Do you love glittering costumes and delicious food? BrasilFest is August 18!

High Spirits and Lively Movement Energize Seattle Center Festál BrasilFest

brasilWatch a demonstration of the elegant and powerful capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes and eat authentic food while learning about a remarkable and varied culture at Seattle Center Festál:  BrasilFest, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Pavilion rooftop.

BrasilFest celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot, exploring its African, Portuguese and indigenous roots through  classical guitar, Brazilian dances, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. This year, it recognizes its 15th annual festival with a visual art display, “History of 15 Years of BrasilFest,” representing the Brazilian culture, arts, and entertainment in Seattle.

Featured artists in 2013 include:  Onda Verde, Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, Fofinho, Samia and Friends, Eduardo Mendonça & Show Brazil!, Batucada Yemanjá, Dora Oliveira, SWOJO – Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, ChoroLoco, Grupo Amoroso, Capoeira FICA, and VamoLá.

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.

BrasilFest is produced by Brazil Center, Show Brazil Productions, Brazil Arts & Education and the Ethnic Heritage Council. For more information on BrasilFest, visit brasilfest.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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Indigenous Cultures Day Means Pow Wows, Skateboarding, Films & More

Seattle Center Festál Indigenous Cultures Day Highlights

Native Cultures from Across the Globe

 

Update! Download the festival program now!

Did you know?

Urban Indian was the Cultural Focus at the 2008 Northwest Folklife Festival.  Tracy Rector of Longhouse Media and Native Lens developed the relationship with Seattle Center to create the first Indigenous Cultures Day.  Tracy was a member of the Special Focus Urban Indian Focus Committee.  This resulted in the one day festival being held on August 21, 2010!

In 2011 Marc Taylor with the Seattle Indian Health Board took it on and he, SIHB team, and community members, have worked to attain official FESTAL status this year (2013).

Seattle Center Festál presents Indigenous Cultures Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, in Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre.icd

Explore and experience the rich traditions and contemporary influences of the world’s indigenous cultures through dance, live music, a mini powwow, native film festival, youth day at EMP Museum, arts and craft vendors and visual art demonstrations. This family-friendly event also offers skateboarding workshops, a native youth theater performance and an opportunity for children to make stencil art shirts for free.

Indigenous Cultures Day seeks to bring together people divided by cultural differences, personal prejudices and government policies by providing a basis for better cultural understanding. This year’s festival celebrates the many indigenous communities of Seattle. The Day’s entertainment touches on native cultures from across the globe – from African, Thai, Aztec, Haida, Hawaiian and South Pacific dance to Japanese Taiko drumming, Coast Salish storytelling and classical flute and acoustic guitar.

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.

Indigenous Cultures Day is produced in partnership Seattle Indian Health Board. Admission is free. For more information on Indigenous Cultures Day, visit Indigenous Cultures Day on Facebook. 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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Big Day at Seattle Center this Weekend!

Plan Ahead, Stick Around and Enjoy Saturday’s Festivities

seafairpiratesSaturday, July 27 presents a myriad of arts, sports, entertainment and family activities at Seattle Center. The events will generate street, garage and grounds congestion as well as lane and street closures. Please encourage Seattle Center visitors to plan ahead, map out available arrival and departure routes and expect heavier than usual traffic in and around the Center.

Seafair Torchlight Spectacular takes place, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., on the grounds. The Michelob ULTRA Seafair Torchlight Run, 6:30 p.m., closes streets along the run route beginning at 5:30 p.m. The run starts and ends at 2nd Ave. N. and Thomas St. The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade, 7:30 p.m., stages parade floats along Mercer St., closing the south two lanes to traffic, and along southbound 5th Ave. N. The parade route begins on Broad St. at the Space Needle turn-around and proceeds to 4th Ave. towards the downtown area. You’ll find more information about the Run and Parade routes at:  www.seafair.com.

Several additional events are planned in venues at Seattle Center. The Ultimate Fighting Championship takes place 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at KeyArena. Expected attendance is 9,000. Seattle Opera will conduct an orchestra dress rehearsal for Rheingold, part of The Ring Cycle, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., and 2,000 are expected. A production of The Gondoliers takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Bagley Wright Theatre. Intiman Theatre presents Trouble in Mind at 2 p.m. and Stu for Silverton at 8 p.m. at the Cornish Playhouse. The annual Seattle Center Movies at the Mural series opens at 9 p.m. (dusk) at Mural Amphitheatre with a screening of The Princess Bride.

All Seattle Center parking garages are open and accessible on Saturday. Visitors interested in avoiding periods of street congestion will find lots to do on the grounds. All visitor attractions, including Chihuly Garden and Glass, EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center and Seattle Children’s Museum, will maintain their regular Saturday hours. Visitors may also take advantage of Center amenities including the many fresh food offerings in Seattle Center Armory, and International Fountain will remain in service as one of the City’s many cooling centers.

