FEBRUARY 16-22, 11AM – 2:30PM AT SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY
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Movin’ Around The World: Winter

Experience the cultures of the world through seeing and doing!

2019 Schedule

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Saturday, Feb 16 – Youth Rising


Rhapsody Project Songsters

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

The  Rhapsody Songsters program equips musicians with the tools to thrive and organize in the modern worlds of American roots music.The Songsters perform heritage music drawn from a range of roots traditions. Their interpretations of jazz, blues and folk songs illuminate stories about Seattle’s musical history while pointing audiences towards the future. Learn More

Lil Brown Girls Club Presented by What’s Poppin Ladies?!

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Lil Brown Girls Club is a movement safe space for non-white g*rls to realize and harness their own power. G*rls of color will gain embodiment practices that address life skills such as boundary setting, an embodied “no”, witnessing each other, and standing in their own power. By working with a roster of dope teachers of color coming (from Street styles backgrounds and beyond!) LIL BGC members will develop the necessary tools to navigate a world that does not love them right while anchoring in joy through movement. LIL BGC is directed by Moonyeka and co-directed by Michael O’Neal Jr. Learn More

School of Rock Seattle House Band

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Seattle School of Rock House Band is a group of talented young musicians that perform regularly all over the greater Seattle area and beyond. These students are not only among the most proficient musicians at the school, they are leaders and mentors to their peers and ambassadors to School of Rock. They are a high caliber, family friendly cover band sure to entertain and impress any audience! Learn More

Hands On Activities


Zine Making with Town Hall Seattle

Zines are the start of self publishing. You can use paper, staples, needle, thread, stamps, markers. etc to create their own paper books to be filled with whatever they like. Create your own coloring book, journal, or start writing the next New York Times Best Seller. Learn more about Town Hall

“My Family Has A Story” with South Seattle Emerald

Who tells our stories? How do we want to be seen? Our stories and our families’ stories are part of our community narrative. This activity encourages self-discovery through the process of photography and journaling. You’ll make a portrait of yourself or a family member with instant film after answering the question “what’s your family story?” by exploring your histories, cultures, and languages. We’ll display the portraits and answers so everyone can see who makes up the fabric of our community. Participants will receive a tipsheet to continue documenting their families’ stories through scrapbooking, journaling, interviews and more.

Purrdie Burrdie Designs

Purrdie Burrdie is from the Planet Doodletopia. She comes to share a message to the children through story about the importance of self love. Read the book Purrdie Burrdie I love Myself, then write about what they love about you! You can create mirrors with a button machine to reflect on you beauty and color together and have fun bedazzling Purrdie Burrdie and learn all about my story of how Purrdie Burrdie came to be. Get a henna tattoo and Purrdie Burrdie button as a keepsake for participating in the event. Learn more


Sunday, February 17 – Expressions of Asia


Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS) Kalahi Philippine Dance Company

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
The FCS Kalahi folk dance group has been formed since 2013. It started on a different name and has changed to FCS Kalahi Philippine Dance Company. The dance group is a project of the Filipino Community Center of Seattle headed by Board Member Arlene Perez under the Social Arts And Culture Program. Our choreographer is Juliet Cheattle. Kalahi is a Multi-Generational dance group composed of Filipino-American families in Washington. Our goal is to promote our Philippine ethnic cultural heritage thru dance and music.

Martial Art with HTAI Filipino Warrior Arts

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

The HTAI Filipino Warrior Arts is a native martial art form indigenous to the Philippines. Filipino Warrior Arts, also known as Arnis, Eskrima and Kali, is a weapons-based self-defense system with practicality, efficiency and effectiveness in constant mind. Punong Guro Myrlino Hufana, the founder and grandmaster of the HTAI Fighting Systems, started learning the family art at the age of 6 under the guidance of his father and has continued to further the fighting art for the past 50 years. Today, the HTAI Fighting Systems are taught in Redmond,WA, Anaheim, CA, Ketchikan, AK, and recently opened in Seattle. Learn More

Thai Classical and Folk Dance with Siam Smile

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Pimana Thichalad is the director and coordinator of Siam Smile Thai Classical and Folk Dance. The dancers and I have been invited to perform with the Northwest Folklife Festival since 2006 and have been invited to perform with Kent International Festival since 2015.Pimana Thichalad earned a Bachelor degree in Thai Classical Dance and Thai Dramatical Art, and a Master degree in Non-Formal Education.

Hands On Activities


HTAI Filipino Warrior Arts

Learn all about the fascinating art of HTAI Fighting systems before jumping in the workshop at 12:15! Learn more

“My Family Has A Story” with South Seattle Emerald

Who tells our stories? How do we want to be seen? Our stories and our families’ stories are part of our community narrative. This activity encourages self-discovery through the process of photography and journaling. You’ll make a portrait of yourself or a family member with instant film after answering the question “what’s your family story?” by exploring your histories, cultures, and languages. We’ll display the portraits and answers so everyone can see who makes up the fabric of our community. Participants will receive a tipsheet to continue documenting their families’ stories through scrapbooking, journaling, interviews and more.

Purrdie Burrdie Designs

Purrdie Burrdie is from the Planet Doodletopia. She comes to share a message to the children through story about the importance of self love. Read the book Purrdie Burrdie I love Myself, then write about what they love about you! You can create mirrors with a button machine to reflect on you beauty and color together and have fun bedazzling Purrdie Burrdie and learn all about my story of how Purrdie Burrdie came to be. Get a henna tattoo and Purrdie Burrdie button as a keepsake for participating in the event. Learn more


Monday, Feb 18 – 206 Zulu Presents: Beats and Rhymes Hip Hop


The Northwest Portablists

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Skratcher Portablists NW is run by the creators of the Northwest Portablist Group on Facebook. Warren Van Patten (DJ D’Lemma), Patrick Holigores (DJ Flip D’skript), Justin Fellores (DJ Jointz), and Jason Ballena (DJ JFlex). Wondering where is skatcher Portablists Northwest Folklife held each month?! Skratcher Portablists NW Division has monthly events at different locations depending on weather conditions and style of meet. Learn more

Beatboxing 101 with James ‘AudioPoet’ Burchfield and ‘Brotha Nature’

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

James “AudioPoet” Burchfield is a human beatbox. Using only his mouth, tongue, throat and vocal cords, he performs heavy, layered, club-style jams that seem to come from real drum machines and lusciously scratched turntables. ‘AudioPoet’ has a fairly concrete tack: studying the mathematical formulas that are the foundation of music. He brings that knowledge — and an instinct for dance-friendly grooves that simulate seemingly impossible-to-mimic machine sounds — onto every stage. Learn more

Break Dancing with Moving Minds Dance & Fraggle Rock Crew

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Moving Minds Dance is a dance education program that teaches movement with real-world context for children ages two to nine. All of our dance classes are shaped by guiding themes that change each season. Fraggle Rock Crew is a bboy/bgirl crew that has been performing and teaching for nearly 15 years. They’ve opened for many A-list acts, they battle frequently (and win) and they host numerous community hip hop events in Seattle. Learn more: Fraggle Rock Crew | Moving Minds Dance

Hands On Activities


Hip-Hoppin’ Button-Rockin’ Extravaganza with 206 Zulu

Express your creativity with style! Learn about the “elements” of Hip Hop with 206 Zulu all while getting hands on experience in button making!

DIY Button Making with Vera

Come make some buttons with the Vera Project! You can pick out a design or draw your own, and we work together to make a 1-inch button. Vera is all about doing it yourself, and we love how empowering it is to make something your own. Learn more


Tuesday, Feb 19 – Rhythm and Motion


Kaze Daiko

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Kaze Daiko is a performing taiko group for youth and young adults. The group is organized and run by youth performers and their parents with an emphasis on supporting the local community with public and private performances throughout the year. All performance requests are given equal consideration. Kaze offers ongoing drop-in classes and workshops for youth ages 7-15. Interested youth may enter into apprenticeships to become performing members. Kaze is a community-focused organization with strong ties to the local Japanese-American community – but participation is not limited to the Japanese American youth. Learn more

