Our Big Neighborhood

Through inter-generational, multi-cultural exchange, we aim to promote greater social understanding.

Northwest Folklife’s Youth and Family initiative, Our Big Neighborhood, provides opportunities to share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations. This multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, inter-generational program fosters the exchange of traditional and evolving cultures between people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. Our Big Neighborhood offers families of all ages opportunities to learn about Northwest communities and their cultures through a variety of education, presentational and hands-on programs throughout the entire year.

Here are the Our Big Neighborhood events you can look forward to in 2018:

Movin’ Around the World: Celebrating the Cultures of the World Through Movement and Song

April 7-13, 2018 | 11 AM – 3 PM

Presented in partnership with the Seattle Center, this program encourages kids and their families to experience cultures of the world through seeing and doing.


Northwest Folklife Festival: Discovery Zone

May 25-28, 2018 | 11 AM – 6 PM

Now in its 47th year, the Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the cultures and traditions of the region through music, dance, workshops, and more. With family-friendly performances and activities, The Discovery Zone is a place within the Festival to explore, create, and have fun with the whole family. For more information visit our Northwest Folklife Festival page.


Global Playground

August 4, 11, 18, 2018 |  4 PM – 7 PM

Presented in partnership with the Seattle Center, and scheduled for the first three Saturdays in August at the Artists at Play playground, this outdoor program mixes cultural connectivity with outdoor play.


Seattle Children’s Festival

September 22, 2018 | 10 AM – 5 PM

This intergenerational, multi-cultural exchange aims to develop minds and bodies through movement, rhythm, song, and hands-on activities. For more information visit the Seattle Children’s Festival page.


Winterfest Launch Party

November 23, 2018

Continuing the tradition of Seattle Center’s Winterfest, Northwest Folklife will support the initial launch event with student and cultural performances and activities that bring families together.

Collaboration and co-creating this program with our cultural partners makes the program fully representative of our neighborhood and our cultural communities. Northwest Folklife partners with such organizations as 206 Zulu, Arts Corps, Book-It Repertory Theater, Center for Wooden Boats, Creative Advantage, Foundation for International Understanding through Students, Gage Academy of Art, King County Library, MOHAI, Music Center of the Northwest, Northwest African American Museum, PCC, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Gymnastics Academy, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle Tilth, Somali Youth & Family Club, Sunshine Music Together, Technology Access Foundation and Youth Theater Northwest.

If your organization would like to get involved with Our Big Neighborhood, please let us know! Email anna@nwfolklife or call (206) 615-1725.