Northwest Folklife Festival 2017

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May 26-29 is the 46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival! Folklife is a yearly celebration that promotes the arts and cultures that make Washington unique. Over the four day festival, there are over 800 scheduled performances, including music, dance, film, and visual art demonstrations.

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The Northwest Folklife Festival is completely free and takes place throughout Seattle Center. The programming begins at 11:00am every day and ends around 9:00pm. You can view the full schedule, see an area map, and find out what food and shopping vendors will be available on their website.

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Don’t miss out on this amazing event to learn more about the great communities and artists around Seattle!

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– Meg Humphrey

Seattle International Film Festival 2017

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Shoreline Community College is proud to be one of the venues for the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Shoreline Community College’s opening night reception is Friday, May 26. It will feature The Odyssey (France), which is a stunning biopic of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a pioneer of sea exploration.

Some highlights of the films at Shoreline Community College include:

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Becoming Who I Was (South Korea). From the SIFF website: “After a Buddhist boy in the highlands of northern India discovers that he is the reincarnation of a centuries-old Tibetan monk, his aging godfather takes him on a journey to discover his past in a beautiful story of faith and unconditional love.”

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Woodpeckers (Dominican Republic). From the SIFF website: “This hard-hitting but compassionate prison story from Santo Domingo, shot on location with real inmates, tells the love story between two prisoners in neighboring institutions who communicate through an elaborate sign language known as woodpecking.”

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Winnie (France). From the SIFF website: “The absorbing life story of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who fought on the front lines for South African human rights during her husband’s 27-year imprisonment, comes into focus through abundant archival footage and interviews with both her closest friends and those who hoped to silence her.”

Films will be playing all the way through Saturday, June 3rd. You can see the full list of movies playing at Shoreline Community College on the SIFF website, where you can also see the full schedule for all SIFF theaters. Movies are shown in the Shoreline Community College Theatre and tickets are $14 per person, per movie.

– Meg Humphrey

This Weekend: Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is an outstanding event that has been in Seattle’s history for over 40 years! The event is completely free and takes place in Seattle Center in the outdoor Fisher Pavilion and inside the Armory. It spans three days: Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd.

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The festival has many events planned throughout the weekend including many music and martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, and tea ceremony (chado). Every day has a good mix of performances, so if you can’t make it one day, you won’t miss anything!

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You can wander through exhibits featuring flower arranging (ikebana), kimono, kite making, calligraphy, sword polishing, Yoroi armor, and more! There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival. For more details, you can check out their official website here.

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Joe Mabel (GDFL or CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Shoreline Short Short Film Festival

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The first ever Shoreline Short Short Film Festival will take place on Saturday, March 25th! The festival starts at 7:00pm in the Shoreline Community College Theater. Tickets are $20 and they can be bought at the door, or you can reserve them over at the Shoreline Arts Council.

All of the films are three to ten minutes long, and they come from filmmakers all over Washington State. The best films will be honored with prizes and the audience will be able to vote for their favorite. Come and show your support for our local artists, actors, and filmmakers!

– Meg Humphrey