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The 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival Goes Virtual

By Emma Colosia

The 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival Goes Virtual

Enjoy the 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival on their website, Facebook and Twitch!

It’s almost Memorial Weekend! And like every year, we were looking forward to the Annual Northwest Folklife Festival. Sadly, due to COVID restrictions, this year, the festival will be going virtual, but the event looks as amazing as ever.

The Festival organized a free virtual experience you can join from May 28th to 30th on diverse platforms. It will feature multiple program channels and an online marketplace that’ll bring together artists, artisans and creatives. There will be live music, workshops, storytelling, and other cultural events for people of all ages.

 

The lineup has not been fully released; however, the Festival’s website mentions that they will have music from Africa and Asia and different genres like Cajun, Reggae, Bluegrass, Celtic and Blues. The confirmed artists include the Anzanga Marimba Ensemble, Amanda Mata, 45th St Brass and Bellows & Squawk.

 

 

The online workshops include: 

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Songwriter Circles

Where you can share and play your own original songs (you can be just a listener too).

Fiber Arts – Pounding Flowers

Learn how to make fiber art displays and crafts without a lot of tools and materials. This workshop is ideal for adults and children.

Flamenco Danzarte Children Dancers

A class led by experienced Flamenco teacher Ana Montes for children from the ages of 4 who love dancing and corporal expression.

The Festival will launch its full schedule on May 17th. We’ll keep you posted!

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