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2022 Northwest Folklife Festival Applications

Applications are now closed for the 2022 Northwest Folklife Festival

Applications for the 2023 Folklife Festival will be made available in fall of 2022. If you have any other questions, including questions regarding your current application please email programming@nwfolklife.org, or leave a message at 206-684-4189.

Thank you for your interest in performing at the Northwest Folklife Festival!

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement *Updated December 2021*

We are now requiring proof of vaccination for all participants of the 2022 Northwest Folklife festival including staff, volunteers, artists, and vendors. Specific requirements for audience members will be communicated using the most current state, county, city, and/or Seattle Center campus guidelines available, closer to the festival.

This decision is guided by our commitment to the health of our community. The Northwest Folklife festival brings together a diverse, wide-reaching community of all ages and cultural backgrounds from all across the Pacific Northwest. While we understand there are reasons vaccination is not possible, as organizers of an event of this size and reach during this precarious phase of re-opening, we have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of all participants. A COVID-19 vaccine is the best tool to prevent the spread of the virus and is the best tool we can employ to protect each other while gathering in-person to celebrate arts and culture.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept negative covid tests in lieu of vaccination for any artists or vendors who will be onsite at the Northwest Folklife Festival. All Northwest Folklife staff, contractors and volunteers are subject to Executive Order 2021-08, and we have received guidance from Seattle Center and the City that festival performers, vendors, and volunteers fall under the umbrella of “contractors and volunteers.”.

If the situation changes before the festival in regards to the Executive Order, Northwest Folklife will be keeping the mandatory vaccination requirement for all onsite staff, contractors, and volunteers.