2018 Northwest Folklife Festival Highlights

The 47th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival brought us countless moments that truly remind us of the meaning of Folklife. Here are a few of the many highlights from our celebrations.

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Co-Founder Vivian Williams

We celebrated Northwest Folklife co-founder Vivian Williams’ 80th birthday, surrounded by Friends of Folklife and loved ones. Thank you, Vivian, for making Folklife a celebratory place for all, and for continuing to support us in our 47th year!

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Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Project

The youth of our Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Project presented a mixture of music, dance, and visual arts to reflect on what the Mexican American and Chicana/o identity means to them.

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Circle of Indigenous Peoples Celebration

The Circle of Indigenous Peoples Celebration highlighted the beauty of Indigenous cultures and traditions.

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Visual Arts

The A/NT Gallery hosted a variety of visual art exhibitions, including PaperStock, Stories of Identity: Contemporary Chicana/o Artists of Seattle, curated by Cultural Focus Committee member, Fulgencio Lazo, and a gallery of historical photographs of El Centro de la Raza.

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Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir

After performing at the Northwest Folklife Festival for the past 30 years, the beloved Pastor Pat Wright took the stage one last time with the Total Experience Gospel Choir. Pastor Pat, thank you for continuing to spread joy, love, and enthusiasm to our greater community. May your message of celebrating humanity continue to spread for generations to come!

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Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond: Mexican  Folklórico Showcase

A full house gathered in McCaw Hall for the Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond: Mexican Folklórico Showcase, featuring Bailadores de Bronce, Ballet Folklórico Mexico Lindo Idado, Grupo Folklórico Nuestras Raices, Herencias Mexicanas, Joyas Mestizas, and Mariachi Huenachi.

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Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band

The legendary Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band closed out the 2018 Festival.

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Folklife Community

Our year-round programs, including the Northwest Folklife Festival, would not be possible without the contributions and support of our Board of Directors, Friends of Folklife, volunteers, and our greater Folklife community. Thank you for keeping the magic of Folklife alive!

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