Northwest Folklife thrilled to be partnering with Kirkland Summerfest to program their Community Stage on Sunday, August 10th! Celebrating their third season, Kirkland Summerfest will transform Kirkland’s Marina Park into a lively arts destination, a place where friends and neighbors can connect and share in a celebration of community spirit. We’re excited to have the opportunity to showcase Folklife performers [...]

The Northwest Folklife Festival comes around but once a year, but we’re here year round! Here’s a few events just around the corner! Join us at Crossroads Mall Join us Saturday, July 19th at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue for an evening of dancing through Asia. Learn hand movements from instructor Meloody Xie. This is a FREE event starting at 6:30PM [...]

Full Programming Schedule Announced for 43rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival 249 NEW Performers, 35 NEW Music Showcases, First-Time Visual Arts and Film Programming May 23-26 at Seattle Center – NWFolklife.org/Festival Seattle’s Northwest Folklife today announced the full schedule of events for the 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival, the non-profit’s signature event. The Festival features over 5,000 performers from over 65 [...]

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Northwest Folklife is excited to be back at Bellevue Crossroads for the second Cultural Dance Series! The series begins in February and runs through July every third Saturday of the month. Join us to learn some dance steps, enjoy some music and spend time with the community!   February 15th – Folklife presents African Rhythm and Dance with Tribe-Olution featuring [...]

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We’re counting down the days to our first annual Winter Fireside Party this Saturday, January 25th at the Vera Project. We’ll have a limited number of tickets available at the door so if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, order your tickets now: Still planning your day? Click here to view the schedule for the day! You can also purchase [...]

Join us for our very first annual Winter Fireside Party; a benefit for Northwest Folklife on January 25, 2014 at the VERA Project on Seattle Center grounds! Enjoy a full day and evening of string bands, indie-roots, blues and gospel music, as well as the opportunity to hear from artists in a cozy and intimate setting. Guests are invited to [...]

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?   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 [...]

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, [...]

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Northwest 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 [...]

Did you know there is a special opportunity for Washington State employees interested in supporting Northwest Folklife? The Washington State Combined Fund Drive empowers Washington public employees and retirees to strengthen communities through the funding and support of charities with automatic monthly donations. It’s simple! It’s easy! Set it up and you don’t have to remember to renew! Find out how [...]

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Northwest Folklife is thrilled to announce we’ve been invited to program a full day of free music and dance at Kirkland Summerfest! The lineup features groups from your favorite Folklife communities, including Cajun/Zydeco, Indian, Hip Hop, Latino, Old Time, and Balkan, on stage on Sunday, August 11. Folklife Stage Schedule: 11:00 – 11:50 AM: Cultural Focus Representation: Indian Dance Performance with surprise [...]

Not only can you take a trip around the world through music, dance, stories and art at the Northwest Folklife Festival, but you can eat your way around the globe as well! Check out our complete list of food vendors here. Be sure to check out Eloi Taste the Carribbean – an unusual treat for the Northwest! You’ll also want [...]