Cultural Focus

Northwest Folklife’s Cultural Focus Program Through the Years

Northwest Folklife has a long history of exploring a topic in depth at the annual Northwest Folklife Festival. For over a decade we have presented what we call the Cultural Focus, a “festival within a festival” that features a Pacific Northwest community through special performances, panels, workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, and activities.

Festal Turns 20
The Power of the Human Voice through Song
Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches
2014 India and its People
2013 Washington Works
2012 The Next Fifty: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Seattle Center and Its Legacy
2011 Northwest Stories / Bulgarian Community Celebration
2010 Northwest Folklife is Community!
Thirteen groups that have become important to the Festival over the past 39 years (African American Gospel, All Ages, Bluegrass, Croatian, Filipino, FolkFloor Volunteers, Hungarian, Indian Dance, Jewish, New Old-Time, Northwest Folk Dancers, Inc., Ukrainian, Washington State Fiddle & Dance)
2009 The Centennial Celebration of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909-2009
2008 Urban Indians
Native Americans Living off the Reservation
2007 Borderlands
An exploration of the communities that lie on either side of the International Boundary between Washington State and British Columbia
2006 Arab Communities of the Pacific Northwest
2005 Generation to Generation: Passing on our Traditions
Masters artists and apprentices from Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
2004 Traditions from the Horn of Africa
Communities from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Djibouti
2003 East Meets West: Maritime Culture of the Atlantic Northeast and the Pacific Northwest
2002 East Meets West: Forest and Woodlands Culture of the Atlantic Northeast and the Pacific Northwest
2001 Han Madang: Korean American Communities of the Pacific Northwest
2000 Carnival Arts of the Caribbean
Folklife Festival 2017 People Artwork