Programs on Local Culture

Northwest Folklife Festival 40th Anniversary

Northwest Folklife Festival 40th Anniversary, 2011

Selected as a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress in 1999, the Northwest Folklife Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Every year since 1972 the Northwest Folklife Festival has been presented at Seattle Center on Memorial Day Weekend. In those forty years, the focus of the Festival has grown to reflect the ever growing number of communities that call the Northwest home. Visitors from all over the world come to Seattle Center to take part in the weekend's activities, but the focus remains local-all performers are from the Northwest.

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Bells of the Sound Christmas Concert

Bells of the Sound Christmas Concert, 2011

Bells of the Sound, a nationally acclaimed handbell ensemble has been pioneering their artistry and excellence since 1989. Known for their high-caliber, energetic and entertaining performances, BotS is a dynamic force advancing handbells into the mainstream and encouraging composers to create new works. 4CTV was excited to capture one of last years' concerts, The Sound of Christmas, held at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church.

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2nd Annual Seattle Latino Film Festival

2nd Annual Seattle Latino Film Festival, 2011

The Seattle Latino Film Festival celebrates the art and entertainment of Latin American cinema. SLFF is dedicated to the promotion of new achievements in independent films, and to honoring the work of directors, producers and actors that recognize the richness and diversity of Spanish language cinema. This annual film festival brings us the opportunity to bring audiences and filmmakers together for an extravagant cultural experience and to support the art of film making as a part of global Hispanic culture. Join us to meet the founder, Jorge Enrique Gonzales Pacheco and the guest of honor, Director Leon Ichaso and experience highlights of the Second Annual Seattle Latino Film Festival.

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Maritime Heritage

Maritime Heritage, 2010

Puget Sound history is maritime history - from the Native American canoe culture, through today's ferry system, international maritime trade and wooden boatbuilding traditions. Learn about your opportunities to experience our region's maritime heritage firsthand. The organizations highlighted here are featured in Destination Heritage: a Guide to Historic Places around King County, a project of Preservation and Heritage 4Culture.

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Northwest Railway Museum

Northwest Railway Museum, 2009

Come with us on a visit to the Northwest Railway Museum! This museum in North Bend is the most comprehensive railway museum in Washington and is visited by over 80,000 people a year. On the National Register of Historic Places and the King County/Snoqualmie Landmarks Register, it is the centerpiece of the City of Snoqualmie's Historic District. The museum's collection of railway equipment is one of the most significant in the United States and is representative of Northwest railroading. Museum Programs include the School Train, Day Out With Thomas™, Halloween Train and the wildly popular Santa Train.

Alaska Yukon Pacific Centennial: Model T Endurance Run

Alaska Yukon Pacific Centennial: Model T Endurance Run, 2009

Documenting the 2009 Ocean-to-Ocean Endurance Run, setting off from White Plains, New York 54 vintage Model Ts drove west nearly - 4,000 miles - to reach Seattle in celebration of the 2009 A-Y-P Centennial. The video follows the Model Ts from Snoqualmie Pass to Seattle, driving along remnants of the old highway and highlighting the local festivities that welcomed them to King County.

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The AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival

The AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival, 2009

The AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival, now in its 14th year, is the largest Jewish event in the Pacific NW and the 5th largest of its kind in the US. 2009's theme, GO GREEN! - Sustaining Community & Global Identity Through Film & Promoting Energy Independence, artfully taught how "going green" is a core Jewish value through selected eco films, a ground-breaking eco art exhibit, a showroom of electric and bio diesel cars and culminating Closing Day "Green Faith/Faithfully" Panel of green artists, non-profits, religious leaders and eco advocates. Meet the people behind this event and sample some of the highlighted films.

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Essential Seattle at MOHAI

Essential Seattle at MOHAI, 2009

Join us for a visit to MOHAI (the Museum of History & Industry) and meet Ex. Dir. Leonard Garfield who walks us through Essential Seattle, a major exhibit examining more than 150 years of Seattle history with compelling images, artifacts, films, and oral histories. Celebrate the centennial of the AYPE by viewing amazing photographs from the time when Seattle made its mark by hosting the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exhibition. Get a sneak peek at the early twentieth century Arts and Crafts Movement in the Northwest exhibit which showcases significant buildings, interiors, furniture, glass and more with over one hundred objects drawn from public and private collections.

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Pratt Fine Arts

Pratt Fine Arts, 2009

Named after assassinated civil-rights leader Edwin T. Pratt and operating since 1976, Pratt Fine Arts Center has offered art classes for everyone and workspace for artists in its Seattle Central District facilities. Serving approximately 3,400 students a year, Pratt's classes ignite creativity throughout the community. Let's visit the site where the imagination of students and arts faculty make prints, jewelry, glass, stone and bronze become real.

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Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd, 2009

Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theatre, has the mission "To make dance accessible, without limitations, to the community" and is fulfilling it brilliantly. In this profile, Donald shares with us the vision and philosophy of his work.

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telly award

Telly Award Winner, 2009

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, 2007

The first interpretive museum exhibition to tell the story of the profound influence and impact of Latinos in American popular music and rich with artifacts, instrument interactives, listening kiosks and films, American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music opened at EMP|SFM on October 13. Walk through the 5,000-square-foot exhibit with us as we look at the five major centers of Latino popular music production in the post-World War II United States—New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio, and San Francisco.

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Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, La Casa de Arte, 2005

A day to remember and pay homage to those who have passed on. a day to remember and pay homage to those who have passed on. Join us at La Casa de Artes annual production of "the Day of the Dead", a day to remember and pay homage to those who have passed on. Originating in Mexico, this colorful celebration incorporates music, dance, and visual art and is being enjoyed by a rapidly growing audience.