We are excited to announce the 2019 Northwest Folklife Festival and launch into the Northwest Folklife’s 48th year of producing one of the largest community-powered festivals in the nation! Returning to Seattle Center on Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-27, 2019), the Festival brings together upwards of 250,000 people annually to celebrate the cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest region. In celebration of the 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising, the Festival’s programming will showcase and amplify youth voices through curated performances, artwork, and panels created for the youth, by the youth.
Along with this, we are excited to unveil the official poster artwork for the 2019 Northwest Folklife Festival. Created by Seattle artist, Monyee Chau, the artwork highlights both Northwest Folklife’s 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising and the Festival’s core value of uniting our larger community to celebrate arts, cultures, and traditions.
“I’m ecstatic and honored to be working on the poster for the upcoming Northwest Folklife Festival,” says Monyee Chau. “The series I’m using for the 48th poster is a visual representation of benevolence, the unity of our communities, and uplifting those around us by celebrating differences. I’m excited this work gets to be shown at an event that encompasses all of those elements through art and performances by the very people who live and enrich this city.”
Stay tuned for the full Festival schedule, which will launch on May 1, 2019.