Your Communities. Your Traditions. Your Folklife.
Northwest Folklife aims to strengthen our communities through arts and culture. This calendar brings together our greater community’s events and gatherings. Here, you will find events ranging from cultural celebrations to music and dance performances and traditional gatherings.
Together, we can continue to celebrate the rich arts, cultures, and traditions that thrive in the greater Pacific Northwest.
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Community Day: First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
March 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pmFREE
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 26
Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.
Join us for a day filled with music, magic, and theater for the opening weekend of “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.”
Enjoy surprise performances by Seattle Shakespeare Company, English Speaking Union, and Young Shakespeare Workshop.
This all-ages event is FREE and for everyone.
11 a.m. Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium
Boogie with Recess Monkey and their laugh-out-loud songs, with a Shakespearean twist.
Noon Level 3, The Meadow
Enjoy a bilingual performance by the dazzling Marco Cortes, and inspired by Shakespeare!
Nitty Gritty Shakespeare
1p.m. Level 3, The Meadow
Join storyteller Eva Abrams for her exquisite exploration of Shakespeare’s folktales and fables.
For ages 8 and up.
Theater of Possibility
2 p.m. Level 3, The Meadow
What happens when kid power meets Shakespeare? Young Seattle actors (8-14 y.o.) have adapted
Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew into a new theater piece called “Rude Princess.”
Creative Justice/Young Shakespeare/YouthSpeaks
3 p.m. Level 3, The Meadow
How does Shakespeare connect with contemporary oral traditions like hip hop and spoken word? Criss-cross history with our all-youth ensemble, as they remix history and culture, from page to stage.
All Ages Creation Station
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Check out drop-In activities all day long!
Facepainting, Level 1, Children’s Story Time Room
Your face is already fab, but add some flair for Shakespeare Community Day. For kids of all ages.
Photobooth, Level 3, The Meadow
Strike a Shakespearean pose at our photobooth. For all ages.
Shakespeare Costumes, Level 1, Children’s Art Space
Get crafty and make your own Elizabethan royal crowns, ruffs, brooches, and even funky beards!”
Stone Soup Theater, Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium
Write memories of important events in your life using Shakespearian clothing for inspiration.
Elizabethan Search Engine, Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium
Go back in time with artist ilvs strauss to ask “Shakespeare” about any topic. He’ll answer in the only way he knows how– loudly, passionately, and in his own words.
This event is just one in a series of events The Seattle Public Library is hosting or co-sponsoring in celebration of First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, a nationally touring exhibit which will be hosted at the Central Library from March 21 to April 17, 2016. Considered one of the most important books in the world, a rare copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio will be on display at the Central Library for four weeks, along with immersive and interactive displays, live performances, scholar lectures and more.
Click here to see a full list of events:
Click here to learn more about the exhibit:
Reserve free tickets to view First Folio here: