We’re throwing  a party to the launch the new Center for Washington Cultural Traditions and you’re invited. It’s called…


This family-friendly event will feature cultural demonstrations and performances, fun and fascinating hands-on activities, food, music, and much more.


Join us at the Impact Hub: 220 2nd Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98104


Saturday, March 3, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (but drop by any time!)


ALL are welcome! The event is free to attend, and we’ll have activities for the whole family.


No RSVP is required, but you can check and learn more through our Facebook Event page

Highlights at #FolkForward include performances by:

  • Kurdish Iranian percussionist and culture bearer Ahmad Yousefbeigi
  • Mexican-born vocalist and musician Abel Rocha, who is versed in a range of traditional Latin American instruments
  • Vela Luka’s Nicholas Petrish, who will play traditional Croatian music and will lead Croatian dance instruction
  • Tibetan musician and culture bearer Lharik Dhakpa
  • Senegalese Griot/percussionist Thione Diop

We’re also excited to feature:

  • An engaging talk on tribal canoe journeys by Nisqually Tribal Council-member Hanford McCloud, and displays of Nisqually cedar art
  • Indigenous Mexican (Nahuas) amate art displays and demonstration by Maria Casey
  • Maritime traditions by the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation
  • Sumi-e and Japanese calligraphy demonstrations by the Puget Sound Sumi Artists association, featuring founder Fumiko Kimura
  • Classical Indian dance, and a flower mandalas demonstration
  • Madhubani painting display and instruction
  • Traditional Polish crafts and a display on Polish culture
  • An interactive zine-making station
  • Kid-friendly crafts…and more!

Download the event program here.

Download a flyer for the event here.

For more information contact the Center’s Director, Kristin Sullivan, at kristin@humanities.org or 206-682-1770 ext. 107.

(Image: Amate painting by Maria Casey. Photo by Kristin Sullivan)