Getting to the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival

All of us at Northwest Folklife are getting very excited for our favorite weekend of the year, and we want to make sure your trip to the Festival is as smooth and hassle free as possible.  There are a variety of ways to get to the Seattle Center campus, whether you’re traveling on foot, bus, bike or car.

For those taking public transportation, there are over a dozen bus routes servicing Seattle Center from all over the greater Seattle area.  Public transportation to and from the Northwest Folklife Festival can be planned by going to SeattleCenter.com or King County Trip Planner.  And don’t forget about the Monorail!  The Seattle Monorail goes directly to Seattle Center from Downtown, and departs every ten minutes, running between Seattle Center station, adjacent to the Space Needle, and Westlake Center Mall station, at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street.

If you prefer to drive to the festival there will be plenty of paid lots available surrounding Seattle Center, but please be aware that lots can fill up by midday and rates could be high.  If you want to drive but don’t want to deal with the stress of parking, consider taking a Lyft!  We will have a pick up/drop off zone conveniently located on Mercer Avenue at the North end of grounds, and drivers will be ready to assist you.  If you haven’t yet signed up for Lyft, now is the time.  Lyft is offering a special Folklife rate of $10 for each of your first 5 rides!  You can sign up here or use the new user code FOLKLIFE16. 

If you’re planning to ride your bike to the Festival we’ve got you covered also!  Bike racks will be available at the Harrison Street entrance.

Visit our Getting Here web page for more information as you plan your weekend!

Looking forward to seeing you Memorial Day Weekend!

Warren's Roadhouse 2015. Photo Credit: Doug Plummer

Let’s Dance!

Photo by Christopher Nelson

Dancing is an important – and fun – part of Northwest Folklife Festival. Just set foot in the Fisher Pavilion or Armory Court stage and you’ll see what we mean. And this year’s no different! At any time during the weekend, you can always jump in and shimmy, Allemande , or do-si-do.

Here are a few dance parties that you won’t want to miss this year:

Hula Dance
Armory Court Stage, Saturday, 2-2:45pm

Learn to dance the traditional Hula with Gloria Nahalea and friends.

Western Swing and Country Barnburner
Fisher Pavilion, Sunday, 1-2:50

Join The Wiretappers, and Wylie and the Wild West for a rootin’, tootin’ barnburner!

STG Dance This
Armory Court Stage, Sunday, 11-12:45

Learn a variety of moves from around the world in this cross cultural dance workshop organized by the Seattle Theater Group.

Singin Squares
Fisher Pavilion, Monday, 2-2:50pm

In the spirit of the Cultural Focus, we’re adding a little vocals to this entertaining square dancing showcase. Join these five singing squares Just Because in the fun! Do we even need to ask why?

Monday Closing Contra
Fisher Pavilion, Monday, 6-9pm

Closeout the festival with a major bang with these three bands with a big sound!

  • Les Capitaines du Jour with Carol Piening, Caller
  • Ryan McKasson and Friends with Woody Lane, Caller
  • Uncle Farmer with Lindsey Dono, Calller

For a full list of participatory dances as well as a full festival guide, check out the schedule here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Wayne Severson

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How long have you been Volunteering at the Northwest Folklife Festival?

Approximately 15 years.

What position(s) do you take on at the Festival?

Volunteer Check-In, Hospitality, Volunteer Party, Info Booths, and Raising Donations from festival visitors.

What keeps you coming back?

The opportunity to see old friends and the opportunity to make a lot of new ones. The pleasant atmosphere. The great music and shows.

Name a favorite food, craft, art or music that you enjoy at Folklife.

Elephant ears are one of my favorite foods. It’s so huge and it tastes so good! I enjoy craft gazing and music listening.

Please share a funny story, good memory, or tip for new volunteers!

When you want someone to donate you have to be joyful. You can’t shy away because the opportunity will pass you by. Be assertive, and be willing to chat with anyone coming or going will guarantee you a bill in the till. I’ve had people say to me that they are just passing through, or tourists, or just want to get to the other side of the Center. All you have to do is tell them that, “No matter what the size (amount) of their donation turns out to be – you will discover during your short visit was worth it, tenfold.”

Art for Everyone: Paperstock

paperstock 3PaperStock is back at the 2016 Folklife Festival! This year’s focus, Art for Everyone, reflects the variety of prints and posters available at the exhibition.  You are invited to peruse prints from contemporary concert poster artists and silk screen print artists, and you might even find a favorite new print to purchase directly from the artist! Attend an on-site screen printing demonstrations to learn how many of these prints are produced.

 

 

Located in the International Fountain Pavilion Saturday – Monday 11 AM – 7 PM.

