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Iranian Americans Got Talent: Festival Has Guests From LA to BC

Seattle Center Festál Iranian Festival Presents Celebrated Guest Artists from Los Angeles to Vancouver, BC

Seattle Center Festál presents Iranian Festival, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, June 29, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots and  significant influences of Iran throughout the history of civilization through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a marketplace.

Rumi poetry, puppet shows and face painting will provide a glimpse into this culturally opulent culture. The festival’s featured guest, Ali Rouhfar, a Persian Calligraphy artist, will exhibit some of his pieces and introduce this unique Persian writing to the general public by demonstrating the techniques he applies to create such masterpieces.

The 2013 Iranian Festival also features:

  • Traditional Persian tea house
  • Bazaar featuring ethnic goods, art and more
  • Renowned Vancouver, BC musician Amir Haghighi
  • Louisa Shafia, chef and author of “The New Persian Kitchen”
  • Meghan Sayers, author of “Love and Pomegranates”
  • Los Angeles based comedian Tehran “SoParvaz” Von Ghasri
  • Iranian Americans Got Talent – Top five contestants will perform at the festival and the professional judges will pick the top three.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Iranian Festival is produced in partnership with Iranaian American Community Alliance. For more information on Iranian Festival, visit www.iaca-seattle.org.  Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

 

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

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Northwest String Summit Launch Party feat. POLECAT and more

For the past 12 years, nestled away in a “land of enchantment” known as Horning’s Hideout, thousands of fans have flocked to the largest String Festival in the NW – Northwest String Summit. (For more info, visit: http://www.stringsummit.com)

Join the fun at NECTAR LOUNGE on Saturday, July 6th for the NORTHWEST STRING SUMMIT SEATTLE LAUNCH PARTY and premiere screening of NWSS Documentary “Turn Left at the Peacock” as we celebrate and gear up for this magical annual event that keeps bluegrass, newgrass, and jamgrass fanatics returning year, after year, after year.

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Saturday, July 6th

Nectar and The PBJ Present:
NW STRING SUMMIT LAUNCH PARTY

and Premiere Screening of NWSS Documentary “Turn Left at the Peacock”

musical performances by:
POLECAT
The Giraffe Dodgers feat ALLIE KRAL

Betty and the Boy

$7adv / $10dos

Click HERE for more info, or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/142621619259968/

tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3622204&pl=nectarlounge

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POLECAT

Bellingham, WA (Stomp-Grass / Americana / Rock)

www.polecatmusic.com

New album “Fathoms” hype from What’s Up Magazine:

http://www.whatsup-magazine.com/2013/05/polecat-new-fathoms-album-released-this-month/

BIO:

Formed in Bellingham, Washington in March 2010, Polecat has quickly established itself throughout the West, with three records and over 300 shows in three years. Their unique instrumentation is comprised of Karl Olson (drums), Jeremy Elliott (electric guitar and vocals), Aaron Guest (vocals and 12-string guitar), Cayley Schmid (fiddle), and Richard Reeves (upright bass). This enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, and world music into their sound. “The core audience of Polecat is, well, everybody. There is a sense of mass appeal attached to Polecat for it’s unique take on bluegrass, as well as an acknowledged respect for their honest approach to their genre” (H. Nightbert, What’s Up! Magazine, June 2010).

Aside from their self-titled E.P. and full length albums ‘Fire on the Hill’ and ‘Fathoms’, one of the best aspects of Polecat is their live show. Their music celebrates life, love, and good times, and it reflects on the faces of the players and their audience. Polecat has shared the stage with several nationally acclaimed acts, including The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, The Hackensaw Boys, The Moondoogies, Fruition and Trampled by Turtles.

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The Giraffe Dodgers w/ Allie Kral (of CORNMEAL)

Portland, OR (Newgrass/ Progressive Bluegrass)

https://www.facebook.com/giraffedodgers?fref=ts

BIO:

Born on a steamy summer night in Portland, OR in 2011, The Giraffe Dodgers came together with the goal to progress the acoustic music we all know and love into a hybrid of bluegrass, funk, jazz and folk. Mandolin player Ben Larsen and guitarist Austin Moore began playing music together in 2006.

Over the past few years they have grown together musically in a number of setting culminating with the Giraffes, their most recent project. Bass wizard Rowan Cobb expressed interest in working with the two early in 2011 and after a few exciting jams, drums were on the mind. Drummer Forest Carter, known for his tasty fills and impeccable good looks was the obvious first choice and thus the Giraffe Dodgers were born.

