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Mako and Munjuru

Town Hall Seattle Presents: Mako and Munjuru

When you think of the island of Okinawa, where does your mind go? For many, the reference point may be a memory of a battle during World War II, one that devastated the island and required a long journey to rebuild. But before it was annexed and systematically subsumed by Japan in 1879, Okinawa had a distinct culture, with its own language, religion, and practices. In fact, Okinawan music and arts are more closely related to the music and arts of Chinese culture.

Mako and Munjuru join us—as part of the Global Rhythms “Island Music” series—to share a livestreamed presentation of traditional Okinawan music, dance, and storytelling that helps complexify our understanding of the community and culture. The primary instrument is called sanshin, a 3-stringed lute, which features a body covered with python skin and plucked with a pick made from a water buffalo horn. Wearing Okinawan kimono, they create striking traditional folk music, singing in the endangered Okinawan language stories of love, family, and playing on the beaches of Okinawa. With their music, they create a connection to their roots, part of a rich history of tradition and preservation.

Mako and Munjuru are traditional Okinawan music performers who reside and perform in the Northwest area, primarily in Seattle. Mako was born in Okinawa and grew up in Hawaii from age 11. She discovered that singing and playing sanshin offered a connection or “portal” back to her roots. Led by Mako, the group goes to public and private functions to share the traditional music, dance, and storytelling—a rarity in the NW area. A few members of the group are also involved with a musical troupe called Ukwanshin Kabudan, based in Honolulu to help perpetuate the tradition of music and art of Okinawa throughout Hawaii.


Tết in Seattle

Seattle Center Festál presents Tết in Seattle – Vietnamese Lunar New Year in partnership with Tết in Seattle (TIS). This festival celebrates the cultural roots and traditions of Vietnamese Americans during the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. For two days, attendees gain a glimpse into the spirit and energy of Vietnam through arts, music, hands-on experiences, and performances unique to Vietnam. Additional features include offerings of traditional Vietnamese food, awe-inspiring lion dances, curated ao dai fashion show, and an all-inclusive health fair, providing free health services, screenings, and medical support.This event is free and open to the public.

This festival will be taking place virtually.

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Irish Festival Seattle

Seattle Center Festál presents Irish Festival Seattle in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club (IHC). Irish Festival Seattle is held in March, on or near St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating Irish heritage, culture, and arts with two-days of traditional music, step-dancing, lectures, genealogy workshops, Irish films, exhibits, displays, and more.

This festival will be taking place virtually.

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Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures in partnership with France Education Northwest (FEN).

Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures celebrates the diversity of traditions, ideas, dialects, and more, that comprises French-speaking cultures around the world. While France is often the most well-known French-speaking country for people in the U.S., there are many other countries and places all around the world where French is spoken. French and several similar dialects are even spoken by groups in the U.S., particularly in Louisiana.

The festival aims to embrace this diversity of French-speaking cultures in the types of activities offered at the event. It promotes the French idea of “joie de vivre” through music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, film screenings, wine tastings, baguette tasting contest, and more. Each year, there are live performances on the main stage featuring traditional dance and music from French-speaking countries or in the French language.

This festival will be taking place virtually.

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Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival in partnership with Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee (SCBJCF). The festival deepens the understanding and serves as a vehicle for sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage through hundreds of performing and martial arts, exhibits and demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, culinary treats, and more!

This festival will be taking place virtually.

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50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

Presented by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Northwest Folklife returns with its 50th Anniversary Northwest Folklife Festival, taking place virtually on the From Home to Home platform ( on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-31, 2021.

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