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Music Together Brings Fun for the Young Set

Expect a forecast of sunshine at Seattle Children’s Festival! We are so excited for your little one(s) to experience the Sunshine Music Together workshop and get a taste of what it offers. Bring the whole family and join in on the fun at 1:00 p.m., in Loft 4.  Check out our interview with Sunshine director Summer Rognlie Trisler to find out more about the Music Together program and what activities to look forward to at the Festival.

 

SCF: Explain what the Music Together program is and the philosophy behind it?ST: Music Together i

s an innovative music and movement program for children aged birth to five years and their parents or caregivers, that is bas

ed on the belief that all children are inherently musical.  Music Together pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. At Music Together we believe that music ability is as basic to life as walking or talking, and that it is every child’s birthright to participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of our culture. We introduce children to the joys of making music instead of passively receiving it from CD’s and television. And because very young children instinctively respond to and imitate their loved ones, the active participation of parents and caregivers – regardless of their musical ability – is an essential part of the rich musical environment we create. Music Together parents discover what a powerful role model they are for their child, just by having fun with the music themselves! And by providing cd’s and songbooks to take home, we hope to inspire music-making in your everyday family life.

SCF: What can parents do on their own to inspire music education and movement activities for their children?

ST: Nothing is more important for a child’s musical growth than seeing their loved ones modeling music making with enjoyment! They don’t care if you sing in tune, they think you have the best voice in the world, but they do care that you model and participate! Around the house or wherever

you spend time with your children, try to incorporate music into your day-to-day activities. Create songs out of brushing your teeth, taking a bath, getting dressed, getting in the carseat – It’s so very simple for us to do, yet profound for your child’s music development. Families will often ask us what type of music they should be playing at home for their children, and we always tell them; “Play what you love. Remember that children learn by watching and imitating you, they are acquiring a disposition for music from you, so if you love rhythm and blues, share that with your child. If you love the Beatles, play the Beatles!” Parents need to give themselves permission to model how much fun music is.

 

SCF: What kind of activities will families be doing in the workshops at Seattle Children’s Festival?

ST: We’ll be encouraging families to unwind and join in with full participation as we lead fun, silly and playful music and movement activities together!  We’ll talk a little bit about what we’re learning and why we do what we do within the song activities.  Our hope is to send parents home with a deeper understanding of their child’s music development, and with some basic tools to help support  that development at home.

 

SCF: What is the most popular/favorite activity in the program?

ST: Singing and moving together in a mixed aged family community setting!  Where else do children get to see a room full of adults circle dancing with bells or crawling around on the floor playfully acting like cats and dogs singing.  Remember children learn through play at this age!  They respect adults who can communicate with them on their level!  We create a fun, informal, playful, developmentally appropriate, non performance oriented learning environment which is musically rich, yet immediately accessible to the child’s – and the adult’s! – participation.

 

SCF: What should parents expect for the kids from Sunshine Music Together at SCF?

ST:  To have a GREAT time participating with their parents in song and movement activities and to be inspired and motivated by the participation of the musical community around them!   We’re all there to model how much fun music making is!

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Inside Afro-Brazilian Martial Art-Dance Traditions in Seattle

With more than 23 years of Capoeira experience, instructor Silvio Aleixo Dos Reis was kind enough to take some time to chat with us and provide more info on the ancient art form. Check out International Capoeira Angola Foundation Seattle’s performance at Seattle Children’s Festival at 11:45 a.m in Loft 3.

SCF:  What exactly is Capoeira Angola? A sport, a game, or a dance?

SDR: Capoeia Angola is an Afro-Brazilian martial art-dance traditions carried by enslaved Africans brought to Brazil beginning in the sixteenth century. Capoeira developed in Brazil as a “dance fight” that combines wit, flexibility and strategy into a graceful and nimble art of both body and mind. Today, Capoeira Angola is an art form that uses the language of movement and music to enhance self-esteem and push our bodies in a healthy way.

SCF:  Why should people learn Capoeira as a form of exercise?