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Farley Bookout
Eric Carnell aka Independence Printage and Fogland Studios
Frida Clements
David and Kelsey Gallo aka Weapons of Mass Design
Mike Klay aka Powerslide Design Co
Chad Lundberg
Andrew Saeger aka Factory 43
Dan Stiles

For the kids and families at Folklife Festival

The Discovery Zone is the place to be for kids and their grownups at the Festival! In addition to music, dance and workshops on the stage, the Discovery Zone is jam packed with hands on activities presented by Folklife partners every day of the festival. If you’re feeling artsy, crafty, or just plain curious, there’s a little something to fit every mood.

A full list of activities available at the Discovery Zone is listed below:

Gage Academy of Art
“Gage Pop-Up Drawing Jam”

Come unleash your inner artist! Whether you are a young Rembrandt, a comic book artist, a stick figure sketcher, or just like to express yourself, Gage presents a chance to drop in and draw at Folklife. Gage provides free professional art supplies, costumed models from bunny rabbits to comic heroes, easels, still life set ups, and lots of encouragement.

Photo by Christopher Nelson

Photo by Christopher Nelson

The Center for Wooden Boats
“Toy Boat Building”

Grab a hull, a mast, and some traditional tools and build your own boat! Decorate it, give it a name, and sail it wherever your imagination takes you.

Seattle Children’s Museum
“Exploring Rhythm”

Hungry for a bite-sized sample of the Seattle Children’s Museum?
Visit our booth to explore marbles, motion, and music, all in the same fun-filled package! Kids can explore independently or collaboratively as they make music with their bodies, marbles, and other everyday materials.

Northwest African American Museum
“Posing Beauty: Finding the Beauty Within”

Inspired by the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, families are invited to explore notions of inner beauty through art. Make art cards using word tiles and images to create miniature collages to share or trade with friends and families about what makes someone beautiful on the inside.

Nature Consortium

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Photo by Christopher Nelson

“Discover Nature through Art”

Make your own jewelry, hats, or bird feeders that explore elements of the natural environment and learn the how and why of making art with up cycled materials. In the process visitors can learn how common packaging can impact the world, explore alternative options, and work with ‘trash’ to create art.

 

Light in the Attic Friday and Saturday Only:
“This Record Belongs To _______: An Introduction to the Magic of Vinyl Records”

Light in the Attic Records loves music and so do you! We hope to share our passion by teaching the little ones the interactive experience of holding an album in your hands, putting needle to groove, and immersing yourself in the pages of a record’s sleeve as the music plays.

 

Visual Arts at Folklife

All four days of the Northwest Folklife Festival you can experience a wide range of art in the Fountain Pavilion at Seattle Center, including the multimedia projects of local artist, director, curator, and activist Tracy Rector. You can read more about Rector and her work in Seattle in the Stranger here. Ranging from photography to weaving to mixed media, Rector has organized the following exhibitions which highlight the unique experience of indigenous peoples of the region.

You can visit these exhibitions in the International Fountain Pavilion, Friday – Monday May 27-30th

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Organized by Tracy Rector and Melissa Ponder

As an unapologetic portrait essay of Indigenous people currently living in the Pacific Northwest, in·dig·e·nize, refocuses our gaze upon the enormous diversity in our region’s Native communities. As a joint legacy project by creative director Tracy Rector and photographer Melissa Ponder, this exhibit honors of all those who contributed to and participated in the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and to those Natives who call Seattle home!

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Steven Paul Judd

In Search of Steven Paul Judd

A groundbreaking artist and pioneer in visual storytelling, Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw) will bring to Seattle selections from his pop icon and cultural art creations, prints, digital media, and films. Stay tuned for more information about Judd’s exhibition and interactive opportunities with the artist at the festival!

People of the Salish Sea
People of the Salish Sea is the interactive, transmedia platform for the upcoming documentary film Clearwater, the story of the unique relationship between tribal peoples and the waters of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound). For nearly 15,000 years the Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest have called these waters home, and have time and again had to adapt to environmental, social and political changes in order to survive…and now thrive. The exhibition will consist of rich visual art, cultural demonstrations, textiles and in-person experiences that will connect the communities of the Salish Sea to the hearts of the viewing audiences.

Watch an excerpt of the film Clearwater

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Julia Brewer

Volunteer Spotlight Julia Brewer
How long have you been Volunteering at the Northwest Folklife Festival?

Well technically I have been volunteering every year since 1997, but I was 2 at that age so I basically just helped/hung around with my mom while she volunteered. As I got older I was able to take on more responsibilities and really contribute to Folklife.

Another form of volunteering is performing at the festival. I have been performing at Folklife with Melody Xie Chinese Dance Institute since 2002-2013, which I have really enjoyed.

 What position(s) do you take on at the Festival?

Over the years my mom and I have done various volunteer positions, such as greeter, button selling and vendor assistant. But our favorite position is volunteer registration. My mom and I usually take the first shifts possible. We get to the grounds around 8am, so that after the shift we can possibly volunteer for more shifts if needed or we have the whole day to enjoy the various activities the festival holds.

The volunteers and staff members that I get to work with are just amazing and I get to meet others who enjoy giving back to the festival as well, which makes getting up so early not as bad.

