Experience Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival

Join us at Seattle Center Festál: Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, at Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Pavilion Rooftop. Live Aloha Hawaiian attracts enthusiastic crowds with Hawaiian spirit, live music, dance, authentic foods, ethnic items for sale, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on learning for guests of all ages.

Live Aloha Festival is a family friendly one-day event with two stages of music featuring Hawaiian hula and entertainment as well as over 70 Hawaiian food and craft vendors. This year’s festival theme is Voyaging, with discussions about Hokule’a, navigation by the stars and the migration of Hawaiians to the Pacific Northwest with a special workshop hosted by Billy Richards of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Other activities include Hawaiian language and hulu workshops with Kumu Hula Hina Wong, ukulele performances and lei making.

Headlining the line-up of entertainment is the band Ho’Aikāne, the highly popular Hawaiian reggae band from Kona. With hit songs like “Kona Red,” “Sweet Okole” and “Recipe,” Ho’Aikāne music has been and continues to be number one on the Hawaii music charts.

For more information, visit Live Aloha’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/livealohafestival/

Or website: http://www.seattlelivealohafestival.com/

Seattle Center Festál brings to light the culturally rich communities who shape the character of our region. Although the series began in 1997, its origins stretch back to when ethnic communities were planting their roots here. For many of them, Seattle Center served as a central place, where they could invite the public to join in their unique cultural expression. Some festivals were formed in response to wars or ethnic displacement and others to unite their communities, educate the public and dispel stereotypes. Now at 21 years, Festál producers are seeking to sustain their festivals with compelling programming that appeals to multiple generations.

Seattle Center Festál is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with Live Aloha Committee. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, visit seattlelivealohafestival.com, and to learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

Immerse in the Tibetan Culture at Tibet Fest

Transform your cultural awareness at Seattle Center Festál: Tibet Fest, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26 at Seattle Center Armory. Tibet Fest promotes the culture’s distinct heritage, while involving and educating younger Tibetan generations. It features live music, dance, visual exploration, authentic foods, ethnic items for sale, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on learning for kids and adults.

New to the festival is a performance from a Tibetan Opera that combines folk song, dance, storytelling, chanting and acrobatics for a highly entertaining showing of traditional Tibetan culture.

Among the offerings, guests can explore a typical Tibetan dwelling, sample the region’s different cuisines and try their hand at the culture’s tradition of calligraphy. Other activities and demonstrations include: meditation, dance and song from different parts of Tibet, a photo exhibition, a display of Tibetan artifacts and movie screenings.

For more information, visit: https://www.washingtontibet.org/

 

Seattle Center Festál is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with Tibetan Association of Washington. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, visit washingtontibet.org, and to learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

BrasilFest Aug. 19

Transform your cultural awareness at Seattle Center Festál: BrasilFest, noon – 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, at Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Pavilion Rooftop. BrasilFest introduces the broader community to this dynamic and diverse culture, whose homeland is known as the melting pot of South America, with live music, dance, visual exploration, authentic foods, ethnic items for sale, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on learning for kids and adults.

In 1999, Brazilian immigrants brought this high energy festival to Seattle with a mission of introducing the broader community to their arts and traditions at the time of Brazilian Folklore Day. Now, BrasilFest has evolved into a dynamic event that provides a platform for contemporary Brazilian cultural expressions featuring Capoeira presentations, Samba workshops, mask-making activities, drumming performances and Brazilian BBQ demonstrations.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, guests can engage with Brazilian culture and history in a creative and unique way with the BrasilFest timeline. Within the significant dates marked on the timeline, guests put their faces in a cut-out image for a photo opportunity of themselves in traditional Brazilian dress. Another focal point is a large-scale map of Brazil used as an interactive piece to share how guests relate to the regions of the country.

Other featured activities include two panel discussions that involve the audience in conversations about political and social injustices affecting immigrants and artists of color. Young adults Brazilian born, or Americans born to Brazilian parents talk about their challenges and celebrations as Brazilians in the United States. Brazilian and American artists, educators and local arts administrators share their knowledge and research on current events taking place in Brazil and dive into topics such as racism, classism and the activism that have been ignited by leaders such as Zumbi and Marielle Franco.

For full information visit, www.brasilfest.org or the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/BrasilFestSeattle/

Seattle Center Festál is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with community organizations including Brazil Center. Admission is free of charge. For more information on this festival, visit brasilfest.org, and to learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

 

Iranian Festival, Aug. 11

Join Seattle Center Festál for Iranian Festival, 11am–7pm, Saturday, Aug. 11, at Seattle Center Armory. Iranian Festival engages the community in this artistically opulent and expressive culture as it enriches and entertains with live music and dance, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, Persian tea, pastries and food available for purchase, art and jewelry displays and Persian calligraphy.

In its 12th year, Iranian Festival celebrates the theme of Persian Poetry, an integral aspect of Iranian culture spanning from ancient Persia to contemporary Iran. Poetry will be woven into the activities, dance and musical performances.

An all-star guest line-up features top performers and artists from across the United States. Award-winning, Iranian-American chef and cookbook author Najmieh Batmanglij will participate in a cooking demonstration and book signing. Live stage entertainment includes: comedian K-von, best known for his time on the TV show “Last Comic Standing,” fusion vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Hamed Nikpay and New York Times bestselling author, Jasmin Darznik.

For more information, visit the Iranian Festival Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/214670722651472/

Seattle Center Festál is a program of Seattle Center Productions. Admission is free-of-charge. To learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

Polish Festal Seattle, July 7

Please join us for Seattle Center Festál: Polish Festival Seattle, Saturday, July 7, 12pm-8pm, at Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre, and experience the creativity and contributions of Seattle’s long established Polish community.

Create a head wreath with live flowers and greens, learn how to make authentic pierogi, watch dance and music performances – and for the 21+ crowd, enjoy vodka tastings and a beer garden.

New to the Festival this year: a mushroom hunting scavenger hunt based on the popular tradition of hunting for wild mushrooms found in iconic Polish dishes. The Festival will also highlight two special anniversaries: 100 years of Poland’s independence and the 100th anniversary of the Polish Home Association in Seattle commemorated with a special exhibit of the history of the local Polish community.

For full details on Polish Festival Seattle, visit: polishfestivalseattle.org or facebook.com/PolishFestivalSeattle. To learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit Seattle Center or call 206-684-7200.