SDR: We teach Capoeira as a fun and engaging art form that promotes the development of coordination, balance, body strength and agility. Through the fundamental elements of cooperation, creativity and natural movements, each class focuses on achievement, leadership and community building.

SCF: Capoeira seems pretty physically demanding, how can young or older people safely get involved with it?

SDR: The different movements of Capoeira can be set up to be done for everybody from all ages. We teach in a way that we have specific movements that we can teach for young people and other movements that the older people can do in a fun and safe environment. In this way different groups can participate in the same class and feel well supported by the instructor and all class.

SCF: Any tips for people who are interested in learning Capoeira?

SDR: If people are interested in learning capoeira, it is very important to do not try to do by themselves. All the movements need specific orientation to do and in the beginning is good to have a instructor and a good school to start. Look for a professional capoeira school and help the capoeira community grow.

In this class people will enhance their musical, physical and social capacities through active and interactive participation.

People will learn:

- How to do basic movements to play the capoeira game

- How to play the percussion instruments like drums, tambourines and the musical bowl the berimbau

- Sing capoeira songs in Brazilian Portuguese

SCF: What can people who attended Seattle Children’s Festival expect from Capoeira?

SDR: For the performance we will be presenting the capoeira angola movements in a circle followed by the music and songs in Brazilian Portuguese. Ten musicians will be playing the instruments and two performers will be doing the movements in the middle of the circle. The performance is going to be an interactive act with the public when they will be invited to sing and play some of the musical instruments with us in a ” learning through practice” process. The capoeira rhythms are easy to learn and fun to dance to, and will be demonstrated during our performance.

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Recess Monkey Q&A

Drew Holloway, Jack Forman and Korum Bischoff join forces to create Recess Monkey – a nationally-acclaimed kindie music trio whose past album “The Final Funktier” was awarded 4 of 4 stars in PEOPLE magazine! This fall, they’ll release their latest album WIRED and one stop on their hectic tour schedule is the Seattle Children’s Festival. Performing at 4:30 p.m. at the Fisher Pavilion, you will not want to miss out on these guys. The whole family will go bananas for Recess Monkey!
Check out this fun Q&A with the band – then mark your calendars for the big day. See you there!
 
SCF: What are your favorite topics to sing about?
 
RM: We’re most interested in celebrating childhood- we love singing about friendships, adventures and finding things to laugh about. We think of ourselves as a multi-layered band with lyrics that will speak to all ages in a family. Our newest songs include odes to “Take Your Kid to Work Day,” time traveling with a Grandpa and compulsive photography.
 
SCF:  How important is it for kids to learn music in school? And how should teachers incorporate music in their lessons? 
 
RM: It’s a really rich subject that gives a lot of kids something to get excited about- and research tends to show that self-directed enthusiasm for a particular focus area is the single most important skill that kids can learn and benefit from. Not all kids are into music- some get the same engagement from art, sports, you name it- but there’s something about music’s unifying principle- it creates these moments that every member of the family can share. That’s a really important thing to us- helping families connect over something as fun as music.
 
SCF:  Besides your own, who are your favorite kindie bands or artists?
 
RM: We love Justin Roberts, the Chicago singer/songwriter; Caspar Babypants from here in Seattle (his songs are gems- every one of them); The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Not-Its, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and too many more to list. All of these people are making first-rate, extremely entertaining music for the whole family!
 
SCF:  What has been your favorite place to perform?
 
RM: We’ve played about 1000 shows over the last 9 years, so there’s a lot to choose from… but some of the standouts have included the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Austin City Limits, The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Lollapalooza, Teatro ZinZanni here in Seattle and, of course, Northwest Folklife!
 
SCF:  What can parents and kids expect from Recess Monkey at Seattle Children’s Festival?
 
RM: High energy dance party with lots of singalong-ible moments and a “greatest hits” collection of songs from all 11 of our albums. We’ll play several songs from last year’s “Deep Sea Diver” and this year’s brand new album “Wired” – songs about being creative and DIY.
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Seattle Children’s Festival

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Photo by Christopher Nelson

The Seattle Children’s Festival will be a free one-day multi-cultural festival located on Seattle Center Grounds on October 12, 2014. By “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood,” the Festival will bring together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest. Families will also have the option of an Event Passport that takes them on an interactive journey through the festival.

