4Culture, King County TV and Northwest Folklife partnered to produce this documentary about 40 years of Seattle’s signature Festival. The Director and longtime Festival volunteers tell host Vivian Phillips about what this festival means to our region and what makes it unique. Get a deeper understanding of the impact this Festival has on us with highlights from 40 continuous years of community engagement.
Selected as a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress in 1999, the Northwest Folklife Festival is a year-round 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. This four-day Festival attracts an audience of about 250,000 visitors and has over 6,000 volunteer performers and 800 volunteers. 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 hail from communities in the Northwest. The Folklife Festival is a truly Northwest experience, our diversity and our commonality told through music and dance. Experience The Festival’s 40th Anniversary and get ready for the upcoming 2012 Festival!