The 43rd annual Northwest Folklife festival features more than 5,000 performers from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Monday, May 23-26, at Seattle Center.
Whatcom County performers at the festival include Br'er Rabbit, Giant's Causeway, members of the Bellingham Circus Guild, the Northern Contraband, Robert Sarazin Blake, the Gallus Brothers and Sky Colony.
One of the new programs is folklife's partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival, with dozens of films screening at the festival, including "Wheedle's Groove," "'The Lunchbox," and, in tribute to Pete Seeger, "Power of Song."
Northwest Folklife has also added visual arts to the festival lineup in a new way, with the inaugural PaperStock poster show and a hands-on fiber arts area. Paperstock will feature some of the Northwest's best poster artists, including the work of many popular concert poster and silk screen print artists working today. There also will be onsite screen printing and fiber arts demonstrations.
The festival is free, but donations are encouraged. Details: nwfolklife.org.