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47TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE
The Northwest Folklife Festival is the place to learn, to dance, to play, to try something new, and to discover arts and cultures that inspire celebration of one another and our big neighborhood. From yodeling to beatboxing, square dancing to Bollywood, – the Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the global traditions of local, independent artists.
In keeping our commitment to remove any economic barriers and ensure that everyone can experience and share in cultural traditions, the 47th annual Northwest Folklife is presented without admission charge, creating the most inclusive, wide reaching arts experience. The suggested daily donation of $10/person and $20/family goes to cover production costs. Guests and participants are invited to participate in the ‘Count Me In’ campaign by making a donation to sustain the Northwest Folklife organization and Festival for this and future years.
Saturday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Fountain Lawn Stage
Folklife’s annual foray into the edgier side of Balkan music and Balkan brass bands continues
with the Balkan Misfits showcase on the Fountain Lawn stage.
China Meets India Showcase
Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Cornish Playhouse
Curated by Melody Xie of the Melody Institute, this showcase will bring together Chinese and
Indian artists and dancers to look at the ancient ties between the two countries, dating back to
the path that Buddhism traveled from India to China.
Turkish “Gezek” Tradition
Sunday, May 27, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Cornish Playhouse
This showcase is curated by the Turkish community and features the little-known “gezek”
tradition of communal music making. It’s a kind of house party, and the gathering at the
Northwest Folklife Festival will feature music and dance from Turkish traditions.
Echoes of Aztlan and Beyond: Mexican Folklorico Showcase
Sunday, May 27, 3:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m. at McCaw Hall
As part of Northwest Folklife’s 2018 Cultural Focus on Mexican-American and Chicana/o arts
and culture in the Northwest, this showcase will feature seven of the best folklorico dance
troupes in the region, including one troupe traveling all the way from Idaho.
Sunday, May 27, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. at Vera Project
Founded by Daniel Pak (Kore Ionz) and Thaddeus Turner (Thadillac), Totem Star is an
innovative youth program in Seattle that amplifies and empowers youth voice through music
production and performance. At Folklife, Totem Star will be bringing a host of young performers
who’ve been working to record and produce music in the region.
206 Zulu and Queen of the Hill Showcase
Sunday, May 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Mural Amphitheatre
This wildly popular all-female breakdancing competition, curated by Tracey Wong, returns to the
large Mural Amphitheatre!
Sunday, May 27, 4;15 p.m. – 5:15 pm. at Center Theatre
Presented by Seattle Center Festál Pagdiriwang Festival, this showcase features the
spectacular dance, music, and performances of BIBAK of the Pacific Northwest, representing
Igorot tribal people from the Philippines in the Northwest.
Diwali: Festival of Lights Showcase
Monday, May 28, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Center Theatre
Festál’s Diwali festival will be flying out a renowned master of the violin from the South Indian
Carnatic tradition, Maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan. This is a very special and profound way of
playing the instrument that is totally different from Western violin performance traditions, though
Maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan is a master of many different violin styles.