We’ll be presenting performances and interactive workshops geared towards families and children of all ages including some of the mostwell loved children’s performers of the Northwest. Various international dance forms presented will include Indian Kathak Dance with Leela Kathak Dancers, West African Dance with Etienne Capko & Gansango, Hip-Hop break-dancing, Brazilian Capoeira with International Capoeira Angola Foundation and more!

Kids will also have the chance to learn and listen to various different music styles including Sunshine Music Together, Hand-Made Crankies, American stringband music, and Simba Marimba.

The Seattle Children’s Festival will also include jump roping with Ropeworks, interactive cooking demonstrations for kids from PCC as well as sustainable farming education with Seattle Farm Co-op, interactive historical exhibits, and various hands-on activities. They’ll have the chance to try out different arts and crafts activities including making their own puppets or toy boats.

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Don’t forget their dancing shoes – upbeat pop bands from the Kindiependent community such as Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey will be performing. Stay tuned for more details including our schedule!

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FOLKLIFE PRESENTS AT KIRKLAND SUMMERFEST

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 in a new enviFolklife 2014 - Sundayronment!

 

Catch some of your favorite Folklife performers that Sunday, including:

11:00 – 11:50 AM: Capoeira Angola

12:10 – 1:00 PM: Grupo Folklorico Guadalajara

1:20 – 2:10 PM: Carrigaline

2:30 – 3:20 PM: Armstrong, Lawton, and Katz

3:40 – 4:30 PM: Joseph Giant

4:50 – 6:00 PM: PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Balkan Dance with Jana Rickel

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Summertime Fun with Folklife!

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!

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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 – 8:30PM.

Folklife is thrilled to be p?format=400wartnering with the Kirkland Summerfest, August 8-10 to present some of your favorite Folklife performers on their Community Stage! Summerfest is Kirkland’s largest festival featuring three days of art and music on the waterfront and throughout downtown. Don’t miss 3 days of visual and performing arts, over 50 performances, spectator sports, family rides, and entertainment, over 150 vendors and food trucks on the streets of downtown. Stay tuned for our full line up and more details!

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Folklife was streaming live from many of our stages from the Festival all weekend! Miss a show? Click here to see if it’s there, and listen to many of the hundreds of recordings from this remarkable Festival!Fri_Multigenerations2The Northwest Folklife Festival comes around but once a year, but we’re here year round! Keep up with us on Facebook – we’ll be sharing fun events around town, Folklife news, do a few fun giveaways, and so much more. Plus, we want to hear about the cultural entertainment you love in the Pacific Northwest. Facebook is the perfect place to share.
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scf_logo_Starburst_TransFolklife is hard at work planning our first Children’s Festival! The Seattle Children’s Festival will be a free one-day festival located on the Seattle Center Grounds on October 12, 2014. No admission charge, thanks to your donations and community support! By “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood,” the Festival will bring together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest. Programming will include music and dance performances and interactive workshops from around the world as well as a Hands-on Activity Area.

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Full Programming Schedule Announced for Folklife Festival

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 different cultural communities that help to make up the Northwest, available to all for no admission charge, thanks to donations from the community at large. The Northwest Folklife Festival runs May 23-26 on Seattle Center grounds, with hours of operation each day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This year’s Festival is not only packed with programming and events that people have grown to look forward to at the annual event, but it is also loaded with all kinds of new programming – namely film.

nwf_festival14_poster_finalv2“We are so excited about this year’s partnership with SIFF,” Kelli Faryar, head of programming commented. “There are so many films screening at the Film Center this year that people could actually just watch movies all day – for free! Some of the titles we’re very excited about include Light in the Attic’s ‘Wheedle’s Groove,’ the newly released ‘The Lunchbox,’ and in tribute to Pete Seeger, ‘Power of Song,’ but really there are many others to enjoy.”