 Please share a funny story, good memory, or tip for new volunteers!

A good memory I have is sharing my love for Folklife with my boyfriend and friends. I have also taught several of my friends and my boyfriend how to Contra dance. So few young individuals know what Contra dancing is or how to do it, so I think it is important to teach as many of the younger generation how to Contra dance so that it does not die out. I also love staying late every day of the festival so that I can get as much Contra dancing in as I can.

A tip for new volunteers would be, to remember to smile and to just have fun with the experiences. Folklife is the friendliest festival in Seattle, so you should just sit back and enjoy your time the best you can. Even though Folklife needs the volunteers, I would also suggest that high schools students that are trying to complete their service learning hours, to try not to procrastinate to until the end to get all their necessary hours; although it is funny trying to jam as many shifts as possible into their day.

Interested in Volunteering at the Festival? Sign-up HERE today!

Did you apply to perform at the 2016 Folklife Festival?

Folklife 2014 - FridayThank you for applying to perform at the 45th annual Folklife Festival – May 27 – 30, 2016. Applicants will be hearing back from the Programming team the second week of March! If you do not recieve an email by the end of March, please feel free to reach out to us at programming@nwfolklife.org. And thank you again for applying~!

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest community-powered arts festival in the United States. It is presented each year in Seattle by Northwest Folklife, a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Last year Northwest Folklife programmed over 5,000 performers in 65 different genres of music, from Hawaiian to hip-hop. We presented dance performances representing cultures from Ireland to India. We believe everyone is a bearer of folk arts, and we encourage communities to share their cultural traditions, in the hope that interaction with new audiences will enrich the community as much as the audience.

Wintergrass is this weekend!

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Wintergrass Festival, a family friendly celebration of Bluegrass music, is a four day long festival held at the Hyatt in Bellevue starting this Thursday the 28th. At Folklife, we’re thrilled to see such an impressive lineup with familiar names from festivals past and future!

With four stages filled with music, dances, workshops, and jam sessions, you’ll be sure to find something for your Americana, Bluegrass, and fiddle lovin’ heart.

For more information including the lineup and how to buy tickets, visit the website wintergrass.com.

Arts and Nature Festival

 

Arts in Nature Festival. Image by Kim Doyel

Arts in Nature Festival 2015. Image by Kim Doyel

Arts and Nature Festival is an intimate and eclectic experience of art and performance in the woods of Seattle’s only camp ground, Camp Long. Check out highlight’s from last year’s festival here.

Northwest Folklife is thrilled to partner with the Nature Consortium for the 2016 Arts and Nature Festival. Stay tuned for a full line up including acts presented by Folklife!

 

EMP Museum kicks off 15th Annual Sound Off! Competition

This weekend kicks off the fifteenth year of Sound Off!, the annual 21 and under battle of the bands competition put on by the EMP Museum. Semifinals will take place over the next three Saturdays with the winners from the semifinals, as well as the wild card band, facing off on Saturday, March 5th.

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Semifinals #1 featuring Copalis, COSMOS, Jazzy Tee, and Party Shark

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Semifinals #2 featuring Animal Camera, Crews, Paris Alexa, and Travis Thompson

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Semifinals #3 featuring Dre’zy and Too Smoove; Hello, I’m Sorry; Paralexis; and LEE

Saturday, March 5, 2016
Finals featuring the winning band from each Semifinals round plus the wild card winner.

Northwest Folklife is proud to be a part of this ongoing program and celebration of young artists in our community. You can catch two of the semifinalists from Sound Off! at Folklife this year on Saturday morning. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the festival.

Past competitors of Sound Off! include: The Lonely Forest, Manatee Commune, Sol, Dyme Def, Brothers from Another, One Above Below None, and many more.

To read artist bios or to purchase tickets for Sound Off!, CLICK HERE

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We envision strong communities, united by arts and culture.

Gospel Choir

Northwest Folklife stands for the belief that the arts invigorate and revitalize interpersonal connections and sense of community. When people share aspects of their culture, opportunities are created to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes, and increase respect for one another. Exposure to world cultures and the creativity of folks as a big neighborhood resonates for people of all ages, throughout their lives.

Participatory arts practices bridge boundaries of race, class, and ethnicity. Unique among all Festivals, the heart of Northwest Folklife and our Festivals is the community outreach, inclusion, and collaboration that transpires all year.

By preserving cultural heritage we promote its evolution. Everyone is a bearer of folk arts; and participation in the arts is as important as observing them.

We believe that inspiring kids’ cultural intelligence will create a kinder world, strong communities, and smarter kids.

Northwest Folklife partners with the diverse communities of the Pacific Northwest to inspire programs and collaborates within these communities to develop public presentations of their arts and culture. We see that interaction with new audiences enriches presenting communities and artists as much as the audience.

Northwest Folklife creates opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Join Us, Get Involved!

Community Powered!

 

Pictured: Universal Presbyterian Gospel Choir
Photo by Piper Hanson
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