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.
Diwali: Lights of India
Diwali: Lights of India showcases the arts and culture of India, adapted from, and closely following Diwali, the most popular annual festival celebrate in autumn in India. The indoor festival, free for the public and suitable for all ages, attracts audiences from far and wide to converge in Seattle Center for a memorable afternoon of joy, conviviality and cultural experiences that are exuberantly Indian.
In addition to entertainment featuring nationally–and internationally known artists and participatory and educational content, you will also enjoy Indian dance lessons, classical dances in the traditions of Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak and other entertainment produced and presented by youth.
Diwali: Lights of India features a flower mandala (rangoli) decorative arrangement on the floor, henna booth, saree booth, puppetry show and workshop for children, face painting, Indian chai corner, delicious Indian vegetarian food and other attractions.
Diwali: Lights of India promises to engage, entertain and inform attendees of all ages and cultural backgrounds. It is presented in partnership with Vedic Cultural Center, Sammamish.