For more information on Seattle Center events, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

 

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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Polish Festival is Back & Bigger Than Ever

Polish Festival at Seattle Center, Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 11am until 9pm

Come celebrate Polish culture and traditions with live performances of Polish folk groups, piano and jazz artists, modern dance, poster exhibit, workshops, food demos, children’s activities, participatory dance and more! Highlights include Folk Fashion Show with regionally inspired costumes from Poland. Food vendors will serve plenty of authentic delicious Polish food. The beer garden will be well stocked with a variety of imported Polish beer. Also available will be information about local Polish-American organizations and travel attractions to Poland. This year’s festival offers even more attractions than before and moves to a central location at the Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Rooftop

WHAT:    Polish Festival Seattle

WHEN:   Saturday, July 13, 2013, 11am- 9pm

WHERE:  Seattle Center (Armory & Fisher Rooftop), 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

WHO:    Polish-American community in the Pacific Northwest

Free Admission 

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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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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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Food trucks, Quiltmaking…And the World’s #1 Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band!

Seattle Center Festál: Festival Sundiata Presents Black Arts Fest

Seattle Center Festál:  Festival Sundiata Presents Black Arts Fest brings inspirational music, compelling art, spicy foods and other temptations to Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Pavilion, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., June 15, and 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., June 16.

Festival Sundiata explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-Americans through live performances, hands-on activities, fashion and worldly gifts. Festival-goers are invited to join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming rhythms and take in the richness of black culture during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment.

One of the leading Black Arts showcases on the West Coast, the Festival is named for legendary 13th century King Sundiata of West Africa’s Mali Empire. In 2013, it features:

  • Music:  Kalimba the World’s #1 Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band;
  • Food:  four of the top food trucks in the Seattle area, along with the Roasted Corn stand  – Jemil’s Creole Cuisine, Ezell’s, Best Chicken in the City, Papa Bois, Caribbean Menu and HP’s Smoke House BBQ, where the meat is falling off the bone;
  • Ongoing entertainment on four stages:  Armory, Mural Amphitheatre, Fisher rooftop and Armory West, which will concentrate on younger festival visitors;
  • Art:  Black Arts Exhibit 2013. Marita Dingus returns with her popular Doll making;
  • Education:  The Amazing American History exhibit, Education Expo, and the Northwest Black Quilters, which teaches quilt making on Saturday;
  • Information:  Various causes and a host of non-profit organizations;
  • Shopping:  a great  line-up of vendors with one-of-a-kind gifts, clothes and confectionary goods;
  • Special Events:  The Show and Shine Car Show and 1,000 Black Fathers photo shoot  (Sunday at 2 p.m.).

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.

Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest is produced in partnership with Sundiata African-American Cultural Association. For more information on Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest, visit festivalsundiata.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.

 

Photo by Piper Hanson

Celebrate Your Traditions – Monday Highlights & Memorial Day Ceremony

 

Photo by Piper Hanson

Northwest Folklife opens the final day of the 2013 Festival with a special Memorial Day Ceremony on the Mural Stage. Please join us! Then continue to celebrate our Northwest traditions—and honor our history!

See full schedule at our website.

Memorial Day Flag Ceremony: Celebrating Memorial Day, the Flag Raising Ceremony will include words from Northwest Folklife, the Seattle Police Department Color Guard, the West Seattle Cub Scout Pack 828, and music from Calum McKinnon &the Northwest Scottish Fiddlers, with bagpiper Jori Chisholm.
Monday, May 27 at 11:00am at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.

Kindiependent: Get ready to rock your onesie socks off! This wildly popular show is supposedly for youngsters, but don’t be surprised to see some in-the-know hipsters there too. Featuring the musical stylings of Harmonica Pocket, The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs, and (new this year!) Cat Doorman. Sponsored by ParentMap.
Monday, May 27 from 11:00am-2:30pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

American Standard Time Showcase: Some of the best names in roots music (and a little bit of gospel!) will hit the stage during this Indie Roots showcase, brought to you by BECU, and hosted by KEXP’s Roadhouse radio presenter Greg Vandy. The lineup includes The Sojourners, The Sumner Brothers, Crow Quill Night Owls and The Slide Brothers. Sponsored by alt-country authority No Depression.
Monday, May 27 from 3:30-6:10pm on the KBCS Fisher Green Stage.

IWW Little Red Songbook: Enflaming the Fans of Discontent: This year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Help us wind up the weekend with a soul-stirring sing-a-long from the Industrial Workers of the World’s Little Red Songbook. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Monday, May 27 from 5:00-6:00pm at the Narrative Stage at SIFF Cinema.

