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NW Folklife Festival 2016

Nine things to do at this year's Northwest Folklife Festival

May 25, 2016
This blog post was created by KCTS 9 marketing and communications intern Emily T. in collaboration with KCTS 9 staff. 
Founded in 1972, the Northwest Folklife Festival enjoys its 44th year in 2016. Northwest Folklife brings the community together to celebrate Pacific Northwest culture, with influences from around the world.  There are unique opportunities for participating, learning, sharing and collaborating to discover diverse elements of arts and culture.  Music, dance, poetry, storytelling and crafting are just a few of the experiences that take place throughout the festival. The festival runs throughout Memorial Day weekend from May 27-30, 2016 on the Seattle Center campus.
Explore the Folklive program guide to plan your visit. Plus, here are nine things you can look forward to doing this year:
1. The Discovery Zone
An area specially designed for kids and their families to explore kid-friendly adventures, hands-on activities, performances and workshops.  Here you can dance, paint, draw, craft and build!
2. Fisher Beer Garden Sing-Alongs
Taking place all four days of the festival, themed sing-a-longs led by  special guests round out  a cultural focus on “The Power of the Human Voice Through Song.”  Each beer garden will be serving Bonterra Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a wide selection of beers.
3. Open-air Dance Stage
Showcasing multicultural dance performances from around the world, this new stage will be located at the north end of the Seattle Center.  It is a non-seated venue where you can stand and enjoy a glimpse of the featured international dances.  Similar performances will also be showcased at the Exhibition Hall.
4. Explore Visual Arts
A variety of visual arts will be displayed throughout the festival.  The Artist Within by Marilyn Raichle is an exhibition featuring art by individuals ages 60-101 that explores the ways we think about Alzheimer’s and dementia.  The Youth in Focus exhibit empowers youth through photography to live life to the fullest.
5. Sample International Cuisines
From Greek gyros to Philly steak sandwiches, there is a wide array of food to tempt you at the festival.  Vendors will be selling diverse snacks, meals and desserts for an adventurous palate.  Check out the full list of food vendors on the festival website.
6. Dance 
There are plenty of opportunities to break out your freshest dance moves at this year’s festival.  Group dancing, partner dancing and a variety of workshops will be taking place at Warren’s Roadhouse and in the Armory Lofts.
7. Crafts
Several booths will be dedicated to crafting, with crafts from right here in our backyards and imports from all over the world.  You will be able to find items ranging from soaps, to instruments, to clothing.
8. Learn About the Power of the Human Voice Through Song
This is the cultural focus of this year’s festival, as the community explores artistic expression and cultural traditions.  Singing is an expression of emotion, playing an essential role in a multitude of cultures and creating a sense of unity between them.  Activities throughout the festival will provide participants the opportunity to watch music and dance performances, films, presentations, as well as get involved in workshops to dive deeper into this subject.
9. Get Involved!
Donate any amount to help this festival continue as a place to unite the community for a shared appreciation of tradition and culture.  More information can be found on the festival website.
Photos provided by NW Folklife. 



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