Shake Off Winter at Spring Festivals

World Rhythm Festival, Community Drum Circle, 2011 Photo: Jú Linares

It’s finally spring, which means many cultural organizations are hosting festivals – great motivation to get out of the house and shake the winter gray out of our bodies. Check out this selection of a few festivals supported by 4Culture’s Sustained Support program.

World Rhythm Festival, Community Drum Circle, 2011 Photo: Jú Linares

Moisture Festival
March 15 – April 8, 2012
Tickets/Fee

The Moisture Festival is the world’s largest Comedy/Varietè festival, running for four weeks every spring in Seattle.Check out the wonderful assortment of performers for the 9th Moisture Festival. Aerialists, jugglers, comedians, dancers, rope acts, bubble acts, clowns, acrobats, can can girls, strong women, strong men, tap dancers, drill teams, musical numbers, the weird and the wonderful- all keeping the tradition of Comedy/Varietè/Vaudeville alive.

 

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
April 13-15, 2012
Seattle Center, Center House Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion
Free

Explore Seattle’s deep connections with Japan and celebrate the beauty of spring at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. Presented by the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee. Seattle Center Festál, part of The Next Fifty in 2012 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, presents a series of 21 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more.

 

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
April 14 – 22, 2012
Tickets/Fee

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival supports community building by providing opportunities for artists and audiences to connect using the medium of film as a catalyst for dialogue that leads to social change. Opening night features filmmaker and former NFL player Matthew Cherry will be on hand to open the 2012 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival with his new film, The Last Fall. This is Cherry’s first feature film.

 

World Rhythm Festival
April 27 – 29, 2012
Seattle Center, Center House & Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle
Free

The Seattle World Percussion Society (SWPS) celebrates and supports Seattle’s vibrant web of world rhythm and dance teachers, performers, and activities. This year they are presenting their 19th Annual World Rhythm Festival, a 3 days packed with an amazing range of world music traditions. Through experiencing the infectious rhythms of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, India, Asia, and Native America, people of all ages and cultures discover the pulse of creativity we share across all cultures. SWPS produces this annual event at Seattle Center. Drawing regional, national and international world music artists and participants, the WRF is one of largest events of its kind in the world. Over 70 performances and participatory workshops highlight rhythm and dance traditions from around the planet, including one day of special programming for kids and families.