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OUR BIG NEIGHBORHOOD


Through intergenerational, multicultural exchange, we promote greater social understanding.

Our Big Neighborhood is a youth and family program that provides opportunities to share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations. With virtual events scheduled throughout the year, there’s always an opportunity to have fun and learn something new with family, friends, and all of us who make up Our Big Neighborhood.

Check back soon for the 2021 lineup of virtual programs and activities!


Past Our Big Neighborhood events include:

From Home to Home: Seattle Children's Festival

October 24-25, 2020 | Online at nwfolklifestreaming.org (Virtual)
From Home to Home: Seattle Children’s Festival brings the family fun to you virtually from October 24 - 25, 2020 at nwfolklifestreaming.org! All weekend long from 11 AM to 1 PM, kids and families can experience the arts and culture of our greater Pacific Northwest communities with special guests Caspar Babypants, Northwest Tap Connection, Aleksa Manila, and more—all from the comfort of your home. With so much to see, do, and discover, this is the place to celebrate Our Big Neighborhood!

Movin' Around the World: Virtual

April 13-17, 2020
Movin’ Around the World is going digital! All week long from April 13 - 17, families are invited to participate in dances, music, and culture from around the world from some of the same artists they would see at Northwest Folklife events, right in your own home! Each day will focus on a new topic as local artists share their arts and culture with us through videos. Get up, move, and learn along with us!

Movin' Around the World: Winter

February 15-21, 2020
Our Big Neighborhood provides a unique space for artists, family, and friends to celebrate our diverse traditions. Experience the cultures of our Pacific Northwest neighbors at Movin’ Around the World: Winter! Held during Seattle Public Schools’ mid-winter break, this weeklong celebration geared for kids 10 and under highlights a different theme each day to encourage learning through song, dance, and art.

Global Playground

August 2019
Get outside and celebrate this summer at Global Playground, where cultural connectivity meets outdoor fun! Located at Artists at Play, the city’s most unique gathering space, local bands, DJs, and dancers will keep the party going with the sights and sounds of our young creative community. Geared for youth 13 and under, this event takes place on the first three Saturdays of August.

Movin' Around the World: Spring

April 2019
Our Big Neighborhood provides a unique space for artists, family, and friends to celebrate our diverse traditions. Experience the cultures of our Pacific Northwest neighbors at Movin’ Around the World: Spring! Held during Seattle Public Schools’ spring break, this weeklong celebration geared for kids 10 and under highlights a different theme each day to encourage learning through song, dance, and art.

Our Big Neighborhood at Seattle Center Winterfest

November 27, 2020 (Virtual)

Ring in the holiday season at Our Big Neighborhood at Seattle Center Winterfest, taking place virtually on November 27 at 10am! This year, we’re excited to be to showcasing:- Songs by Dunava Balkan Women’s Choir- Music by Youth Old-Time Band, The Geoducks- Cooking Tortillas with Francisca Garcia of Machtia