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OUR BIG NEIGHBORHOOD

Through intergenerational, multicultural exchange, we aim to promote greater social understanding.

Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center are proud to present Our Big Neighborhood, a youth and family program that provides opportunities to share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations. With events scheduled all year round, there’s always an opportunity to have fun and learn something new with family, friends, and all of us who make up Our Big Neighborhood.

Check out all the events for 2020 below!

Movin' Around the World: Winter

February 15-21, 2020
Our Big Neighborhood provides a unique space for artists, family, and friends to celebrate our diverse traditions. Experience the cultures of our Pacific Northwest neighbors at Movin’ Around the World: Winter! Held during Seattle Public Schools’ mid-winter break, this weeklong celebration geared for kids 10 and under highlights a different theme each day to encourage learning through song, dance, and art. 

Movin' Around the World: Virtual

April 13-17, 2020
Movin’ Around the World is going digital! All week long from April 13 - 17, families are invited to participate in dances, music, and culture from around the world from some of the same artists they would see at Northwest Folklife events, right in your own home! Each day will focus on a new topic as local artists share their arts and culture with us through videos. Get up, move, and learn along with us!

Movin' Around the World: Spring

April 13-19, 2020 - CANCELED
Our Big Neighborhood provides a unique space for artists, family, and friends to celebrate our diverse traditions. Experience the cultures of our Pacific Northwest neighbors at Movin’ Around the World: Spring! Held during Seattle Public Schools’ spring break, this weeklong celebration geared for kids 10 and under highlights a different theme each day to encourage learning through song, dance, and art. 

Global Playground

August 1, 8, & 15, 2020 - CANCELED
Get outside and celebrate this summer at Global Playground, where cultural connectivity meets outdoor fun! Located at Artists at Play, the city’s most unique gathering space, local bands, DJs, and dancers will keep the party going with the sights and sounds of our young creative community. Geared for youth 13 and under, this event takes place on the first three Saturdays of August. 

Seattle Children's Festival

October 24-25, 2020
Seattle Children’s Festival is a weekend celebration where families learn directly from our neighbors who pass on the songs, dances, and stories of their cultures. The event passport acts as a guide to travel the world through 2 main stages, 3 interactive workshop spaces, 2 Discovery Zones full of activities, and a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Lab. Designed for kids 12 and under, there’s plenty to experience, ranging from hip-hop and folklórico dance to robots. 

Our Big Neighborhood at Winterfest

November 27, 2020
Ring in the holiday season at Our Big Neighborhood at Winterfest! Curated by Northwest Folklife as a part of Seattle Center Winterfest, the day features special performances that highlight local artists.