Northwest Folklife has also added visual arts to the Festival’s programming line-up in a brand new way, offering up the 1st Annual PaperStock poster show, and a hands-on Fiber Arts area. Paperstock is a curation of some of the Pacific Northwest’s best poster artists and will feature the work of many popular concert poster and silk screen print artists working today. In addition to seeing fine poster art in person and meeting the artists who’ve created it, there will also be onsite screen printing demonstrations for festival goers to witness first hand how prints are produced. Additionally, there will be demonstrating artists creating various fiber arts projects – blankets, baskets, quilts, jewelry and more – in the Alki Court area throughout the Festival.general promo-hula hoops

In addition to expanded Indie Roots programming (sponsored by KEXP 90.3) and a bigger than ever Discovery Zone for families (sponsored by ParentMap), the Northwest Folklife Festival is excited to bring 249 first-time artists to its stages including Naomi Wachira, Mikey and Matty, and Hillstomp from Portland – to name a few. There are over 35 new showcases and some of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite artists and Festival events are returning – like the Saturday night “Soul of Seattle” Showcase and Monday night’s reggae showcase featuring Clinton Fearon, both taking place at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.

For the entire schedule, please visit Northwest Folklife online at NWFolklife.org/Festival.

Indian Cinema at the Festival

In partnership with SIFF Film Center, the 2014 Festival presents bold and local films throughout the entire weekend. Come join us in the Film Center and get inspired!

This year, the Festival’s Cultural Focus celebrates India and their culture! We will be exploring and sharing India’s ancient history, unique heritage steeped in traditional arts, and its people, many of which have traveled from the country of their origin to various parts of the world taking with them the message of their culture. Some of these experiences can be found in features films like: Sita Sings the Blues – directed by Nina Paley, The Lunch Box – directed by Ritesh Batra, The Sound of Mumbai : A Musical Documentary- directed by Sarah McCathy and One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Daas – directed by Jeremy Frindel.

Sita Sings the Blues, Director: Nina Paley Friday, 2PM

Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 musical written, directed, produced and animated entirely by Nina Paley. This light-hearted version of the traditional Indian tale of Ramayana, a classic text in Hindu mythology, is cut up into four different artistic styles that blend together to convey the artist and directors own experiences, views, and perspective on the ancient Indian epic. The aspect of the story focuses on the relationship between Sita and Rama, gods incarnated as human beings, who even they can’t seem make their marriage work. Set in the 1920s, this satirically animated tale tells the story of Rama on his journey to save his wife Sita from the nearly invulnerable king of Lanka, Ravana. The entire movie is geared around Sita and Director Nina Paley and their misfortune with their unsuccessful romantic endeavors in a comical powerful way. Director Nina Paley describes it as “a tale of truth, justice and a woman’s cry for equal treatment”.

The Lunch Box, directed by Ritesh Batra Sunday, 2PM

The Lunch Box is an extraordinary drama about love, loss, and yearning between two strangers who shares their feelings through romantic notes. The legendary Dabbawallahs of Mumbai, India, deliver millions of lunchboxes a day throughout the city. They pick up containers packed by housewives and using public transportation takes them to the husbands’ desks. This love story begins when lonely housewife lla (Nimrat Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband at work. Unfortunately, the delivery goes astray and, unbeknownst to her, is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a governmental employ, lonely widower and a grumpy old man who is getting ready to retire. Curious about her husband’s lack of response, lla adds a note to the next day’s lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and lla can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person.