The Giraffe Dodgers music focuses on instrumental newgrass (a term coined by Sam Bush and Bela Fleck in the Newgrass Revival), the song writing of Ben Larsen, and the instrumental composition of Austin Moore. They also play a range of covers from the likes of Paul Simon to traditional melodies arranged for an electric style band. The Giraffe Dodgers are sure to get your feet moving, your heart warming and your face smiling!

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Allie Kral
Portland, OR (Bluegrass / Jamgrass Fiddle)

http://www.cornmealinthekitchen.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allie-Kral/187862124576639?fref=ts

BIO:

Best known and revered as the fiddler for the jamgrass band Cornmeal – Allie has also shared the stage with the likes of: Moe., Tea Leaf Green, Railroad Earth, Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd, Great American Taxi, Hot Buttered Rum, Trampled By Turtles, Green Mountain Grass, New Monsoon, Leftover Salmon, among many others!

Most recently, Allie has teamed up with The Giraffe Dodgers to bring even more energy, enthusiasm, virtuosity and smiles to an already explosive newgrass outfit…

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Betty and the Boy

Eugene, OR (Folk / Minimalist / Acoustic)

www.bettyandtheboy.com

BIO:

Betty and the Boy originally started as a modest duo with a solid belief in performing original music compositions. Meeting in a small town in Montana and relocating their music to Eugene, Oregon, Bettreena Jaeger and Josh Harvey combine their contrary influences to write and perform their minimalistic melodies on street corners and stages across the Northwest.

With banjo, guitar, mandolin and a variety of other sounds played by new friends living in the Eugene area (Jon Conlon on bass, Michelle Whitlock on violin and Nanci McDonald on cello), these songsters will steal your heart with memorable and haunting ballads about love and loss. Spare, meditative, and poetic, their songs scintillate with grit. Betty and the Boy have given voice to the quirky edges of youth, honing ragged emotion into their artful and spunky new tunes.

 

 

 

 

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They aren’t kidding! OUTSTANDING lineup planned for KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural

OUTSTANDING LINE-UP planned for KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural

KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural returns in August with four nights of live concerts featuring some of the region’s best indie music, along with some noted national artists, free-of-charge, starting at 5:30 p.m., Fridays, Aug. 2 – 23, at Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center.

Now in its 6th year, the Friday evening concerts continue the KEXP and Seattle Center tradition of starting the summer weekends off with a blast of engaging, all-ages culture.

The 2013 Line-up:

Friday, Aug. 2 – No Depression Night

JD McPherson

Rose Windows

River Giant

Friday, Aug. 9

Cloud Cult

Deep Sea Diver

Chastity Belt

Friday, Aug. 16

Mudhoney

The Grizzled Mighty

Dude York

Friday, Aug. 23 – Decibel Festival Night

Lusine

Natasha Kmeto

Vox Mod

 

KEXP and Seattle Center share a commitment to innovative and culturally diverse programming. The outdoors concert series offers a blend of musical styles for Seattle Center neighbors, downtown workers, music lovers and families. Seattle Center contributes the concert space, sound, lighting, and technical and event expertise. KEXP provides the “music that matters.”

Seating for Concerts at the Mural is on a first-come basis. Folding chairs and blankets are allowed. Large coolers/ice chest, umbrellas, pets, video, and audio recorders are not allowed. A beer garden begins at 5 p.m. for people 21 years of age and older with a valid ID, and fresh foods will be available on-site. In addition, Seattle Center Armory food merchants will be open for food and drink.

Support for KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural is provided by Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, Vulcan, Inc.– A Paul G. Allen Company, Whole Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Clif Bar, Hotel Max, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, 4Culture, and the City of Seattle.

The 2013 concert series is subject to change. For concert updates as well as information on other public programming at KEXP and Seattle Center, visit www.KEXP.org or www.seattlecenter.com.

 

About Seattle Center

Seattle Center serves as an extraordinary arts, civic and family gathering place in the core of our region. The more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74-acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, offer nearly 5,000 events attracting 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.

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Summer at Dusty Strings Music School

Look what’s coming up at our pals’ Dusty Strings this season!

Contact 206-634-1662 for more information or go to www.dustystrings.com

 

Dusty Strings Neighborhood SING!