Majorette Dance with Baile Dior

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Baile Dior Studios is to provide students of all levels with more than just dance classes, but a unique experience in which the student can grow both mentally and physically as a dancer. Our highly trained and certified instructors have a wealth of experience in teaching and performing various styles and disciplines. We specialize in Majorette dance ( J-Sette) found at the heart of Historical Black Colleges and Universities; giving youth an option to pursue a higher education with dance. Here at Baile Dior Studios we have a passion for the art of dance and for helping others. Learn more

Percussion Workshop with Seattle Drum School

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Seattle Drum School provides a community and a culture that encourages learning, friendship, personal growth, and self expression for our students, their families, and our wonderful staff. The Seattle Drum School of Music has evolved into much more than just a center for music education. It has become an institution in the greater Seattle area. It is a musical culture and performing arts center providing community and support for not only what is now two generations of continuing students, but for many of Seattle’s finest and most prolific professional musicians, composers, and music teachers. Learn more

Hands On Activities


Learn a Jimi Hendrix tune on a Ukulele with NAAM

Did you know that one of Jimi Hendrix’s first musical instruments was a ukulele? Learn to play All Along the WatchTower in conjunction with the exhibition! Bring your own ukulele but there will be a few ukes available to play! Learn more

DIY Button Making with Vera

Come make some buttons with the Vera Project! You can pick out a design or draw your own, and we work together to make a 1-inch button. Vera is all about doing it yourself, and we love how empowering it is to make something your own. Learn more


Wednesday, Feb 20 – Middle Eastern Folk Traditions


Karoun Dance Ensemble with Ellie Lawson

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Elham Lawson (Ellie) is a proud Iranian-American who enjoys sharing her love of Persian culture & finds great joy in her work as a Classical/Traditional Persian dance instructor. Ellie joined Delshodeh Dance Ensemble in 2008 then formed that group to Karoun Dance Ensemble in 2012. She also teaches younger generation. Ellie is a volleyball player coach & referee, she loves to help others, and she has been working in SCCA/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Ctr since 2005.

Shahrazad Dance Ensemble of Seattle

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

In a colorful, lively performance, Shahrazad Dance Ensemble presents folkloric versions of Egyptian Saidi dance, khalegy from the Gulf States, Turkish and Moroccan dances. The Middle East includes more than 20 countries populated by various ethnic groups with many different music and dance traditions. The troupe’s goal is to help audiences understand and enjoy some of the varied music and dance of cultures of North Africa, the Levant, and the Gulf States. Learn more

Helene Eriksen & ANAR DANA

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Helene Eriksen is a teacher and choreographer of traditional dances of the countries between North Africa and Central Asia as well as Argentina. Her career spans 40+ years, as she also lectures and publishes on dance ethnology and costume studies.Helene Eriksen is an active member of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology (ICTM/UNESCO) and for many years she has been leading dance and culture study tours around the world.

Hands On Activities


Paper Marbling with TurkFest

A fun way to get swirling bright colors on paper! Lay your colors on water based medium using spray brushes then manipulate the colors to your hearts content. Make beautiful colored paper that you can take home. Learn more

DIY Button Making with Vera

Come make some buttons with the Vera Project! You can pick out a design or draw your own, and we work together to make a 1-inch button. Vera is all about doing it yourself, and we love how empowering it is to make something your own. Learn more

Purrdie Burrdie Designs

Purrdie Burrdie is from the Planet Doodletopia. She comes to share a message to the children through story about the importance of self love. Read the book Purrdie Burrdie I love Myself, then write about what they love about you! You can create mirrors with a button machine to reflect on you beauty and color together and have fun bedazzling Purrdie Burrdie and learn all about my story of how Purrdie Burrdie came to be. Get a henna tattoo and Purrdie Burrdie button as a keepsake for participating in the event. Learn more


Thursday, Feb 21 – Festa Brasil!