The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical Documentary, Director Sarah McCarthy

Saturday, 2:55PM, Q&A with Director, Sarah McCarthy following the screening

For one emotional night, a group of slum children in Mumbai, India, get a chance to experience a different world and fosters hope as their lives change forever as they perform, The Sound of Music with the backing of the Bombay Chamber Orchestra and with Austrian professor and conductor Johannis Steinwender .With the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an undercurrent, the film follows them into their homes, giving glimpses of hard lives with little prospect for improvement. Director Sarah McCarthy wisely pitches much of the film through the eyes of the young man, whose own pressure to succeed coupled with a pure enthusiasm is both heart-breaking and infectious. Regarded by his family as their last hope to rise out of poverty, charming 11-year-old boy Ashish, is given a small solo in the performance and invests considerable hope in what this will do for his future. With a sort of “Slumdog Millionaire” syndrome, Ashish constantly reminds himself in writing or by talking to himself in the mirror that he needs to stop feeling self-conscious and have the confidence in order to be successful. His natural charisma suggests that he could go far if given the right opportunity.

One Track Heart: Story of Krishna Das, Director Jeremy Frindel

Monday, 12PM

One Track Heart: Story of Krishna Das is a 2012 documentary about a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel in the 1970s, who walked away from the American dream of rock ’n’ roll stardom by turning down the lead singer slot in the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult. He sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. The Story of Krishna Das follows Jeffrey Kagel’s journey to India and back, his struggles with depression and drug abuse, and his eventual emergence as Krishna Das—the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master and Grammy-nominated recording artist. Krishna Das is one of the most popular singers of Indian devotional music in the world. Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, this musicial genius has been called yoga’s “rock star.” This film reveals remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, and has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time.

Panels and Presentations

The 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival will present panels from accomplished speakers as part of our Cultural Focus program! We are honored to welcome Ramesh Gangolli, Sonora Jha, Indu Sundaresan and Dr. Anu Taranath as they each identify their experience and connection to the Indian community in the Northwest. Join our talented panelists on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 between 12 PM – 4 PM in the JBL Theater (Narrative Stage).

Writingsonora jha Fact through Fiction: Telling India’s Untold Stories

With Sonora Jha

Saturday May 24, 2:00PM – 2:50PM

Seattle University Journalism professor and novelist Sonora Jha, speaks about the delights and challenges of writing in different forms in India and in the U.S. Through her fiction novel, ‘Foreign’ she will communicate the contrast between a developing American existence and a developing Indian one. Drop in on Sonora’s storytelling as she reveals a world of protest rallies and a love that demands to be rekindled.

 

 

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With Indu Sundaresan

Saturday May 24, 3:00PM – 3:50PM

Storyteller, Indu Sundaresan, reveals a blend of romance and history about the abandoned ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Turning a seamless drama into an integrating solid research, Indu weaves the political affairs of the Mughal kingdom into the fictionalized account. Get a glimpse into the royal lives of India’s Mughal kings who built the Taj Mahal, as Indu takes you on a virtual tour of the city and read from sections of her novels that are set in Fatehpur Sikri.

 

anu taranathStorytelling from India and Beyond: How Literature Makes Us Care about Ourselves and Others

With Anu Taranath

Sunday May 25, 2:00PM – 2:50PM

Dr. Anu Taranath is a professor at the Universtiy of Washington and teaches about power and privilege through a focus on postcolonial, queer, and feminist world literatures. Passionate about stories, Anu will introduce us to inspirational stories from India and the Indian diaspora. We will learn about history, cultural diversity and identity, and wonder together how storytelling affects who we are and how we think of others. Join Anu for this interactive conversation that will help us better understand the range of perspectives literature offers us.

Ramesh GangolliMusic of India and its Romance with Seattle

With Ramesh Gangolli

Sunday May 25, 3:00PM – 3:50PM

Ramesh Gangolli is musician, musicologist, mathematician and educator at the University of Washington. Come participate in our discussion about how Seattle has come to be known as one of the prime venues in the US for the presentation of Music of India.  Discover any unanswered questions you might have about classical Indian music in the Pacific Northwest and how you can get involved.