Ver(A)rt Gallery Closing Reception: Toast the young artists who contributed to this weekend’s gallery show “When Your Work Speaks for Itself, Don’t Interrupt: Perspectives on Working.”
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Bring it, Screen it at The VERA Project

Bring your t-shirt, tote bag, whatever, to The VERA Project anytime this weekend and have their talented screenprinters adorn it with this adorable limited-edition design!

Screenprinting is free, but they are asking for a small donation to help cover their costs.

The VERA Project is located in the Alki Court, near the SIFF Cinema.

See you there! And thanks VERA!

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The Greatest Show of Talent in the Northwest! Check Out These Sunday Highlights

 

Josie Dunn (right) with unknown woman. Photo courtesy of Washington Women in Trades.

The Northwest Folklife Festival is a celebration of how we keep our traditions alive in our region. Check out these amazing artists–these are your friends and neighbors up on those stages!

Tell us who you know that is performing in the Festival on our Facebook page! See full schedule at our website.

Here are some great things to see today:

– Country Swing Dance: We dare you to not join in after feeling the energy of this swingin’ cowboy soiree, back by popular demand after a long hiatus from the Folklife roster of dances.
Sunday, May 26 from 1:00-3:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse.

– Rockabilly Round-Up: We’re bringing back the rockabilly and vintage country styles of the 50s to sweeten your Sunday afternoon. Join The Roy Kay Trio, The Black Crabs and The Honky Tonk Sweethearts for the Rockabilly Round-Up. Don’t forget your bowling shirt and dancin’ creepers!
Sunday, May 26 from 1:00–3:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

– Puget Sound Rosies: Riveting HistoryThis year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Join us for a fascinating panel discussion with some of the women who went to work in Washington shipyards during WWII. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Sunday, May 26 at 2:00pm in the Olympic Room.

– Gaelic Crankie Show: Artist and musician Su Truman revives and reinterprets a beloved Appalachian tradition. Half movie, half handmade folk art, crankies are animated drawings and papercuts on cloth “reels,” hand-cranked for movement, and presented with traditional Gaelic music accompaniment. Sounds amazing, right?
Sunday, May 26 from 3:00-4:00pm, Center House Theatre.

– 206Zulu Jam featuring Junior Breakdance Competition and Hip-Hop Showcase: See youth from local b-boy/b-girl classes showcase their dancing in a one-on-one competition. Featuring danceable music for everyone by DJ Cues & DJ Zeta Barber, with special guest performance by artist Fleeta Partee. All b-boys & b-girls are invited to come support the next generation of dancers & participate in open circles!
Sunday, May 26 from 3:00-6:00pm at The VERA Project.

– Giddy Up! Country Roots*New!* Bring your spurs and whiskey to the Indie Roots Giddy Up showcase featuring the best of local country: Country Lips, Ganges River Band, Annie Ford Band and Ole Tinder. Yee-haw! Sponsored by BECU.
Sunday, May 26 from 6:30-9:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

– Vamos!: A Latin Dance Party: *New!* Save some energy on Sunday to join the rhythms of The Cumbieros, Cambalache, and SuperSones. That’s not enough? Parade in with VamoLá! Brazilian Drum & Dance Ensemble!
Sunday, May 26 from 6:45-10:00pm at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheater.

– You Can’t Fake Fresh—Northwest Live-Band Hip Hop: *New!* The name says it all! Featuring Global Heat, The Sharp Five, Eastern Sunz and Irukandji Physics of Fusion.
Sunday, May 26 from 7:00-10:00pm in the EMP Sky Church.

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The Secret to the Best Festival Ever? Participate in Some of These Saturday Picks!

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Tell us how you are going to participate on our Facebook page! See full schedule at our website.

– English Country Dance: Downton Abbey comes to Folklife! Channel your favorite Jane Austin character…no corsets required!
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-2:00pm in Warren’s Roadhouse.

– Hey, Hendrix—Jimi Hendrix Tribute: Local musicians pay homage to one of the Northwest’s favorite sons. Jimi Hendrix took the blues to a place it had never been before, but the roots of that music were always an important element. This showcase honors the music of Hendrix as well as the important musicians that came before him. Presented in partnership with the EMP, whose “I Hear My Train A-Coming” exhibit is currently on display. Sponsored by the Washington Blues Society.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-4:00pm in the EMP Sky Church.

– World Dance Party: This popular community event has taken place all over Seattle, and it is a natural addition to Folklife—after all, the World Dance Party embodies all of what makes Folklife great: people of all ages, young and old, from all ethnicities, coming together to dance and feel good! Be a part of the movement.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Armory.

