The PNW Craft Beer Festival

Join us at the PNW CRAFT BEER FEST for a celebration of the best beer the Northwest has to offer, right in the heart of the Northwest Court in Seattle Center.

Located next to the Back Porch Stage and just outside of the KEXP Gathering Space, the PNW Craft Beer Fest will serve you your new favorite brew on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 from 11:00AM-8PM.

$25 get you a 5oz taste of 10 local breweries. 21+

Check out the list of brews here.

Sponsored by KEXP and The Stranger

 

This is Folklife Spotlight: Kristi Brown

Also known as ‘Chef Goddess’, Chef Kristi Brown-Wokoma has been serving up soulful deliciousness since 1986. Her brand focuses on the art and experience of food through Culinary Activism, or the cultivation of fresh food and cooking as a means to bring people together and help heal communities through the love and medicine of food.

With 23 years of cooking experience under her belt, the Chef Goddess has worked her way up from working front and back of house to creating a Seattle town favorite, That Brown Girl Catering, which has been transformed into That Brown Girl Cooks! She is currently involved with creating the Seattle Center Festál cookbook and you can see her demonstrating her skills at Festál Family Day “Edible Seattle” at MOHAI on Feb 18th! Let’s find out more about Kristi!

What role do you see Festál playing in the greater community? 

Festál is an birds eye experience of what Seattle has long been. A distinct celebration of several cultures throughout the entire year, not on a designated federal holiday.  Festál has taken the initiative to give us an opportunity to learn, celebrate and actively take part in cultures that we may be a part of or are curious about.  That helps us see the connections more so than the differences.

Why do you think Festál has endured for so long?

I believe Festál has lasted so long because at the core spirit of Seattle, there is a deep desire to honor the people of the land and the dedication to continue to create even more community.

How does food and cooking nurture the passing down of cultural traditions? And of cultural, ethnic identity?

Next to sex, I believe food is the most powerful medium to bring people together.  So families, even when they are not talking to one another, will share a meal.  We speak out our joys and grievances over food.  We seek solace and comfort in the warm kitchen. And these meals tell the stories,  the tales of who we are, where we came from and it all amalgamates in the pot. And those stories are passed on from one generation to another. It truly is magical.

Please share a memory connected to creating the Festal cookbook that was meaningful to you?  

There are so many….

I think it’s more of a behind the scene thing.  We truly had no idea what we were getting into.  Meaning the intricacies of each cultures food, the techniques, the respect for authenticity….it guided everything we did.  But my crew???  They were phenomenal!!! While we were making the Irish Cake, one of the volunteers, Trenita Harris, who is an amazing pastry chef, saw that I was clueless when it came to part of the decorating of the cake.  It was pretty extensive, and we were working on a tight tight deadline.  She actually took the cake home, after working her regular graveyard shift and a full shift helping cook/bake for the cookbook and totally decorated the cake in marzipan…it was amazing!!!  The dedication that everyone bought to the table….was unparalleled!  I’m so grateful for the entire crew….WE DID IT!!!

What would you like to see for the future of Northwest Folklife?

I would like to see it listed a pre-requisite for every newcomer to Seattle, because if you don’t take part in this celebration, you will never truly understand the spirit in our land.  And if you don’t understand us, you will disrespect what we’ve built.

Please finish this sentence: ‘folklife is…

Folklife is like soup.  I’ll go even further and say…It’s like Pho. The rich broth brings together each individual ingredient. But not even one of the ingredients are lost, they all stand out, to make the most prolific soup possible!!!

View from Friend of Folklife HQ

Thank You, Friends of Folklife

View from Friend of Folklife HQ

View from Friend of Folklife HQ

Art Xchange Gallery GoodyGood to see you, Friends of Folklife! We really enjoyed meeting up with our extraordinary donors at the Friend of Folklife Headquarters this 45th Festival. All whose Festival schedule allowed got together daily at 4:15 – 5:15 to hobnob and have our drawing. It was fun, and we had a great view of the Festival from the Fisher Terrace. Would you like to be invited to hang out at the HQ and receive your Festival Guide by mail before the Festival, all while sustaining Northwest Folklife? Become a Friend of Folklife.