Celebrating India: Programmming

Join us May 23- 26th for an exploration of India and It’s People at the 43rd annual Folklife Festival

Mahishasura Mardini Kuchipudi

Experience the drama of Kuchipudi, Sunday evening from 7-10pm in the Bagley Wright Theatre

 

Bollywood Show

Exhibition Hall – Friday, 6:45pm-8:15pm

Featuring a gorgeous array of Bollywood Dance performances curated by Mollie Singh, director and curator of Bollywood Seattle. The “Bollywood Show” gives audiences a chance to experience various Bollywood dance styles, Indian folk dance, and the Bollywood story through this dance form. This showcase features Bhangra with Chi, Bolly Dance Moves, Bollywood Seattle, Desi Girls, Nachle, Queen Harish, University of Washington Bollywood Kahaani, University of Washington DangeRaas Dawgs, and Vibha Srinivasan.

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Colors & Colors of India, Saturday, May 24th from 11am to 2pm

Colors & Cultures of India

Bagley Wright Theatre – Saturday, 11am-1pm

A popular, classical Indian dance style, Kathak originated in ancient northern India, and contains traces of temple and ritual dance. The “Colors & Cultures of India” showcase will feature an elaborate array of all-ages Kathak dance performance from area with other Indian dance styles interwoven. Performers include Anga Kala Kathak Academy, Arpan, Leela Kathak Dancers, Mohini Dance School, Nrityalaya Dance, Nupur Dancing Superstars, Sangeetha Nrithyalaya, Tanjavur Dance School, Urvasi Dance Ensemble, and Vidhi Jain.

Sound of Mumbai, SIFF Film Center, 3:15PM on Saturday

Indian Cinema

SIFF Film Center – Friday thru Monday, 11:00 am-7:00 pm

Features films such as: Sita Sings the Blues – directed by Nina Paley; The Sound of Mumbai : A Musical Documentary- directed by Sarah McCathy; One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Daas – directed by Jeremy Frindel.

Music Across India

Center Theatre – Sunday, 11:45 am-1:45 pm

Three incredible performances featuring music from first-time Folklife group-performers Junior Tabla Eastside, an exquisite Carnatic music presentation from nationally-known artist Priya Raghav, as well as presentation of Indian instrumental music from the students of Anjali Music School.

Reflectionz: Fashion of India

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Àtiz Fashion House, 5PM, Exhibition Hall, Sunday

Exhibition Hall – Sunday, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Fashion is a way of life! Catch a live catwalk-style fashion show at the Folklife Festival. The fashions of Àtiz Fashion House perfectly balance the concept of feminine beauty found in both Indian and America; be inspired and behold the opulent textiles and brilliant colors swirling in translucent layers.

 

Panels and Presentations

Narrative Stage (JBL Theatre) – Saturday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Indian culture spreads to the Northwest as featured speakers: Sonia Faleiro, Ramesh Gangolli, Sonora Jha, Indu Sundaresan and Anu Taranath discuss their opinions and experience about Indian perception in our community.

Mahishasura Mardini Kuchipudi – an operatic dance ballet

Sri Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sarma

Don’t miss internationally acclaimed Sri Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sarma, Monday, May 25th in the Bagley Wright Theatre.

Bagley Wright Theatre – Sunday, 7:00pm-10:00pm

A grand and traditional Indian opera, Mahishasura Mardini Kuchipudi will fill the Bagley Wright Theatre with lovely music and dance. Starring internationally renowned Indian dancer Sri Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sarma, this is the first operatic dance ballet of this caliber to be produced at the Folklife Festival and seating is limited!

 

 

 

Indya Rang Bazaar by Sampada

Fountain Pavilion, Saturday – Monday, 11:00a.m.-7:00p.m.

Sampada means INHERITANCE. INDIA, the oldest
living civilization on earth, has an ancient heritage formed during Indus
Valley Civilization and evolved through the Vedic Age, Buddhism, the Golden
Age, Invasion from Central Asia, European Colonization and the Indian
Independence Movement. Stop by the INDYA RANG BAZAAR to get access to
high quality authentic Indian artwork ranging from Décor to personal items made
from vegetable & organically derived colors.

 

Learn to Dance Bollywood!

With Vijayasree Nori, Lavanya Kasabada and Shirin Nori
Armory Stage – Monday, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Family Fun at the 2014 Festival!

hula hoopsExplore the bigger-than-ever-before Discovery Zone, a family-friendly hands-on activities area with performances, workshops, and activities that are fun for people of all ages!

