Did you Text FOLK to 20222 to Give $10? Give some cash to the folks in the purple aprons? Drop dollars in the donation boxes? Make a donation at the Donation & Information Station? Become a Friend of Folklife?
We Thank YOU!
Chaotic Noise Marching Corps. Photo by Piper Hanson
Your donation to Northwest Folklife during the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival sparks the magic! Your support gives meaning to the Festival’s community-powered identity. You, along with all of the brilliant performers, volunteers, sponsors and supporters create this enormous, layered phenomenon of arts and culture. It is easy to have a good time at the Northwest Folklife Festival, making new discoveries and meeting your neighbors. And there is more to it.
Your gift provides Northwest Folklife with resources to reach out to new artists and to develop the extended relationships that make up the Northwest Folklife family tree that embraces communities, dancers, singers, musicians, performers and artists, and their ‘Folklife’: arts and culture as a way of life.
Draze. Photo by Piper Hanson
Behind the scenes, year round, for over 44 years, Northwest Folklife has helped form the cultural landscape of the Northwest by giving voice to artists and their creative expression, through their traditional music and personal innovations. Every year, we present a Cultural Focus, a ‘festival within a festival’, that features a Pacific Northwest community through special performances, panels, workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, and activities. The 2015 Cultural Focus, Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches explored the cross-cultural and traditional roots of Hip Hop.
This year’s Cultural Focus let us meet the Maraire Family through Dumi Maraire, Jr., aka Draze, as he shared his family’s long involvement with the Northwest Folklife Festival, and his own evolution as an artist. New to Washington, and the USA, Dumi, Sr. was a brave force, determined to share his Zimbabwean culture. He found open arms and an invitation in the Northwest Folklife Festival. The Maraire children grew up with the Festival as their annual performance of the year: new songs, new outfits, new opportunities. Today, Dumi Jr. creates hip-hop inspired by his life in Seattle and Shona roots in Zimbabwe. His music functions in the same way roots music in Africa has for thousands of years: to educate a community, to encourage individual strengths, and to celebrate and respect cultural heritage.
Your enduring support makes the Northwest Folklife magic happen! Your generosity strengthens our community, and gives voice to artists and inspiration to audiences of all ages to play, dance, sing, taste, learn and participate: everyone together. Thank you.
Robert Townsend, Executive Director Sheila Siden, Development Director
PS Save the Date! The second annual Seattle Children’s Festival will be on Sunday, October 11, 2015, a one-day multi-cultural festival located on Seattle Center grounds, “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.”