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 [...]

You are invited to the greatest show of talent in the Northwest! Be part of the 42nd Northwest Folklife Festival this May 24-27 in Seattle Center. Enjoy and participate in your traditions! And experience other cultures by listening to their music, trying out their dances, and hearing their stories. And it’s all FREE. The 42nd Festival features a special focus [...]

Don’t be surprised to see hip hop on our “folk” stages! “Hip hop is definitely a form of folk music,” says Kelli Faryar, Programs Manager at Northwest Folklife. “Folk music is the people’s music, and hip hop is first-hand stories and narratives.” The Festival is a celebration of how all traditions are kept alive in the Northwest–from accordion to zither! [...]

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Visit our Seattle Foundation Profile Page now and click Donate Now, to GiveBIG to Northwest Folklife! From midnight to midnight today only, every donation made to Northwest Folklife via our Seattle Foundation Profile Page will be stretched further thanks to by the Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors, who will match a share of every contribution! In addition to The Seattle [...]

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