Seattle’s four-day Festival will attract an audience of about 250,000 visitors over Memorial Day weekend, and has over 6,000 volunteer performers and 800 volunteers. It’s a celebration of diversity and tradition at Seattle Center. The Folklife Festival exists to celebrate all forms of cultural expression practiced in the Northwest. There are no headliners and all of the performers play for free. This allows Festival organizers to keep the event free to all who attend, asking instead for donations to cover basic operational costs.
With a desire to showcase the art of the area, the festival has embraced the new cultures that have come to our area from all over the country and the world. Performances of hip hop MCs, Irish cloggers, Middle Eastern dancers, bluegrass fiddlers, West African drummers, ska bands and more have taken the stage over the years.
This year, Northwest Folklife has an app for iPhone and Android, so you can keep track of what’s happening where and when during the event. And they have an online schedule of events on their website, http://www.nwfolklifefestival2011.sched.org.
Friday kicks off at 11:00am with musicians, dancers and concerts from the jazz bands of Eckstein Middle School and Garfield High School. The party gets going once again at 11:00am on Saturday, with returning favorites like Baby Gramps. The festivities close at 8:30pm on the last day, Monday, May 30.
For more news and information about the Northwest Folklife Festival, go to http://www.nwfolklife.org.