends are welcome–we definitely want the “concert” to feel well-attended! 🙂

 

 

Bands on the Big Screen

We are super excited to partner with Team Up For Nonprofits to present this great night of local talent!

On January 31st, Team Up for Nonprofits presents “Bands on the Big Screen” a benefit screening for Northwest Folklife dedicated to showcasing the talents of five local filmmakers working with local music.

Directors Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayley Young, Stephan Gray and Tyler Kalberg will present music videos by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Allen Stone, Dark Time Sunshine, Kaylee Cole and many more.   The 90 minute screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with the directors.

Date:
Thursday, January 31 @ 7:00

Price:
$15.00 for all seats (no discounts)

Venue:

SIFF Cinema Uptown
Presenters:

Team Up for Nonprofits – www.teamupfornonprofits.org

Northwest Folklife – www.nwfolklife.org

SIFF – www.siff.net

 

  How to Play Baccarat

The First Festal of 2013!

Seattle Center just shared the exciting details of Festal 2013‘s first event: the Tet Festival! Here’s what you need to know:

 

Lion Dances, Firecrackers and Festive Entertainment
Celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Seattle Center Festál presents Tet Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year, 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, in Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion. Join us as we explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through music and dance performances, hands-on activities, Vietnamese food, martial arts demonstrations, crafts and much more.

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. The celebration offers an atmosphere and entertainment offerings that are unique to this 2013 Seattle Center Festál series opener.

Visitors are invited to relive one thousand years of Vietnamese history. Generations young and old will delight in the Vietnamese cultural beauty and charm that fill the two-day festival. The weekend features local talents, a glittering fashion show, celebrated Vietnamese singers and vibrant children’s performances.

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.

Tet Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year is produced in partnership with the Tet in Seattle. For more information, visit tetinseattle.org. To learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center, click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.

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.

Special Radio Documentary Series Debuts Today on KBCS

In the summer of 2012, Northwest Folklife began a partnership with a Somali Community in Renton. Jack Straw Productions documented the effort to create new opportunities for this growing community to participate in arts and culture in our region. Tune in to KBCS 91.3FM every day this week at 4:20PM to listen to this special five-part radio series entitled “Until We Meet Again.”

See photos from the performance on our Facebook page>

The Backwards Glance: The Making of a Somali Cultural Showcase from Doug Plummer on Vimeo.

Here’s more information about the Community Engagement Mentorship Project:

Photo by Doug Plummer.

The Community Arts Engagement Mentorship Project is a new project for Northwest Folklife and a potential model for future year-round programming for the organization. Northwest Folklife hosts the annual Folklife Festival during Memorial Day weekend. Over 250,000 attendees participate in the Festival each year. Festival attendees are not only passive observers; many are also participants in the presentation and performance of traditional arts.  In order to continue to grow participation in the Festival, it is essential that Northwest Folklife actively cultivate communities who are new to the region and have not yet participated.  Through the Community Arts Engagement Mentorship Project, Northwest Folklife will support the development, production, and documentation of two community showcases of traditional and emerging Somali arts. This project will build a pathway for the long-term engagement of the Somali community in regional arts programming.

This project is the first time Northwest Folklife has offered resources directly to a community to specifically support the development and production of community arts showcases in an effort to build arts participation. The Somali community’s traditional arts are an integral part of their culture; however the community has lacked the resources to focus on the performance and production of their traditional and emerging arts. This project will allow Folklife to assist the community in creating an opportunity to let their cultural traditions flourish in their new home, while building a path-way for future engagement through the Northwest Folklife Festival in 2013.

In partnership with Jack Straw, KBCS, and local videographer Doug Plummer, this project will also create opportunities for the future engagement of additional communities.  Jack Straw will record an audio documentary of the project for broadcast on KBCS and Doug Plummer will record a video documentary for inclusion in Folklife’s Northwest Stories series. This is another innovative component to the project. Broadcasting these pieces will give the Somali community an opportunity to solidify a sense of identity in their new community while also exposing itself to other Somali communities in the region.

