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For inquiries about cash, in-kind, or media sponsorships, please email Gaylynn Kiser

 

CULTURAL FOCUS: LIVING LEGACIES


For nearly 50 years, Northwest Folklife has supported and collaborated with over 100 diverse cultural communities of the Pacific Northwest region to preserve, cultivate and share ‘living traditions’. Daily creativity, family traditions, community customs - folklife is a part of our daily lives. The US Library of Congress says ‘folklife’ is the everyday and intimate creativity that all of us share and pass onto the next generation.” Communities comprised through familial, occupational, religious, regional and shared commonalities, have enriched audiences throughout Northwest Folklife’s programs with a wide range of cultural and creative expressions. This includes customs and beliefs, food and cuisine, language, music and stories, art and crafts, dance and song. These customs and traditions are powerful expressions of community life, strengthening us as a community by connecting us to our roots, grounding us firmly in the present and supplying us with a sense of identity and purpose. 

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NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL


May 22-25, 2020

Seattle Center | Seattle, WA

Estimated Attendance: 235,000

Now in its 48th year, the annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest community-powered event of its kind.  With four days of programming, over 5,000 performers, 200+ vendors and over 20 venues/stages, there is something for everyone.

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OUR BIG NEIGHBORHOOD


Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center have partnered to present Our Big Neighborhood, a year-round youth and family initiative providing opportunities that share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations. This multicultural, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational program fosters the sharing of traditional and evolving cultures among people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds with the hope of promoting greater social understanding. This program will span five events throughout the year including:

Movin’ Around the World: Winter

February 15 - 21, 2020

Seattle Center | Seattle, WA

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. 

Movin’ Around the World: Spring

April 13 - 19, 2020

Seattle Center | Seattle, WA

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.

Global Playground

August 1, 8, & 15, 2020

Seattle Center Artist at Play | Seattle, WA

Global Playground is 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. 

Seattle Children’s Festival

October 24-25, 2020

Seattle Center | Seattle, WA

Estimated Attendance: 3,000

Seattle Children’s Festival is a weekend celebration where families learn directly from our neighbors who pass on the songs, dances, and stories of their cultures. The event passport acts as a guide to travel the world through 2 main stages, 3 interactive workshop spaces, 2 Discovery Zones full of activities, and a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Lab. Designed for kids 12 and under, there’s plenty to experience, ranging from hip-hop and folklórico dance to robots.

CROSSROADS CULTURAL ARTS SERIES


3rd Saturday of Every Month

Crossroads Mall | Bellevue, WA

Northwest Folklife is now presenting its 8th annual Crossroads Cultural Arts Series at Crossroads Mall. These monthly cultural arts performances are family-friendly and showcase a variety of programming.

 

YEAR-ROUND SPONSOR


For inquiries about year-round cash, in-kind, or media sponsorships, please email Gaylynn Kiser.