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The Quilt Sessions

  • 3:00PM - Benjamin Hunter
  • Julia Francis w Darren Loucas
  • Jamaar Smiley
  • Mason Marcus Turner
  • Monoclub
  • Athr
  • Derek Edamura, LJ Cronin & Benjamin Hunter Interview
  • Kitty Junk
  • Lew Jones Act
  • The Kicheko Project
  • FMD Enero
  • Mark Wand
  • Doug Rusk
  • Terra Nobody
  • Barry Sebastian
  • Vivian & Benjamin Interview

Folklife Film Forum

  • 1:00pm - Vanishing Seattle: Central District, Wa NA WARI
  • 1:30pm - mother of pearl
  • 2:00pm - Aidan
  • 2:30pm - Pili Ka Moʻo
  • 3:00pm - York's Lament
  • 3:30pm - A Heart Free
  • 4:00pm - Take Hands

Converge Mural Stage (Live)

  • 11:00AM - Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band
  • 12:00PM - Siam Smile Thai Classical and Folk Dance
  • 12:45PM - Bonglang Ruam Jai
  • 1:40PM - Banda Vagos
  • 2:30PM - Morning Star Korean Cultural Center
  • 4:00M - The Pine Hearts
  • 4:45PM - Richie and the Walnuts
  • 5:30-6:00pm - The Faux Paws
  • 7:20PM - Global Heat
  • 7:20PM - Planet Fly
  • 8:15PM - Afrosonics
  • 9:20PM - The Braxmatics

The Quilt Sessions

  • 3:00 PM - Francisca Flores Garcia_President's Message
  • Judd Wasserman
  • Haley Graves
  • James Dean Cotton
  • Kimo Muraki
  • Francisca Flores Garcia & Benjamin Interview
  • Carter Wilson
  • Rev Sekou & Benjamin Interview
  • Harvey Neibulski
  • Erika Lundahl
  • Pink Camel
  • Kenya & Benjamin Interview
  • Mason Marcus Turner
  • Meera bhajans by Suchitra Iyer
  • Luther Ray
  • Ari Joshua
  • Simon Okelo

Folklife Film Forum

  • 1:00pm - Vanishing Seattle: Chinatown-International District, Bush Garden
  • 1:30pm - Artifact
  • 2:00pm - Folk Floor
  • 2:30pm - Thank You Trees
  • 3:00pm - ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught)
  • 3:30pm - Stay Well, Stay Awake
  • 4:30pm - A Drive to Top Surgery

Converge Mural Stage (Live)

  • 11:00AM - Klez Chaos
  • 11:50AM - The Klein Party
  • 2:00PM - Bahia in Motion
  • 3:00PM - Samba Olywa
  • 3:00PM - Northwest Junior Pipe Band
  • 4:30PM - Je Ka Jo

The Quilt Sessions

  • 3:00 PM - Savi Louise
  • Naomi cooper
  • Osem i Devet
  • Uuhai Band Part I
  • D'Mario D. Carter
  • No Idol Music
  • Steve and Kristi Nebel
  • Ayesha Brooks
  • Eliza & Benjamin Interview
  • WES SP8 (Speight)
  • Kate Berreth
  • Aaron J. Shay
  • Jam Town Howdy Band
  • Yeti set go
  • Jacqueline (Jaye) Ware

Folklife Film Forum

  • 1:00pm - Sojourn
  • 1:30pm - The Reluctant Radical
  • 2:45pm - SŪKŪJULA TEI (Stories of my Mother)
  • 3:15pm - No Soy Oscár
  • 3:45pm - Rooted
  • 4:00pm - The Last Attempt
  • 4:20pm - Don't Put Her Down

Converge Mural Stage (Live)

  • 11:00AM - Path with Art Veteran's Choir
  • 3:10PM - Dance with Dora
  • 6:30PM - Playerz of Instrument
  • 7:20PM - Lion Of Judah Band

The Quilt Sessions

  • 3:00pm - Ella-Bella Bee & the Pollinators
  • Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women's Choir
  • Dr Mel & The SQUIDminders - Ukraine
  • Merri Ann Osborne
  • Wendy Joseph
  • Uuhai Band Part II
  • Shahrazad

Folklife Film Forum

  • 1:00pm - Sky Aelans
  • 1:30pm - life is a gift
  • 2:00pm - Weckuwapok (The Approaching Dawn)
  • 2:30pm - Our Stories
  • 3:00pm - Taky Kimura - The Heart of The Dragon
  • 3:30pm - Terra Nostra
  • 4:30pm - Manahini



General FAQ’s


Indoor venues require proof of vaccination - wristbands can be obtained at vaccination verification stands located at Theater Commons, Alki courtyard, Founders Court, and Fisher Green.

Will masks be required?

We strongly encourage attendees to wear masks. Masks are required for indoor venues including Fisher Pavilion (Warren’s Roadhouse) and the Cornish Courtyard (Choral Courtyard).

Why is Northwest Folklife requiring Vaccination at the 2022 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. 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.

Additionally, as a City of Seattle partner and contractor, we are still required to have all staff/employees, volunteers (including Festival performers and presenters), subcontractors (including vendors, merchants, and sponsors) provide vaccine verification.

Who is required to show proof of vaccination at the festival?

