Posted tagged ‘40th Anniversary’

Help Us Gather Northwest Stories!

January 5, 2011

Northwest Folklife has created a brand new YouTube channel to bring  you updates on the forthcoming 2011 Northwest Folklife Festival and to collect Northwest Stories. Here, let me explain:

Now get filming! I can’t wait to hear your story…

Dance Your Way into 2011

December 27, 2010

Tango2011 is the year of the rabbit in Chinese calendars and the international year of forests and chemistry according to the United Nations (yes, this is true). But around the Northwest this is the “Year of Folklife. As many of you already know, we will be celebrating our 40th Festival this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30). Back in 1972, some folks gathered at Seattle Center and the tradition grew into the largest free community arts festival in the country!

We have several fun events planned for the new year and we will tell you all about them right here on the blog and at as well. The first on the list is a swing and waltz benefit at Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall in Greenwood. Jodi Fleischman of Left Foot Boogie will DJ the event along with Zachariah Cassady of Waltz etcetera. Proceeds from this event will help us celebrate local arts and traditions and produce the annual Northwest Folklife Festival. We can’t think of a better way to kick off our 40th Festival year than by kicking up our heels at this dance benefit. We hope to see you there!

Check out the Left Foot Boogie website as the date approaches for more information. Special thanks to Sonny Newman for generously donating the use of the dance hall for this event.

Tell Us Your Story…

July 21, 2010
Hawaiian Showcase

Photo by Daniel Atkinson, 2010

With the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival just behind us, we’re already looking forward to 2011—our 40th anniversary! To celebrate this milestone, we’re beginning work on our next Cultural Focus: Northwest Stories, which will document and present the stories of people who live in the Pacific Northwest. And we need your help to bring this focus to life! Tell us what Folklife means to you. Do you have a favorite Festival memory? What was the first year you joined us at Seattle Center over Memorial Day Weekend? Did you meet someone special at Folklife? We’ll share these stories throughout the year and at the 2011 Northwest Folklife Festival, May 27-30.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Share your memories! Post your story to our Facebook discussion page and read posts from other Folklife fans.
  • Send us your story in an email! with the subject line “Northwest Stories.” We can incorporate your story into one of our blog posts. If you’d like to remain anonymous, we’ll honor that request.
  • Mail us your story in a letter! Northwest Folklife, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
  • Videotape your story! Make a video of you telling your story (get creative!) and put it on YouTube. Send us the link and look for it, right here on our blog.

Check back here as we post some of your Northwest Stories, and keep celebrating Folklife all year long!