Festál: Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest, June 16 – 17

 

Transform your cultural awareness at Seattle Center Festál: Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest, Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m., June 16-17, at Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion Rooftop and Mural Amphitheatre. The Festival provides a stage to share African American heritage and inspiration with the broader community through live music, dance, visual arts, ethnic items for sale, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on learning for kids and adults.

Bands, Rose Royce, best known for hit singles such as “Car Wash” and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” and Midnight Star headline the live entertainment for the weekend with performances on the Mural Amphitheater Stage.

A new art display called “The Ultimate Art Experience” on the Fisher Roof features artwork, children’s activities including African Doll making, robot building with Seattle Public Library and a small stage for spoken word, acoustical acts and small band performances. Also on display, The Traveling American Museum: The Unspoken Truth highlights an assortment of artifacts that symbolizes the African experience in the Americas and Europe.

Launched in 1981 to gather African Americans for a heritage celebration, the festival provides a venue for the community to participate in a shared culture – and to share the culture with all ethnicities who join in the packed weekend of activities and entertainment.

In addition, a variety of food offerings will be available at Taste of Sundiata, along with a special candy making class lead by Chef Michael Poole. Twelve guests will be selected to participate in the candy making class, while all are welcome to observe.

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: Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with Sundiata African American Cultural Association. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, visit http://www.festivalsundiata.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.

About Seattle Center Festál

This illuminating series of 23 ethnic cultural festivals on weekends throughout the year seeks to connect people in ways that build understanding, dispel stereotypes and generate pride among the generations who participate in these shared experiences. Seattle Center Festál is produced with the generous support of KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, Coca-Cola, Alaska Airlines, T-Mobile, 4Culture. the City of Seattle and Seattle Center Foundation.

Festál: Spirit of Indigenous People

Native peoples from tribes across the country gather to celebrate their unique cultures and traditions at Seattle Center Festál: Spirit of Indigenous People. All are invited to attend and partake in activities on Saturday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre Stage.

This year, Rona Yellow Robe, singer/songwriter and two-time Native American Music Award (NAMA) winner for Native Flute Player of the Year, performs live along with Cody Blackbird Band, the 2017 NAMA winner for Group of the Year. Performing over 1,500 shows, Cody Blackbird Band fuses traditional Native American flute music with blues, heartland rock and multicultural jam-band sounds. Rounding out the line-up, Daisy Chain Band performs a blend of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, hip hop and reggae.

In addition to the superstar musical line-up, live art demonstrations take place on Mural Amphitheatre stage with the Lummi Youth Canoe Group. Enjoy and shop at the Native Art Mart featuring a diverse display of the artwork in various forms—painted, carved, sculpted and digital. Discover the Canoe Family Exhibit highlighting the beauty and cultural richness through stories and authentic canoes.

The Spirit of Indigenous People Festival brings together traditional and contemporary Native artists, performers, and vendors to share their cultures with the community and promote the importance of Native traditions and ways of life. This is done through storytelling, and workshops and demonstrations that allow for hands-on learning for kids and adults.

The gathering has grown in participation and diversified since its inception. While the festival provides an opportunity for Native people to come together in ways that cultivate pride and presence of being, it also allows the broader public to peer into the traditions, aspirations and creative expression of the nation’s First People.

 

Spirit of Indigenous People joined the Festál series in 2011 with a focus on Natives as the indigenous people of North America.

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 Seattle Indian Health Board. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, visit www.sihb.org/spirit-indigenous-people/ 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.

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, June 2-3

Explore a variety of activities and demonstrations rooted in the theme of “Salinlahi,” also known as “generation,” at Seattle Center Festál: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3 at Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Center grounds.

Pagdiriwang, commemorating the anniversary of Philippine independence, has grown into the largest festival of Filipino arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest. Activities include:

  • Dance performances by groups of all ages, featuring the indigenous Lumad tribes of Southern Philippines, as well as interactive dance activities such as Tinikling
  • Photography, visual art, artifacts, historical, and culinary art exhibits
  • Readings of plays and poetry
  • Filipino martial arts demonstration
  • Cooking demonstrations, Philippine coffee tasting and food booths
  • Tribal tattoo lecture and demonstration
  • Lecture on Baybayin form of writing
  • Children’s hands-on activities, such as, yo-yo and sungka (a Filipino table game)

For full event details visit: festalpagdiriwang.com

 

Seattle Center Festál: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington. 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.

 

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.

 

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.