– Team Up for Non-Profits Showcase: *New!* We are delighted to welcome aboard Team Up for their first year as co-presenters of Indie Roots artists. In partnership with Artist Home (producers of the Doe Bay fest) and with sponsorship by BECU, Team Up has curated a showcase of the best up-and-coming indie bands of the Northwest. Don’t know them yet? You will. Featuring Shelby Earl, Song Sparrow Research, Bradford Loomis and St. Paul de Vence.
Saturday, May 25 from 1:00-4:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

– Bushwick Book Club Seattle Presents Original Music Inspired by the Wizard of Oz: If you haven’t experienced the latest trend in musical folk art, check out this showcase to enjoy the pages of L. Frank Baum’s novel brought to life with glorious original music. But don’t expect Judy Garland impersonations—we said original music!
Saturday, May 25 from 1:30-3:00pm in the Folklife Café.

– Sleeping in Seattle: A Bed Making Contest: This year’s Festival “theme” is all about work! Think you know bed making? Let the housekeeping union show you how it’s done. See the full schedule of Washington Works talks, demonstrations, storytelling, art exhibits, film screenings and more at our website, nwfolklife.org/festival.
Saturday, May 25 at 2:00pm in the Olympic Room.

– The Arab Show: This tour of the Middle East with eclectic music and dance. Groups Fathia and Les Troubadour play French Arabic music, and House of Tarab revive the vintage classics of Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Duo Maurice Rouman plays the oud with Waseem Sbait on darbuka. And experience the traditional Arab dabke folk dance, presented here with Lebanese and Palestinian variations.
Saturday, May 25 from 3:00-6:00 at the International Dance Stage in the Ex Hall.

– Balkan Misfits Show: Sometimes it’s the old favorites that keep ‘em coming back! If you’ve never checked out this beloved showcase, make this the year. Experience the bad boys of Balkan brass, including Erev Rav, Bucharest Drinking Team, Orkestar Zirkonium and Chervona.
Saturday, May 25 from 6:00-9:00pm on the Fountain Lawn Stage.

– The Soul of Seattle: Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme (recently seen rocking Bumbershoot stages), join Soul Senate, Kissing Potion, The Braxmatics and Little Big Band for this popular dance party that both closes out and brings to a climax Saturday’s programming. Sponsored by Seattle Pipeline.
Saturday, May 25 from 7:00-10:00pm at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.

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Many Ways to Get to Northwest Folklife this Year

In this time of amazing road construction (and sadly, destruction), please help us to help people find their way to Northwest Folklife this weekend. The Festival is offering several creative means of alternative transportation, and alternative road routes will help festival-goers to avoid road snarl-ups.

The Mercer West Corridor Project is underway, and drivers will find road changes in the Seattle Center vicinity. While these do not affect access to Seattle Center from I-5, lane and exit closures do impact on routes that lead away from the Center – and to the Center from SR-99.  Eastbound Mercer St. from 4th Ave N. to Dexter Ave. is reduced to the two south lanes, and the north sidewalk is closed. The SR-99 northbound exit at Mercer St. and the southbound exit at Broad St. are closed permanently. Eastbound Broad St. has re-opened to provide visitors leaving the Center a quick connection to I-5.

Seattle Center and Northwest Folklife have worked together to make sure festival-goers have many transportation options:

Driving to the Festival:   Please check the SDOT and WSDOT websites for more information and updates on road construction. Seattle Center also provides transportation updates at www.seattlecenter.com.

Parking at Seattle Center:  Seattle Center provides three parking garages, at 5th Ave. N., between Harrison and Republican, at 1st Ave. N. between John and Thomas streets, and in the Mercer Garage, between 3rd and 4th avenues. In addition, there are several paid lots within a three block radius of Seattle Center.

Disabled parking:  All lots around Seattle Center have designated disabled parking spots. Visitors should check with a parking attendant if all the available spaces are full. There are also designated spots on 2nd Ave. N. just south of Thomas St. and on Warren Ave. just south of Mercer St.

New! Ride Sharing Options:  This year Northwest Folklife is partnering with RideAmigos to bring festival-goers an easy tool for posting and finding carpooling options. Save money, save gas, and make friends, all while reducing congestion on the road to Folklife. The festival also has a special deal with car2go. Read all about it here!

King Country Metro Folklife Shuttle:  Festival-goers may save time, save money, and have a more enjoyable ride to and from this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival when they ride the King County Metro Folklife Shuttle from Northgate! Click here to read more.

Seattle Center Monorail:  The Seattle Monorail goes directly to Seattle Center from Downtown. The Monorail 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. In 2012, the Monorail trains carried 50,000 passengers to and from the festival.

Arrival by bike:  There is a large bike corral located at the Harrison St. entrance hosted by Bike Works! Riders may also stop by their booth to learn more about community bike programs, get a quick tune-up or donate your old bicycles, miscellaneous parts, and accessories/gear! The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Bicycling Guide Map includes bike routes to Seattle Center. Visitors may also use a Google Interactive Directions Map to plan a custom route by bike.

Festival Hours:  Festival programming begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 10 p.m. from Friday until Sunday. The Festival runs from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday. Food vendor hours may vary.