Every Wednesday from 12 noon – 1pm

Red Room

Led by Kate Power & Steve Einhorn

No instrument or experience needed. Come as you are.

This is a safe setting for song lovers, shy and bold,  who wish to sing in a voice-centered group setting. We sing in the oral tradition, as well as using songs on the page. If you have a group-friendly (easy) song you would like to share, please bring 20 copies.

Kate & Steve are the house band and accompany on guitars, banjos and ukuleles.

Suggested Donation: $5 (All Proceeds go to Solid Ground, “Building Community to End Poverty”

Dusty Strings Music School, 3406 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Contact (206) 634-1662 or www.dustystrings.com

 

Dusty Strings Family Open Mic

Unplugged, All Ages

Thursdays 6:30-8:30

July 11 through August 8 (if it’s popular, we’ll resume in September, so please show your support by showing up at the Open Mic!)

Red Room

Emcees, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn

Sign-ups at 6:00, One Song Per Turn

All Genres and Styles Welcome

Suggested Donation: $5 (All Proceeds go to Solid Ground, “Building Community to End Poverty”)

Dusty Strings Music School, 3406 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Contact (206) 634-1662 or www.dustystrings.com

 

Dusty Strings Free 4 All

A free monthly series…

3rd Sundays ~ 1:00-2:00PM

June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15

Learn to Play Uke! with Steve Einhorn (ukes to lend)

Hammered Dulcimer Introduction with Rick Fogel

Folk Harp Introduction with Molly Bauckham

Bodhran: Intro to the Irish Drum with Kate Power

A fun hour of musician introduction that could change your life.

No experience or instruments needed.

Free!

Dusty Strings Music School, 3406 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Contact (206) 634-1662 or www.dustystrings.com

 

Dusty Strings Music for Kids

Summer Kid Classes & Camps

Jam with the Composers – Ages 5-8

Contemporary Recorder 1 for Kids – Ages 8 – 13

Music for Everyone – Ages 2 – 5

Music Together – Ages 6 months to 4

Uke Sprouts for Kids – Ages 7-10

Build A Band – Ages 5 -12

Guitar Girl Songwriting Camp – Ages 11 – 15

Private Lessons available for Kids – Ages 4 & up

Dusty Strings Music School, 3406 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Contact (206) 634-1662 or www.dustystrings.com

 

Dusty Strings Jams

Neighborhood Sing! Every Wednesday 12-1

Old Time Jam – 2nd Sundays 1:30-3:30

Ukulele Jam – 3rd Sundays 2:30 – 4:00

Bluegrass Jam – 4th Saturdays 3:30-5:30

$5 Suggested Donation goes to Jam Leader

Dusty Strings Music School, 3406 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Contact (206) 634-1662 or www.dustystrings.com

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Bluegrass & Jams at the Nectar Lounge

Check out all these bluegrass / folk / acoustic shows coming up at Nectar Lounge (412 N 36th St Seattle, WA).

INCLUDING their FIRST EVER OPEN ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION!!

 

6/12 PATIO PICKIN’ TIME - a summertime acoustic jam. Bring acoustic instruments. Happy Hour 7-9. Jam out on the patio. Or just share in the groove. NO COVER
https://www.facebook.com/events/434514529977401/

 

6/13 Arthur Lee Land (acoustic looper – really cool) w/ Oly Mountain Boys, Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals

https://www.facebook.com/events/432332513510304/
6/14 Blake Noble w/ Cody Beebe & Tim Snider plus World’s Finest, Heels To The Hardwood (Tim Snider on fiddle, and World’s Finest is a NewGrass band)
https://www.facebook.com/events/173414216150020/?ref=3
6/21-6/23 NECTAR PROUDLY PRESENTS MUSIC LINEUP FOR FREMONT FAIR (yup – there’s some bluegrass here, and plenty more, too!)
http://www.fremontfair.org/music.html
6/27 Sugarcane w/ Blackberry Bushes
https://www.facebook.com/events/446040308821608/
7/6 NW String Summit Launch Party feat Polecat w/ The Giraffe Dodgers & Allie Kral
https://www.facebook.com/events/142621619259968/

8/11 MCDOUGALL w/ The Bottlecap Boys
https://www.facebook.com/events/381970128575739/

 

