MAY 26-29, 2017 • MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND • SEATTLE CENTER

46th Annual Northwest Folklife

May 26 – 29, 2017

The Northwest Folklife Festival is the place to learn, to dance, to play, to try something new, and to discover arts and cultures that inspire celebration of one another and our big neighborhood. From yodeling to beatboxing, square dancing to Bollywood, – the Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the global traditions of local, independent artists.

Presenting more than 5,000 performers, the Festival draws from the 100+ cultural communities that Northwest Folklife collaborates with year-round. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. The Northwest Folklife Festival is our key annual event bringing up to 250,000 people over four days to the Seattle Center. In keeping our commitment to remove any economic barriers and ensure that everyone can experience and share in cultural traditions, the 46th annual Northwest Folklife is presented without admission charge, creating the most inclusive, wide reaching arts experience.

In keeping our commitment to remove any economic barriers and ensure that everyone can experience and share in cultural traditions, the 46th annual Northwest Folklife is presented without admission charge, creating the most inclusive, wide reaching arts experience. The suggested daily donation of $10/person and $20/family goes to cover production costs. Guests and participants are invited to participate in the ‘Count Me In’ campaign by making a donation to sustain the Northwest Folklife organization and Festival for this and future years.

What's New with Folklife?

Music as a Cultural Portal: An Interview with Mako & Munjuru

Mako & Munjuru, a musical ensemble playing traditional Okinawan music, will be joining us at this year’s 4th Annual Seattle Children’s Festival, where they will perform special pieces while teaching us about the Okinawan culture they know and love! Wearing  beautifully tailored kimonos, Mako & Munjuru spread Okinawan music through playing traditional instruments:the sanshin and … continue reading

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