One of our highlights every year is designing the tote bag, and finding goodies to put in it for Friends! We thank our in-kind donors and Friend of Folklife program partners!

Friend of Folklife Tote Bag

This is community-power.

Art Xchange Gallery
Beanfields
Center for Wooden Boats
Dang! Coconut Chips
Liberty Orchards
Nature’s Bakery
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle Mariners
World Spice Merchants

We unveiled our Friend of Folklife Invitational Multi-Cultural Arts Experiences Program. Please update your email so we can invite you to make new discoveries!

Meet our program partners:

ArtXchange Gallery
JOIN US in September for an Artist Talk with Humaira Abid: her work examines women’s roles, relationships, and taboos from a cross-cultural perspective. This contemporary intercultural art gallery at Pioneer Square inspires cultural exploration and exchange of ideas through art, exhibiting art from around the world that reflects the diversity of influences shaping the Seattle community and contemporary global culture.
ACT – A Contemporary Theatre
An interactive community where artists and the public witness, contemplate and engage in dialogue on today’s thought-provoking issues, ideas and art, presented with intelligence, insight, and humor.
Center for Wooden Boats
The Center for Wooden Boats is a place where history becomes something you can touch, build, and sail. Experience the history that’s written in boats, reconnecting with the physical world and preserving traditions and skills that have survived through the ages.
Pratt Fine Arts Center
JOIN US Saturday, September 24 for Pratt’s Open House: Experience folklife forms like blacksmithing/forging, small-scale jewelry forging, and a molten bronze pour; wood-working, glass blowing, and studio arts. Pratt welcomes artists working in glass, sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, drawing and printmaking.
Seattle Theater Group
STG enriches, inspires, challenges, and expands our world through the arts.

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Posted by Sheila. Questions about Friend of Folklife and Northwest Folklife giving programs? Call 206/233 3953 or write sheila @ nwfolklife.org

Join Us for a Song and a Beer

2015 Festival Crowd. Photo by Piper Hanson.

2015 Festival Crowd. Photo by Piper Hanson.

This year at Folklife, join us for a pub sing along in the Fisher Green Beer Garden all four days of the Festival! Special guests will lead a themed sing-a-long as part of our Cultural Focus “The Power of the Human Voice through Song.”

On Friday catch “Fields Under Clover” from 4:00pm – 5:00pm singing Irish Pub Songs, tunes, and more. Saturday John Bartlett and Rika Rubesaat will be leading “Salty Songs and Shanties” from 4:15pm – 5:15pm. Don’t miss Bruce Baker, David Perasso, and Wendy Joseph singing at the beer garden on Sunday from 4:15pm – 5:15. And finally David Perasso and David Kessler will be closing out with “The Last Pub Sing” on Monday from 4:30 pm – 5:30pm.

Each beer garden will be serving Bonterra Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. As well as a wide selection of beer including: Trumer Pilsner, Bridgeport Brewing IPA, Blue Moon Belgian White, Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Fremont Summer Ale, and Crispin Cider.

Click here to RSVP for these events by creating your own personal schedule online!

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Submitted by Lauren DiRe

Apply Now to Perform at the 2016 Folklife Festival

Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors to participate in the 45th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, which will take place May 27-30, 2016, 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 and traditions!

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.Folklife 2014 - Monday

If you need a paper version of our performer application, please email us at programming at nwfolklife.org.

Interested in how we select bands and performance groups? Click here to read our Programming FAQ.

Still have questions? Email our programming team now.

 

 

Q&A with Grace Love of Grace Love and the True Loves

Northwest Folklife feels honored to have Grace Love and the True Loves perform at the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival. She is blowing up this year, performing at not only Folklife, but Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, and Bumbershoot!

We recently had the chance to have a little chat with Grace Love herself about herself, her sound, and the True Loves.

NWFL:  Are you originally from Seattle? If so, which neighborhood?

GL: I am not- I was born in Memphis, TN and raised in the lovely city of Tacoma, WA. 

NWFL: How did the True Loves come to be, and where did the name come from?