Be sure to check out the Discovery Zone, the family friendly hands-on activities area with performances, workshops and activities that are fun for people of all ages!  The Discovery Zone will be located in the Next 50 Plaza and open from 11am-6pm Friday-Monday of the festival.  This year, the area will be even bigger and better than ever in preparation for Northwest Folklife’s first annual Seattle Children’s Festival happening on October 12, 2014 on the Seattle Center Grounds.

Look for more information on all of the fun activities that will be happening in the Discovery Zone, coming soon!Wooden Boats

2014 Cultural Focus: India and its People

In honor of Northwest Folklife’s tradition to celebrate one of the many cultures that make up the greater Pacific Northwest through dedicated programming at the organization’s signature festival event each May, Northwest Folklife will showcase a history of east Indian traditions, styles and identities across six different stages.

“Folklife works with over 100 communities each Festival,” lead programmer Kelli Faryar explains. “Most of our community showcases are framed in a 2-3 hour window which is only a glimpse into who and what these particular communities thrive on and the traditions that they are passing along. Our Cultural Focus allows us to further engage a community and showcase who they are not just at the Festival, but throughout the year and with a much broader platform.”

In early 2014, Northwest Folklife was honored to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant for their work to promote and showcase the expansive Cultural Focus: India and its People programming that will be presented at the 2014 Festival. Northwest Folklife’s ability to showcase this significant regional culture is greatly enhanced by this important funding.

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Chamma Chamma in the Colors & Colors showcase

Produced in partnership with the India Association of Western Washington (IAWW)

Join us May 23-26 at the Festival to learn more about the Indian community of the Northwest through panels and discussions, films, dance and music presentations, visual arts and even a chance to learn how to dance Bollywood!

The 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates India, its ancient history, unique heritage steeped in traditional arts, and its people, many of which have traveled from the country of their origin to various parts of the world taking with them the message of their culture. Today, some of those travelers call the Pacific Northwest home, and others originate here thanks to earlier generations that immigrated in the early 1900s in search of higher education, better jobs or to merely explore. They found opportunities and eagerly contributed their best to the development of Washington State. They became the engineers, the educators, the healthcare professionals, and simply your everyday citizen.

Over the years, Seattle became synonymous with Boeing, and Redmond with Microsoft; through these economic changes, the Indian community grew. As they raised their sons and daughters in the Northwest, the Indian immigrants also formed new friendships, shared their varied experiences, enriching local communities with their unique culinary, artistic, eastern healing sciences and other distinctive cultural traditions. They opened restaurants, small businesses, volunteered at various organizations and participated with enthusiasm in Folklife and other local arts and heritage festivals.

Since 2002, the Northwest has seen an exponential rise in the number of skilled workers immigrating from India. The 1900s saw the Indian immigrants creatively connecting their families to their roots. Families would gather in rented community center rooms to celebrate festivals and teach children about their heritage. Crossing the border to Vancouver, BC, Canada was a much-anticipated trip where one could meander down Main Street’s Indian stores selling the latest Indian fashions and mouthwatering savories and sweets.

The 2000s brought an influx of technology workers as well as a boom in Indian restaurants and stores selling groceries. Fast food cafes or dhabas selling basic meals and delicacies have become popular among the tech crowd working long hours. Stores selling fresh flowers like the fragrant jasmine and dough for the Indian crepe ‘dosa’ provide comfort and ease to the lives of these busy individuals.Logo_forprint

The India Association of Western Washington (IAWW) provides a common identity to the Indian community and facilitates cultural, social and educational services, and opportunitiesfor cultural integration from young to old of the community; as well as to foster those activities that enhance mutual understanding and appreciation between the Indo-American community and mainstream American community. IAWW offers subsidized lunches to the seniors in the community once a month at the Redmond Senior Center. They also run a popular and eagerly anticipated five day summer camp “Camp Bharat” for children of Indian roots.