Northwest Folklife’s mission is to create opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest. The Community Arts Engagement Mentorship Project will cultivate a new audience in the Somali community by providing an opportunity for participation in their own cultural traditions. In assisting this community with the development of their own arts programs, Folklife will simultaneously cultivate a new audience for the annual Folklife Festival.

King County is home to the third largest Somali population in the United States. The majority of the 30,000 Somalis living in King County arrived as refugees. As the Somali community continues to make a new home in the Pacific Northwest, Folklife is committed to working to ensure this population’s traditional arts and culture have a voice and are preserved and shared with the entire region. The Somali community needs support in building arts participation in their community.

Folklife hopes to learn what is necessary to engage fringe ethnic communities in the broader cultural and artistic community. Additionally, Folklife hopes to gauge the feasibility of reusing this model as a regular year-round program. All you just want to fulfill this service. All you just want to do is send us a paper can be. Sometimes, you need to ask someone “Please, write my paper”, provide necessary information about your order, and much more! Every student knows how difficult writing a . scientific paper writing At our site you can be. Sometimes, you just want to ask someone “Please, write my paper can buy papers online; our service offers various types of studies. At our service offers various types of academic writings, including essay, research paper, thesis, book review, dissertation, homework, outline, and to .

Now Hiring Programming Interns for 2013 Festival

Northwest Folklife is looking for two music-loving interns to help us produce the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival. This is a fantastic opportunity to get behind the scenes at a major music festival!

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.

Read more:

Programming Internship>
All-Ages Programming Internship>

Wintergrass Launch Party at Nectar

Special announcement from our pals at Nectar Lounge:

 

Just wanted to let you know of a fantastic opportunity for the community to gear up for WINTERGRASS 2013 at Nectar Lounge!!!

 

2.20 Wednesday (Bluegrass)

Wintergrass and Nectar Present:
WINTERGRASS ’13 LAUNCH PARTY feat.
Barleywine Revue
Pickled Okra
The Howdy Boys
Blueberry Hill
$5 adv / $8 dos

6pm doors
7pm Show

21+

 

But that’s not all, folks! Check out these other killer Bluegrass/Americana jams coming up at Nectar Lounge!

 

1.23 Wednesday (bluegrass/jam)
Nectar Presents:
GOOD GRAVY
Spare Rib & The Bluegrass Sauce
$5 adv / $7 dos
8pm
21+

2.1 Friday (Americana/rock/blues/jam)
Nectar Presents:
TAPWATER
Tumbleweed Wanderers
Heels To The Hardwood
$7 adv / $10 dos
8pm
21+

 

2.5 Tuesday (Bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
KaraokeGrass!!!
Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style
feat. Todd & Paisley Gray (of Pickled Okra) and friends…
NO COVER
7pm Doors
7PM – 9PM HAPPY HOUR
8pm – 11pm Karaokegrass!!
21+

 

2.16 Saturday (bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
POLECAT
Buzz Brump
Kate Lynne Logan
$7adv / $10dos
8pm
21+

2.19 Tuesday (Americana/Blues)
Nectar Presents:
Terry Robb Band
Ethan Tucker
Brad Mackeson
$6adv / $8dos
8pm
21+

2.20 Wednesday (Bluegrass)

Wintergrass and Nectar Present:
WINTERGRASS ’13 LAUNCH PARTY feat.
Barleywine Revue
Pickled Okra
The Howdy Boys
Blueberry Hill
$5 adv / $8 dos

6pm doors
7pm show

21+

2.22 Friday (Bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS
w/ VERY special guests TBA
$7 adv / $10 dos
8pm
21+

3.5 Tuesday (Bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
KaraokeGrass!!!
Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style
feat. Todd & Paisley Gray (of Pickled Okra) and friends…
NO COVER
7pm Doors
7PM – 9PM HAPPY HOUR
8pm – 11pm Karaokegrass!!
21+

3.21 Thursday (Bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
HENHOUSE PROWLERS
Warren G Hardings
Pickled Okra
$7adv / $10dos
8pm
21+

4.3 Wednesday (Folk Rock)
Nectar Presents:
THE MATINEE
Judd Lewis and the Loose Cannons
special guests TBA