GL: I was doing a solo project for a while and the guitarist, bassist, and drummer has a jam going and invited me to sit in. I obligied, and the rest is the story unfolding in front of everyone. I’m not sure where the name True Loves came from I think it was a play on my name and getting as vintage as we could. 

NWFL: How long have you been interested in/singing and performing soul music? Does it predate the formation of the band?

GL: I have been in the arts all of my life- I didn’t pursue it until I was about 19, my mother passes and I thought life is too short to do the things you don’t want to do. I never thought I could have a full backing band, when it began to form I just let it flow.

NWFL: How would you describe your sound to people who have never listened to you before?

GL: I say original Seattle Soul most people nod as if they get it. Then I just say come out and listen to the band.

NWFL: Why did you choose to release your singles, and eventually your album, on vinyl?

GL: Because it holds true to originality- we aren’t like other groups and also the sound is by far the best and it’s a bucket list for a lot of us in the group. 

NWFL: How does it feel to be playing Northwest Folklife Festival, Timber, and Bumbershoot all in the same year, before your album is even out?

GL: I personally feel blessed, and humbled, to those who know me, know I have been working hard at it for a very long time. It’s going to be an amazing story to tell in years to come. 

NWFL: What can we expect to see during your performance at Folklife?

GL: Soul drenched and pure heart warming emotions and lost of laughing and dancing. 

8.     If you could perform alongside anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?

GL: As hard as that question is probably Ray Charles- he’s my go to when I need a change in my spirit!

She will be performing Saturday May, 23 at Northwest Folklife Festival, from 7:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m. at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre. You can check out her other upcoming tour dates on her Facebook page, or website at www.graceloveandthetrueloves.com.

Show Your Love for Folklife! Give Today

Make the Magic Happen! How to Support the Festival

Show Your Love for Folklife! Give Today

The community-powered Northwest Folklife Festival is only days away. See you there?  There is no admission charge thanks to your donations. Supporting the Festival is as easy as 1-2-3-4!

  1. Friend of Folklife donors support Northwest Folklife all year with their gifts of $50 and over. We have great news! New Friends of Folklife will have their gift matched by a generous and visionary donor! Please stop by a Donation & Information Station to become a Friend of Folklife.
  2. Extend your gift at a performance featuring a ‘pitch,’ where all gifts are matched. The ‘pitch’ schedule is available at every Donation & Information Station.
  3. ‘Text to Give’ $10. Text the keyword ‘FOLK’ and your email address to 20222.* Kindly finalize your donation by texting ‘yes’ to your carrier’s confirmation.
  4. Drop cash in a donation box at the Festival.

Check out the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival schedule online or in this ‘flipbook’ format of the Festival Guide. Here is information about getting to the Seattle Center, with links to public transportation. Check out the Northwest Folklife Blog to get in the spirit. And, sign up for the Northwest Folklife E-News.

Here’s to Beats, Rhymes & Rhythms. See you soon!

Cheers

* Details on ‘Text to Give’: A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Donor must be age 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder (e.g. parents). By texting YES, the user confirms the donation and agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the “Northwest Folklife” by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Message & data rates may apply. Text HELP to 20222 for help. Please provide your email address to stay in touch.

Muckleshoot Canoe Family In the “Welcome to Our Native Land Coastal Cultures Day Celebration!”

Folklife 2014 - MondayThe Muckleshoot Canoe Family will be in a major new Welcome to Our Native Land (WONL) Coastal Cultures Day celebration event as part of this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival. One of Muckleshoot’s canoes will be displayed near the John T. Williams Totem Pole during the day on May 24th. The WONL Group Committee who are organizing this Coastal Celebration and one day powwow collaboratively with NW Folklife, hold up “Hands of Thanks” to the Muckleshoot Tribe for actively supporting these Native community cultural and arts events in the Center of Seattle. Special thanks are extended for receiving a Muckleshoot Charitable Fund award in 2014 that lead to the establishment of the First Annual WONL Powwow.