8/21 GOOD GRAVY w/ WATER TOWER

https://www.facebook.com/events/466171953467740

8/22 Bluegrass on the Green Launch Party feat WINDY HILL w/ North Country Bluegrass Band, Geoffrey Castle

https://www.facebook.com/events/562857483758488/

 

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Northwest Folklife Night at Safeco Field

Join us on Tuesday, August 6 at 7:10pm

Mariners vs. Blue Jays

Join the Seattle Mariners for the first Northwest Folklife Night at Safeco Field! Special discounted group seating has been reserved and is available for you to purchase online. This will be a great night with friends both new and old–and hopefully a new tradition for Folklife!
To order 20 or more tickets, or if you require wheelchair seating, please contact Elizabeth McCloskey at 206.346.4519 or emccloskey@mariners.com

Pricing:
• $14 View Reserved
• $30 Main Level

FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
1. Click here or visit www.mariners.com/Folklife
2. Select “Buy Tickets” then enter Folklife as your Special Offer Code.
3. Purchase and print your tickets instantly.

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Cultural Dance Series at the Crossroads Mall

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Saturday of every month (through October), when we’ll be partnering with the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue to put on dances for all ages and abilities! Read more here and RSVP at our Facebook event page.

Once a month Folklife comes to the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue to host an open evening of music, dance, and merriment! Experience different types of folk music, learn a few dances steps, then spend the evening dancing with your family and friends! All ages and abilities are welcome. 

Every third Saturday from May to October, 7-9pm

Upcoming events:

-October 19: Dances of India
More info coming soon!

RSVP on Facebook!

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Join Us for the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival

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 on stories and personal histories from the workplace, in a multimedia program called Washington Works. Come hear the folklore of the labor movement, and stories of how jobs have changed over the years, through movies, storytelling, and historical presentations.

Here’s a few other highlights to look forward to:
-A Latin Dance Party with live dance bands!
-A new showcase focusing on traditional dance and music of Asia
-The return of the hugely popular Bollywood Showcase!
-Crowd-favorites Balkan Misfits Party and Monday night Reggae show
-The Tractor Tavern’s Urban Square Dance for beginners and expert dancers
-Indie Roots music across all our stages

We can’t guarantee the weather, but we can guarantee a great time with fantastic entertainment, food, family activities, shopping, beer gardens, and more.

This year we are pleased to feature artwork by Drew Christie and web design by Shaun Swick.

Look for the full schedule on our website, www.nwfolklife.org/festival.
RSVP on Facebook here>

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A Glimpse of China Past & Present on May 18

A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival

features Art, Culture, Music and Dance 

 

Seattle Center Festál presents A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, May 18, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods,  games, and a lively marketplace.

Learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.  This year’s festival presents:

  • Sunshine Modeling & Arts Studio;
  • Nortwest Wushu and Seattle Wushu Center;
  • Seattle Chinese Chorus and Seattle Kids Chorus;
  • Seattle Chinese Orchestra;
  • CHIME band;
  • Entertainment by the following academies and schools:  Zhenlum Cello Studio;
  • Hengda Dance Academy, Chinese Dance Academy, Chinese Wushu and Tai Chi Academy, Wudang International Martial Arts Academy, Northwest Chinese School, Melody Institute Chinese Children’s Dance.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival is produced in partnership with Washington Chinese Art Culture Committee. For more information on the festival, click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

 

About Seattle Center Festál

 

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

 

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Massive Monkees & More at the Asian-Pacific Islander Celebration

Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration Features Youth Drill Teams,

Taiko Drumming and Massive Monkees

Seattle Center Festál presents Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration, 11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, May 5, in Seattle Center Armory.  Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian and Pacific Islanders  through live music, visual arts and hands-on activities.

The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular youth drill teams, Taiko drumming, traditional music and dance, and artists from around the state.

In 2013, Asian-Pacific Islander Festival features a variety of entertainment groups including:   Massive Monkees, Filipino Youth Activities and Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Teams, Kaze Daiko, Cascade Kendo Kai, Kinnaly Music and Dance Troupe, Fraggle Rock Crew and the University of Washington Lambda Phi Epsilon Step Dancers.  The festival also presents art contest entries and displays by the Nisei Veterans Committee celebrating Filipino accomplishments.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration is produced in partnership with Asian-Pacific Directors Coalition. For more information on Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration, visit their website:  apiheritage.com.  or click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center.