Staff, artists, volunteers, vendors, and contractors are required to show proof of vaccination at the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Audience members are required to show proof of vaccination to enter certain venues.



What do you consider ‘fully vaccinated?’ Do I need to have a booster?

We are following the most up-to-date CDC guidance around what is considered ‘fully vaccinated’. Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. ‘Up-to-date’ means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Currently, we require all artists, staff, volunteers and vendors be fully-vaccinated. However, we strongly encourage all to be up-to-date with their boosters.

What will you accept as proof of vaccination?

Acceptable types of verification include:

  • Vaccine card or photo of vaccine card.

  • Documentation from a health care provider.

  • State immunization information system record.

  • Printed certificate or digital record from MyIRmobile, WA Verify, or other apps

  • For an individual who was vaccinated outside of the United States, a reasonable equivalent of any of the above.


Will this policy change? How will changes be communicated?

Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center reserve the right to make adjustments to our safety policies in response to city, county, state, and/or federal requirements as well as changes in the status of COVID-19 case counts in our region. All updates will be communicated via email to festival participants and Community Coordinators. We will communicate with attendees and the general public through our website, e-newsletter, and social media channels.

Do children need to be vaccinated?

For Audience members, everyone over the age of 12 must show proof of vaccination to visit our mandatory vaccination venues. Under 12’s are not required to show proof of vaccination, but are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

For performers, everyone over the age of 5 must show proof of vaccination to participate.





Artist Specific FAQ’s

Will you allow any exemptions or accommodations to the vaccination requirement?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept negative covid tests in lieu of vaccination for any artists 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.



Can I send you my proof of vaccination ahead of time?

We will collect proof of vaccination after artists have been selected and first confirmations have gone out. Further instructions on how to submit proof will be sent to selected artists in March.

Are we required to wear masks when we perform?

Performers are not required to wear masks while performing. Masks are required while backstage.

This information is subject to change as we get closer to the festival and will be updated accordingly. The most up-to-date guidelines will be communicated to selected artists in their final confirmation letters.

Are we required to wear masks backstage?

Yes, artists are required to wear masks while backstage.

My group has some members that are too young to be eligible for vaccination. Can they perform?

Northwest Folklife is requiring proof of vaccination from any performer who is eligible to receive the vaccine, which is currently 5 and up. Under 5s will still be able to perform, but are encouraged to wear a mask when possible.






Audience Specific FAQ’s

Are you requiring audience members to be vaccinated?

Audience members aged 12 and up are required to show proof of vaccination to enter vaccine mandatory venues. A full list of vaccine mandatory venues will be provided closer to the festival.

Will you allow any exemptions or accommodations?

Northwest Folklife will not allow exemptions to access vaccine-mandatory venues. However, there are many venues where vaccines are not mandatory for audience members.

How will you check vaccination status? Can I send you my proof ahead of time?

Northwest Folklife will have a number of vaccine checkpoints placed throughout the festival. Attendees can show proof of vaccination at these points and get a wristband that is good for the whole weekend, which they will need to access vaccine-mandatory venues. We are not able to verify proof of vaccination before the festival, so attendees must bring proof of vaccination with them.

Vaccination verification stands will be at Theater Commons, Alki courtyard, Founders Court and Fisher Green.

What will you accept as proof of vaccination?

Acceptable types of verification include:

  • Vaccine card or photo of vaccine card.

  • Documentation from a health care provider.

  • State immunization information system record.

  • Printed certificate or digital record from MyIRmobile, WA Verify, or other apps

  • For an individual who was vaccinated outside of the United States, a reasonable equivalent of any of the above.



Are masks required?

We strongly encourage attendees to wear masks. Masks are required for indoor venues including Fisher Pavilion (Warren’s Roadhouse) and the Cornish Courtyard (Choral Courtyard).

Can I bring my child who is too young to be vaccinated?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination at the Northwest Folklife Festival. However, we strongly encourage under 12s who have not been vaccinated to wear masks, particularly at our indoor venues.

Are those who are too young to be vaccinated required to show a negative covid test to access vaccination -only venues?

We are not requiring those who are too young to be vaccinated to show proof of a negative covid test. However, we strongly encourage frequent testing for this group before and after being in large, crowded settings. Free testing sites can be found here.




Vendor Specific FAQ’s

Will you allow any exemptions or accommodations to the vaccination requirement?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept negative covid tests in lieu of vaccination for any 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 Northwest Folklife vendors are considered contractors.

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. While we understand there are reasons vaccination is not possible, this decision is guided by our commitment to the health of our community.




Volunteer Specific FAQ’s

What safety measures will you put in place to protect volunteers?

All our staff, contractors, volunteers and vendors are fully vaccinated. We invite you to also take a look at our Safe Work Plan, which will be regularly updated as regulations change. (link to safe work plan when it is ready).

If you prefer to volunteer outdoors or in a position where you have less contact with the general public, please let our volunteer coordinator know. We want all our volunteers to feel comfortable while at the Northwest Folklife Festival.

All volunteers will be provided with hand sanitizer, disposable masks, and gloves.

Are masks mandatory for volunteers?

For the safety of our staff, patrons, and peers we will require volunteers at indoor venues and other select locations, as well as those working in "back of house" roles to wear masks.