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I am Seattle Center-Sharlese Metcalf

SHARLESE METCALF is a DJ and event producer at KEXP, where she hosts the weekly radio show Audioasis.  For nearly a decade, Sharlese has also booked bands for Concerts at the Mural, presented by Seattle Center and KEXP. “I knew I wanted to work in music, I just really liked music a lot. And I […]

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Festál: Tibet Fest, Aug. 26 & 27

Explore the distinct religious and cultural heritage of the Tibetan people at Seattle Center Festál: Tibet Fest, 11am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27, in Seattle Center Armory and on Fisher Rooftop. Festival organizers share their history and arts-along with messages of love, compassion and kindness-to entertain, engage and educate younger Tibetan generations and […]

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Festál: BrasilFest, Aug. 20

Follow the drumbeats to Seattle Center Festál: BrasilFest, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20 in Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Roof. The festival celebrates Brazil’s African, Portuguese and indigenous roots with classical guitar, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. Brazilian immigrants brought this high energy event to […]

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I am Seattle Center-The Mendonças

ANAPOLA and EDUARDO MENDONҪA started BrasilFest in 1999 and have been its producers ever since. They have a company called Show Brazil, which also brings Brazilian music and performances of all types to the greater Seattle area. Eduardo: “I found Seattle to be a place that embraces cultural diversity.  I’ve stayed here for twenty-plus years […]

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I Am Seattle Center-Mike Winters

MIKE WINTERS, an officer with the campus Emergency Services Unit, has worked security at the Seattle Center for the past 20 years.  He is a popular fixture on campus. “I come here with a smile on my face every day, and I always give a helping hand to those in need. All the vendors know […]

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I Am Seattle Center-Ebony Arunga

EBONY ARUNGA has been working at Seattle Center for eight months, bringing her baby Acello with her every day. She produced Festál’s 20th Anniversary Fete. “We moved here from Kenya when I was seven. In Kenya my mom designed clothes– she had a sewing studio in her garage with four or five tailors who would […]

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Festál-Iranian Festival, Aug. 12

Seattle Center Festál: Iranian Festival, 11am-7pm, Saturday, Aug. 12, in Seattle Center Armory, is dedicated to cultural awareness and education. This year, the festival focuses on the people and cultural innovations of Iran. Underscoring a history of “unity in diversity,” festival performances, lectures, poetry, dance workshops, face painting and cuisine provide a glimpse into this […]

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Free Taiwanese Dance – July 28

Join Seattle Center Festál for a free midday performance of  Feng Hsiang Dance Troupe of Keelung, Taiwan, 12:30pm–1:30pm, Friday, July 28, in Seattle Center Armory. Established in 1993, Feng Hsiang Dance Troupe often represents Taiwan on the world stage. This dynamic dance company uses a mix of folk and classical dance, embellished by brightly colored, […]

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I am Seattle Center-Jody May

JODY MAY has been working at Bite of Seattle since her father started it 35 years ago, and now runs an event company called Festivals Inc, which produces the Bite of Seattle.  Here, she speaks about the Festival’s origins. “Both of my parents were born and raised in New York. When they got married, they […]

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Summer Playground Party, Aug. 5 & 19

Seattle Center and Northwest Folklife Festival are teaming up this August to present Summer Playground Party, an entertainment-packed free event designed just for preteens, 5pm–8pm, Saturday, August 5 and 19, in Next Fifty Plaza at Seattle Center. The parties also serve as pre-events for young people going to Seattle Center Movies at the Mural, 9 p.m., […]

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