 

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

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Seattle’s Cherry Blossom Festival–Off to Set a New World Record

One of Seattle’s most beloved traditions, the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival never fails to delight. And with highlights this year that include mathematical oddities, a record-breaking battle between an abacus and a super computer, and an underwater singer, this year sounds like it will be something special! See the full release below for more details.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

Focuses on Numbers, Underwater Photgraphy, Japanese Foods and More

 

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., April 26 – 28, in Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods,  games, and a lively marketplace.

The 38th annual Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival focuses on the theme of Numbers. Did you know that the name Google was adopted from the word Googol, which signifies the number digit one followed by 100 zeros? Do you know how many zeros a Nivenonagintillion contains? The Festival delves into these and other numeric fascinations. It also will attempt to create a new Guinness World Record involving a challenge between a Japanese Abacus device called Soroban and the Super Computer.

Additional Festival highlights:

  • TOHOKU Through the  Eyes of Japanese photography exhibit, sponsored by Japan Foundation;
  • U.S. premiere – Aquaphoto Concert by underwater photographer-singer, Hiroshi Takano of Osaka, Japan, sponsored by Japan Foundation;
  • Dance and music by the Nago Minori troupe of Okinawa, Japan;
  • Over 60 traditional arts and crafts;
  • Over 30 traditional performing arts / martial arts including Taiko Drummers;
  • Many child oriented hands-on activities including The Kid’s Passport;
  • Japanese foods including:  curry-rice (Japanese style curry), Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), Gyudon (beef bowl), Japanese hot dog, Bento-Box, Manju sweets and gourmet cookies;
  • Updates on the 2011 Erthquake/Tsunami recovery.

 

The Festival was founded in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is produced in partnership with Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee. For more information on the Festival, the Festal series and other public events at Seattle Center, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.

 

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

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C’est Bon! Seattle French Fest is March 24

Are you wondering what happened to the Bastille Day Festival? Well, it’s gotten bigger and better, and is now the Seattle French Fest, celebrating all things Francophone. Read on!

Oui à la Francophonie!
Seattle Center Festál: Seattle French Fest

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle French Fest:  A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, March 24, in Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the French way of life as it is lived throughout the world through performing and visual arts, hands-on activities, cars, and a lively marketplace.

This first annual Festál event features A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures to promote and raise awareness of Francophone cultures and traditions. Live music, theater and dance well as international food and wine add to the celebration of French culture and regional presence. This inaugural celebration of la Francophonie in Seattle, will feature many of the over 70 member states included in Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Performance highlights include:

Tahitian dance by Te Fare O Tamatoa, Louisiana Cajun music from Folichon, French-Canadian tunes and percussive dance by Podorythmie, gypsy jazz from Pearl Django, and traditional French language songs from around the world by the Alliance Française Choir and the Théâtre Français Choir.

Festival-goers are also invited to informational seminars on French fashion in Seattle with Seattle’s Fashion Incubator, the Canadian Métis in the Pacific Northwest with Robert Foxcurran, the Francophone world with University of Washington French and Italian Studies Chair Richard Watts, French politics with Deputy Consul General of France Corrine Pereira, and readings of French language poetry from around the world with Misa Bourdoiseau of Éducation Française Greater Seattle. Also on the schedule are performances by many of the area’s French language schools, traditional French dictation exercises for both beginner and intermediate levels organized by University of Washington French Studies students, and chef demos from around the French-speaking world.

Creative activites for children of all ages organized by the Alliance Française de Seattle and booths hosted by Biot-Tacoma Sister City Association, Canoe Island French Camp, Éducation Française Greater Seattle, the French American School of Puget Sound, the French Bilingual Association, the French Immersion School of Washington, Maison de France, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association, Théatre Français de Seattle, Vive la France and more will compliment these interactive performances and seminars.

Au menu in the international bistro festures:  Louisiana fried oyster po’boy sandwich, sandwich Parisian (ham baguette sandwich), bisque de tomate (creamy tomato soup), salade de crudités (trio of fresh salads) and Belgian moules frites (steamed mussels with fries).

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations in partnership with Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Seattle French Fest is produced in partnership with France Education Northwest under the auspices of the Consular Agency of France. For more information on Seattle French Fest, visit www.fenpnw.org. Click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200 to learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public events offered at Seattle Center.

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.