FESTIVAL: Northwest Folklife Festival offers diversity in cultural and performing arts Memorial Day weekend

Seattle’s 44th annual Northwest Folklife, one of the country’s largest community-powered arts and culture festival, features more 5,000 performers from more than 65 cultural communities that help to make up the Northwest.

The free festival will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Monday, May 22-25, on the Seattle Center grounds.

This year’s festival is rich with live music, dozens of cultural dance performances, first-time indie-roots showcase curators, new additions to the family-friendly Discovery Zone, and a cultural focus: “Beats, Rhymes & Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches,” with programs that explore the traditional roots of hip-hop in the Northwest.

Among the participants from Whatcom County: Prozac Mtn Boys, Broken Bow Stringband, Wild Rabbit, Jackalope, Strangley, Peadar MacMahon, Robert Sarazin Blake, Andy James and John Roberts.

Details: NWFolklife.org/Festival .