Welcome to Our Native Land Group has been openly welcomed by Northwest Folklife staff and board directors to increase a significant Native cultural and arts presence. Both want to invite and bring in numerous Pacific Northwest Tribal peoples to share, interweave learning, and offer a place for engagement. WONL Group members hold a vision to build a core Native presence at this longtime and large festival that can grow respect of artistic forms, bridge, heal and establish new relationships, deepen cultural awareness, and offer protocol-based practices for Honoring inter-tribal peoples and celebration practices in this region. The WONL Group’s aim is to establish, promote, cultivate, and strengthen connective community inter-linkages. With this festival and central location where it happens, it opens up opportunities for “Native Communities of Culture” to engage in culturally focused art forms created through a Native-led lens.

Folklife 2014 - Monday

Folklife 2014 – Monday

Forming in 2013, the WONL Group Committee started working with NW Folklife production people to choose the Space Needle Green grassy area near the John T. Williams Totem Pole. Everyone felt this location offers excellent public visibility near the Monorail, Space Needle, Experience Music Project Museum, 5th Avenue and Broad Street traffic areas. Everything is free and open to everyone. A Coastal Welcoming is scheduled to begin each day. Tipis and Coastal Canoes are on the grounds. Invited demonstration artists will show carving, painting, designing, beadwork, jewelry, cradle board making, basket weaving, regalia making, and other cultural arts practices. Local cultural leaders will be a part of and facilitate Coastal Day and Powwow songs, dances, specials, honorings, and celebration activities. Elders have an area near the circle and people are welcome to stay for the day. Coastal Day has jamming, storytelling, dances, and songs. Before powwow grand entry, Native folk style music, hip hop, and youth dancers are scheduled. After Grand Entry, WONL Committee Specials, category, round, “Wanna Be” dances, and inter-tribals will invite dancers into the circle supported by invited drums. Hosts are Southern Express, Tac Town, Little Battle and Spear Fish.

Of special note is a Memorial Day Native community led Ceremony will be held on the Mural Amphitheatre Stage near the Armory. All Veterans will be honored. At the WONL Powwow Grand Entry, the Intertribal Warriors Society has been invited to carry in the flags. Veterans will be honored in the powwow circle too. Everyone and all Veterans are invited!

The Northwest Folklife Festival draws over 250,000 people annually to Seattle Center. It is held for 4 days starting at 11:00 am on Friday, May 22nd and ends at 9:00 pm on Monday, May 25, 2015. The entire area of Seattle Center is used by Folklife for outside and indoor staging locations. More than 5,000 performers and hundreds of vendors offer cultural exchange, learning scenarios, engaging activities, and exposure to numerous participants. While creating a festival place for cultural heritage and community-driven presentations, the Festival grows interactive, cultural and artistic experiences for all ages, backgrounds and interests. Following a vision “By strengthening cultural communities through arts & culture, Northwest Folklife creates opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest.” As Native community people work with NWFL to establish and create artistic interchange and exchange in this festival setting, it can begin to bridge, connect, build, and sustain relationships. Beneficial outcomes stand to result, especially for Native people.

Important to WONL Committee members is developing ways to engage Native youth, families, elders, artists, cultural people, tribes, and urban-based Native organizations to become part of Seattle-centered activities in different ways. It means establishing Native cultural programming done by Native community people. Now strengthened success is showing up with enthusiastic agreement by everyone involved to implement “Welcome to Our Native Land” Coastal and Powwow Celebrations every year at the Northwest Folklife Festival! Everyone is invited to come!

 

Article contributed by Kim Camara

Call to Fiber Artists

 

Fiber ArtThis is a call for fiber artists to participate in the 2015 Fiber Art Flash Mob. It will be held during the Northwest Folklife Festival over Memorial Day Weekend at the Seattle Center – May 22-25, 2015.

The plan is for a wide diversity of fiber artists to bring and work on their fiber art as a flash mob.  This is a sedentary flash mob – if you sit when you are doing fiber art you will sit for this flash mob.  So bring a chair or blanket.

Northwest Folklife is having a Fiber Art Demo venue again this year. The days for this will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday – May 23, 24, 25. You can sign up for a four hour shift — it’s a great way to promote and inform the public about your work.

Please share this information with other fiber artists. We had a great time last year and look forward to more mobbers this year.  For more information, find us on Facebook here.

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