En Canto

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

A Seattle-based multi-ethnic, female-led six-piece formed in 2011, En Canto’s world pop music—a combination of forró, samba, and choro-inspired originals and reimagined covers of classic Brazilian hits. Playing primarily in North American venues, En Canto currently channels its fierce independence into challenging stereotypes while also helping audiences expand their comfort zones. Learn more

Brazilian Capoeira with International Capoeira Angola Foundation

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

International Capoeira Angola Foundation is lead by Mestre Silvio Dos Reis. Created in 1997, the organization has the mission to preserve, promote and teach Capoeira and other cultural arts from the African Diaspora, such as West- African Dance, Afro-Cuban dance and Afro-Brazilian dance. Mestre Silvio Dos Reis has been leading the organization since 2004 teaching ongoing class at ICAF studio, Seattle Public School and Pacific Northwest colleges and educational institutions. ICAF Seattle also have been collaborating with Northwest Folklife Festival for the past 14 years, doing performances and teaching workshops.

Eduardo Mendonça

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Eduardo Mendonça has played composed and directed various genres of Brazilian popular music in the US Canada and Brazil since 1974. A native of Salvador Bahia Brazil Eduardo has shared international stages with legendary Brazilian musicians Geraldo Azevedo Alcione and Jorge Ben Jor. Eduardo has performed for many notable personalities including the 14th Dalai Lama Pope John Paul II and former South Africa President Nelson Mandela and he was featured in the PBS American Masters documentary Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time. Eduardo brings a wealth of experience to his wide-ranging musical endeavors. Learn more

Hands On Activities


Magnets and Patches with Blue Cone Studios

Paint Paint Paint! Blue Cone will be helping young artists find their flair. Choose from canvas magnets or patches and let your imagination soar. We will have paints and brushes set up and each participant will be able to leave with their very own work of art. We hope to show young people that creativity exists in all of us and even the smallest act of creation can bring infinite joy. Learn more

Purrdie Burrdie Designs

Purrdie Burrdie is from the Planet Doodletopia. She comes to share a message to the children through story about the importance of self love. Read the book Purrdie Burrdie I love Myself, then write about what they love about you! You can create mirrors with a button machine to reflect on you beauty and color together and have fun bedazzling Purrdie Burrdie and learn all about my story of how Purrdie Burrdie came to be. Get a henna tattoo and Purrdie Burrdie button as a keepsake for participating in the event. Learn more


Fri, Feb 22 – Roots of America


TBD

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Tap with Jacob T Rodvelt-Gamlieli

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Jacob is a third generation dance instructor in a family of great dancers. Jacob’s training began with tap, ballet, jazz and later grew to include lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, step dancing and aerial hoop & silks. As an instructor and choreographer Jacob has coached many groups to High Score Awards and his choreography is often recognized for its entertainment value. Now he entertains thru comedy, event coordination, performing on stage as well as teaching and directing all around the PNW. Learn more

Appalachian Dance with Squirrel Butter

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Squirrel Butter husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck & Charmaine Slaven started performing together after meeting at the Portland Old Time Music Gathering in 2005. Sharing a deep love of traditional music they perform American roots music. For over the last dozen years they have contributed to the of the music and dance communities in the PNW and their love of the music and people keeps growing. Learn more

Hands On Activities


Learn a Jimi Hendrix tune on a Ukulele with NAAM

Did you know that one of Jimi Hendrix’s first musical instruments was a ukulele? Learn to play All Along the WatchTower in conjunction with the exhibition! Bring your own ukulele but there will be a few ukes available to play! Learn more

Magnets and Patches with Blue Cone Studios

Paint Paint Paint! Blue Cone will be helping young artists find their flair. Choose from canvas magnets or patches and let your imagination soar. We will have paints and brushes set up and each participant will be able to leave with their very own work of art. We hope to show young people that creativity exists in all of us and even the smallest act of creation can bring infinite joy. Learn more

Colors and Numbers Drawing and Matching with Sponge Language School

Activities and games for language learners of all ages! For children under 5, we will be learning about colors and coloring some beautiful drawings that are French themed. For children above 5, we will learning about colors and numbers and coloring by numbers. Then “go fish” and learn the colors by the fish that you catch! Learn more