Northwest Folklife Northwest Folklife Festival


The 48th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival!

May 24 - 27, 2019 at Seattle Center.

For the People By the People
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Since 1972, the annual Northwest Folklife Festival has been a community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. With over 5,000 performers on 20+ stages, 200 vendors, 500 volunteers, and upwards of 250,000 attendees, this remains one of the largest access-for-all festivals in the nation. 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. This is the place to find your folk.

2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising

Northwest Folklife is excited to announce the 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising, a year-long program featuring peer mentorship, youth residencies, a series of youth-organized performances and events, and opportunities for creative collaborations. Youth Rising is a platform for the voices of youth leaders, artists, musicians, and changemakers.

Youth Rising celebrates and amplifies youth voices from around the region. In partnership with regional youth organizations, this program builds a larger platform, both locally and nationally, to amplify these youth voices across our nation. As folk is "for the people, by the people" this Cultural Focus and our year-round events are built "for and by the youth." Throughout 2019, the Cultural Focus will weave through all of Northwest Folklife’s programs, including the 48th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, 6th annual Seattle Children’s Festival and the Our Big Neighborhood program. Audiences will experience youth voices from around the Pacific Northwest through stories, visual art, film, music, song, dance, and culture.

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