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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Visit our Seattle Foundation Profile Page  on May 6 and click Donate Now, to make a donation to Northwest Folklife! On May 6, 2014 The Seattle Foundation will host GiveBIG – a one-day, online charitable giving event to benefit nonprofits in our community. Every donation made to Northwest Folklife via our Seattle Foundation Profile Page on May 6 will be stretched further thanks to [...]

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The Northwest Folklife Festival is a celebration of how traditions of world cultures are kept alive in the Northwest. It sounds like this year the Spirit of West Africa is moving in a similar direction, featuring more and more West African artists and musicians in our own backyard! Seattle Center Festál Spirit of West Africa Highlights the Influences of West African [...]

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Every year new artists, bands, cultural groups, food vendors, craft merchants, and dancers join the Festival lineup. Let’s take a moment to welcome a few of this year’s new communities! Fin Records: Folklife is thrilled to have Ballard’s Fin Records on board to host Indie Roots artists this year. The lineup of exciting local roots acts includes The Lures, Davidson [...]

We are excited to announce that Northwest Folklife’s Deputy Director, Debbie Fant, has been awarded an Archie Green Fellowship by the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress! Fellowship funds will support the ongoing project “Washington Works,” a series of interviews with union workers throughout Washington state. Working in cooperation with the Washington State Labor Council, Debbie will conduct approximately fifty [...]

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