It’s like Town Hall, but over at the Seattle Center. “Through intergenerational, multicultural exchange, we aim to promote greater social understanding,” reads Northwest Folklife’s mission statement. It’s quite similar to Town Hall’s mission statement. “A vibrant gathering place in the heart of Seattle,” it reads, “fostering an engagement community through civic, arts, and educational programs that reflect— and inspire—our region’s best impulses: creativity, empathy, and the belief that we all deserve a voice.”
With that in mind, Town Hall is eager to be present at the coming “One Big Neighborhood” winter festival (2/16-2/22). It’s being put on by Northwest Folklife and the Seattle Center. We’ll have a table there on Saturday (2/16). Come on by and make a zine with us! The multi-day festival is a youth and family program that provides opportunities to share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic, and traditional arts for present and future generations.
Saturday’s (2/16) theme is “Youth Rising.” Performances will include the School of Rock House Band, Lil Brown Girls Club, and others!
Sunday’s (2/17) theme is “Expressions of Asia.” There will be martial arts, dancing, and much more.
Monday’s (2/18) theme is “Beats and Rhymes Hip Hop” and is being presented by 206 Zulu.
Tuesday’s (2/19) theme is “Rhythms and Motion” and will include Seattle Drum School and majorette dances.
Wednesday’s (2/20) theme is “Middle Eastern Folk Traditions.” There will be plenty of dancing.
Thursday’s (2/21) theme is “Festa Brazil!” and will include world music and Brazilian capoeira.
The festivities conclude on Friday (2/22) with “Roots of America.”
Whether you’re interested in breakdancing or taiko drumming; Appalachian dance or learning a Jimi Hendrix tune on ukulele, it’ll be One Big Neighborhood – one that Town Hall is so fortunate to be a part of.