Northwest Folklife has programmed an incredible day of performances at King County’s second annual CHOMP! event, August 20th at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington.
CHOMP! celebrates two things that people in King County are known for: enjoying delicious, locally sourced food and drink, and caring for the natural environment. The festival will bring together the people of King County to support local farming and strengthen the farm-to-table connection – and there will be a few extra bonuses as part of the event as well, including our Northwest Folklife Stage, full of multi-cultural programming on August 20th.
Take a peek at the full Northwest Folklife Stage schedule below!
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Halau Hula O Napualiani
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rhythms of India
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Anzanga Marimba Ensemble
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For more information about CHOMP!, visit them here!
Get to know the performers!
Halau Hula O Napualani – 11:15AM-12:00PM
Preserving Hawaiian Culture and History through song and dance! Halau Hula O’Napualani Hawaiian School of Dance in Seattle, Washington, was founded in 1977 by Kumu Gloria (Napualani) and has trained roughly 40,000 students since the opening. Halau Hula O Napunalani is a group of all ages of Hawaiian dancers from 4yrs – 88yrs, ohana ukulele musicians and singers of all genres of Hawaiian. This talented group are an inclusive halau with emphasis put on aloha/love, respect/ho’ihi and humility/ha’a ha’a towards the practice of preserving Hawaiian Culture and History through song and dance. Join Halau Hula O’Napualani for some traditional, as well as contemporary styles of Hawaiian music! Visit their Website
The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project – 12:45PM-1:30PM
The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project gives women and girls the opportunity to learn how to play and perform Caribbean steel drums and is dedicated to creating a space for women and girls in music through arts education. The project started in 2013 under the artistic direction of Michael Shantz and the administrative direction of Oriana Estrada. The Steel Drum also called “pan” is a mallet instrument that originated in 1940’s in the Caribbean country of Trinidad. The women who currently make up the group come from a variety of musical and artistic backgrounds. The project is based out of The Martin Luther King Community Center in Seattle, Washington and is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic women’s Caribbean steel drum band. Visit theirWebsite
Rhythms of India – 2:15 PM-3:00 PM
Rhythms of India Dance School has been teaching Bollywood and Bhangra dances in Bollywood, Bhangra, Giddha, Filmi and semi-classical dances, in addition to its patented ‘Bhangracize’ since 2001 in multiple locations in the Seattle metro area, as well as the Eastside. The dancers enjoy sharing the rich and vibrant culture of Bollywood through the movie dances, and Bhangra through the folk dances of Punjab and other surrounding states of Northern India. Experience the vibrant dances and rich culture of India with The Rhythms of India dance troupe! Visit theirWebsite
Anzanga Marimba Ensemble – 3:45PM-4:30PM
For over 20 years, Anzanga has brought the electrifying energizing music of African marimba to weddings, schools, festivals, culture events and more. Anzanga, which means “to our friends” draws its name and music from the rich cultural heritage of Africa. This intense group draws repertoire primarily from Zimbabwe influences from Mozambique, South Africa and Gambia, as well to playing compositions of their own; in addition, the marimbas are handcrafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. Anzanga Marimba Ensemble is based in Seattle, Washington, and have toured nationally and internationally. Visit their Website
Ocheami – 5:15 PM-6:00 PM
Ocheami is an African Arts organization that aspires to promote healthy, holistic lifestyle practices and cultural competency through education and cultural development, independently and in collaborative ventures with other organizations. Ocheami’s purpose is to share West African culture by providing authentic, quality instruction and performances in African Arts — and to have these experiences accessible to all. Come join this group of performers in exploring the rich culture of West Africa! Through song, dance, drumming and storytelling, members of Ocheami bring Africa to you! Visit their Website