Festál: API Heritage Month Celebration

Visit Seattle Center Festál: Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month Celebration, 11:45 am to 5 pm, Sunday, May 6, in Seattle Center Armory to experience the heritage and diversity of the region’s rich API presence at a youthful and lively festival.

API Heritage Month Celebration highlights the rich cultural diversity of the region’s API community through demonstrations such as Wu Shu Martial Arts, activities for all ages including face

painting and lei making, traditional and contemporary dishes from Incredibowls Food Truck and the popular hum bow eating contest and performances by Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team.

This year’s Celebration features Luna Lee, YouTube sensation boasting 152,000 subscribers and international Gayageum player who infuses traditional Korean instrumentals with contemporary musical hits by artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The White Stripes and Pink Floyd. Luna will perform at 3 pm inside the Armory.

For full schedule and additional information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2020469987993204/

Seattle Center Festál: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with The Asian Pacific Directors Coalition. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, visit apiheritage.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.

 

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Seattle’s Cherry Blossom Festival, April 20-22

Join us for Seattle Center Festál: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 in Seattle Center Armory, Seattle Center Pavilion and Fisher Pavilion. You’ll discover and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, artisan demonstrations, hands-on activities, food and games.

New to the 2018 Festival in its 43rd year are Hapa Hafu Heritage Art Expo, which highlights young artists in film, dance, music and other artists expressions. Prominent artists including:

  • Paul Kikuchi, percussionist composter, and discuss his new documentary “9066”
  • Ramon Isao, writer and actor
  • Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura, dancer and choreographer
  • Donna Carpenter Fukushima, mother of Aisha Fukushima

The Festival will highlight the works of Tamiko Thiel, an international media artist whose virtual and augmented reality works explore cultural issues, along with Anime-documentary films and a new work, Be The Match, by Jeff Chiba Stearns and prints by graphic artist Robert Thompson.

Guests from Japan include Hideko Yamashita, founder of DanShaRi, who will speak on decluttering one’s inner world and how to be released from daily stress, and a representative from Banshu Abacus Company in Hyogo, who will share how to make a Soroban abacus. Several dance ensembles will also participate including: Dance Fujima Dance Ensemble, Okinawa Kenjinkai, Kabuki Academy, and the John Stanford Soran Bushi Dancers. Musical guests include: Okinawa Kenjinkai, the Cherry Blossom Trio, Uguisukai, Miyagi Kai Koto and Taiko drumming groups from across the region. Several martial arts groups also will present.

This annual springtime festival offers numerous child-oriented activities as well. Friday focuses on hands-on activities for students, and many of the activities continue through the weekend: calligraphy workshops, play with traditional toys, happi making by Bothell High Japanese Club on Friday, kite making, origami and kirie paper cutting and a special Friday dance workshop.

The festival gift shop offers many Japanese items including books and vintage goods, and a variety of Japanese edibles will be available for purchase including: the Festival’s own gyudon, curry rice, sushi burritos, Spam rice ball, traditional tea and more.

The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Festival, founded 42 years ago, was an early ethnic festival held at Seattle Center. It celebrates the 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japense government during the US Bi-Centennial.

Seattle Center Festál is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. Admission is free-of-charge. Learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming at Seattle Center or call 206-684-7200.

Festál: Seattle’s French Fest, March 25

Transform your cultural awareness at Seattle Center Festál: Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures, 11 am-6 pm, Sunday, March 25, at Seattle Center Armory. Seattle’s French Fest highlights the world’s French speaking cultures, their influences and arts with live music, dance, visual exploration, authentic foods, ethnic items for sale, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on learning for kids and adults.

Originally a celebration of French Independence Day, organizers expanded the event in 2013 to include the larger French speaking world. They also moved the Fest to the third weekend in March to correspond with Francophone Day–and to encourage student participation.

West African Dance group Gansango Music and Dance, 11:30 am on Armory Main Stage, highlights the festival. Joining them on the live music program are: Bienvenue and les Lilas Choir, 11 am; North Seattle French School Choir, 1 pm; Alliance Française Choir, 1:15 pm; Te Fare O Tamatoa, 2 pm; Ҫa Gaze, 3 pm and Goss Productions Music at 5:15 pm.

Demonstrations, workshops and children’s activities happen on the Armory Lofts level including: cooking demos at the Chef’s Stage; wine and champagne tastings in Loft 2; seminars on sacred sites of Southwest France and on the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, documentary film Le Choix de Theo, storytelling and improv in Loft 3; French lessons in Loft 4; and learning seminars in Room 301.

The festival offers a passport activity for children and French foods for sale–from French fries, mussels and merguez sandwiches to croissants, tarts, crêpes, brioches and other baked goods. Festival goers may also purchase home goods and other French imports.

Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures is part of Seattle Center Festál, presented in partnership with Seattle Center. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, visit fenpnw.org, and to learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit Seattle Center or call 206-684-7200.

Festál: Irish Festival, March 17-18

Put on your Irish at Seattle Center Festál: Irish Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, at Seattle Center Armory. The centerpiece of week long festivities in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Festival honors the region’s Irish heritage with jigs, live music and discovery. Festival goers will also find history and art exhibits, authentic foods, ethnic items for sale, workshops and hands-on learning for kids and adults.

This year, the festival offers a daylong Irish Genealogy seminar, 10 am-6 pm, Sunday, in the Armory Lofts. Go to Irish Week for a detailed schedule. Additional workshops include: Irish Women and the Struggle for the Vote, 2 pm; Basic Irish Genealogy, 3 pm and Tips for Visiting Ireland on a 3-5 Star Budget, 4 pm, all on March 17 in Armory room 301. Afternoon cooking demonstrations both days show festival goers how to prepare an Irish meal consisting of Irish Soda Bread, 12:30 pm; Dublin Coddle Irish Stew with bacon, sausages, potatoes and vegetables, 1:30 pm; side dishes, 2:30 pm; and Irish trifle, 3:30 pm, on the Armory Loft level.

Festival entertainment includes Irish music using the harp, cittern, banjo, guitar, pipes, whistles and more presented by local players steeped in traditional song and dance. Listeners will hear a theatrical combination of Irish standards and originals, and they’ll see all kinds of Irish dance enlivened by colorful costumes and the percussive beats of the Irish drum.

Irish Festival offers a variety of hands-on children and family activities. Leprechauns, masked dancers and finger puppets will be on hand in the Children’s Play Area, along with a selection of interactive games and storytelling, 12 pm– 5 pm, on the Loft level. On the Main Stage, kids can compete in Most Irish-looking Face and Smilingest Irish Eyes contests.

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