Bumbershoot ARTS

The 45th anniversary of Bumbershoot comes to Seattle Center September 5, 6 and 7. In preparing for this year, One Reel and AEG announced an exciting new collaboration to preserve and revitalize Seattle’s hometown arts celebration, which has always reflected the unique character of this region.

This year’s Festival will continue to focus on presenting 40% of artists from right here in our backyard, both locally and regionally. This community creates a special experience where thousands of artists have had their first festival performance, first international media exposure, their breakthrough career performance, or the last performance of a legendary career on the famed Bumbershoot stages.

Often cited as one of the country’s top five arts and music Festivals, Bumbershoot showcases scores of Seattle and Northwest arts organizations, artists and project producers alongside national and international artists across all arts disciplines – music, film, dance, visual and literary arts, spectacle, comedy and children’s programming.

This year’s Festival will showcase:

  • 90 Bands on 5 stages
  • 67 Comedians in 39 showcases
  • 66 Visual Artists in 5 curated exhibits
  • 65 Dancers in 5 showcases
  • 61 Writers/Speakers in 13 programs
  • 41 Short Films in 18 thematic showcases

One Reel’s Artistic Director, Chris Weber, who is in his 6th year of programming Bumbershoot started his work with a goal of providing everyone who attends with the opportunity to discover something new. I want every attendee to leave inspired and to continue their exploration of arts and culture.” Here are some of the highlights of this year’s arts programming presented by One Reel:

COMEDY – Comedians Solomon Georgio, Emmett Montgomery and Monica Nevi who will bring local laughs to an international lineup that includes Hari Kondabolu, Puddles Pity Party and Kevin Smith and Matt Mira’s FRASIER centric podcast Talk Salad and Scrambled Eggs.

DANCE – Dance returns with the 3-day breakin’ competition REIGN SUPREME and MaximumVELOCITY, a contemporary dance showcase, curated by Velocity Dance.

VISUAL ARTS – Much of this year’s visual arts programming has been transitioned onto Festival grounds to reach a larger audience. This includes seven contemporary artworks by Seattle artists curated by Office of Arts and Culture. In addition, Art Primo presents Street Art Pop Up featuring five local street artists. Plus, three indoor exhibitions including the Between Garage and Grunge Exhibit by local curators Larry Reid and Martin Imbach, The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show organized by a trio of International curators Pepe Menendez (Havana), Daniel R. Smith (Seattle) and Iman Raad (Tehran) and the Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster Exhibit featuring Gretchen Francis Bennett.

WORDS AND IDEAS – Authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter will tape their popular podcast, A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, from Bumbershoot. Portland’s Live Wire with Luke Burbank which will showcase performances and interviews with Bumbershoot acts for broadcast to over 65 public radio stations across the country. For the 6th year in a row, Bumbershoot will feature its popular writers of television series with FOX’s hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

As in previous years, the arts programming presented by One Reel is made stronger with collaborations and partnerships, including: American Poster Institute, Art Primo, EMP Museum, Extraordinary Futures, Girl Friday, Office of Arts & Culture, Office of Film + Music, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Theatre Group, The Vera Project, Theatre Puget Sound, USC Events and Velocity Dance.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony will take place on the Eve of Bumbershoot- Friday, September 4th – at 4pm at the Mural Amphitheatre. The Ceremony is open and free to the public and will honor:

  • Cultural Ambassador: Dr. Robin Wright
  • Arts & Innovation: Akio Takamori
  • Cultural Preservation: Densho
  • Future Focus: Seattle JazzED
  • Creative Industries: Daniel Brown

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented by the Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture with support from One Reel, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Boeing, City Arts and Classic Catering.

One Reel’s Interim Director Heather Smith wants to share how honored she is to be heading an organization that has been a part of Bumbershoot’s special history – and dedicated to being thoughtful stewards of its future. Since 1972, One Reel has a history of producing independent, non-profit arts events in the Northwest, fueling civic pride through signature experiences that foster growth and development in community and the arts.