Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival and The Black Arts Fest

Before going to the Philippine Festival, the Admiral wanted to go down to the Waterfront Park to check out some typr of family Festival going on down there but first we stopped to get some pics of the New Sculpture at the Seattle Art Museum's Sculpture Gardens "Echo" which is lit up at night as a beacon to all those coming to Seattle by water.

Sometimes the old and beautiful nymph Echo would distract and amuse Zeus' wife, Hera, with long and entertaining stories while Zeus took advantage of the moment to ravish the other mountain nymphs. When Hera discovered the trickery, she was so annoyed she punished the talkative Echo by taking away her voice, except in foolish repetition of another's shouted words. Thus, all Echo could do was repeat the voice of another see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_(mythology)

WE saw "The Not It's":  http://youtu.be/4LgFGlHztb0

You use the spring board to place a fish on and step on it to spring the fish into the Penguins basket 

Pagdiriwang is the Filipino word for “celebration.”  The festival celebrates important aspects of Philippine culture, arts and history with the theme, “The Sarimanok Soars.”

I was just wondering if this was Leslie's lost Father, he shows up with his disco ball and dances at most of the festivals.
Where else can you hear all this cultural music for free?

Even Philippine Hip Hop

Non Stop Dancing!

A litlle bit of Africa

It's interesting what different religions teach, even more interesting what they do not teach.

Just another invention by a Black American

Even though the crowd was small she was pretty captivating.

Only 180 years ago.

This guy had some type of synthesizer built onto the body of a guitar like instrument, He was a great 1 man band! Check out Michael Powers and his instrument at http://www.michaelpowersmusic.com/

You can see the crown is small outside as well, These dudes play to the younger generation.
Seattle Blues at it's finest, this guy was smooth as silk. Sorry I can't remember his name. He had the crowd .

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival and The Black Arts Fest

Pagdiriwang is the Filipino word for “celebration.” and my only guess for the small turn out at some of these cultural festivals at Seattle center is that he participation directly reflects the size of that particular culture in the Seattle/King County area. Or it could be that they have only been participating in these annual festivals for just a few years so their festival has not developed to the extent other festivals have. Maybe it is a money thing? But I think it is a population thing.
Either way the best part of the Philippine festival was the food, and often that is the best part of all the festivals to get to eat authentic foods cooked and prepared by the those who have been eating it their whole life. The music and dance is right nest to the food and then depending on how big the festival is you get a small to large dose of the Art, history and literature of the culture.
It was good we spent the early part of the day checking out a family festival at Waterfront Park. I always enjoy a walk along the waterfront, the festival their was geared mainly to families with young children so we just cruised through just checking it out, Drew can come next year.

Black Arts Fest

"Seattle Center Festál presents Festival Sundiata - Black Arts Fest. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming rhythms, and take in the richness of black culture during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment. The festival is named for legendary 13th century King Sundiata of West Africa's Mali Empire."

There is a difference between the African American Culture here and the culture in the Southern US. The Admiral noticed it to and we would have to live here a lot longer to figure it out or to understand it but of course there is a difference in the Anglo population in the PNW as well compared to the South. I'll just blame it on the climate differences but of course there is a lot more than that. One thing is the same and that is the Blues! We had the most fun at The blues and soul stage and spent most of our time there. The food is different, no southern comfort food at all. South wins on the food court!. The other part that is the same is the early history of Black Americans and through the trial these people have lived through they certainly speak with one voice. Al l of our lives have been graced with the music, dance and Art of this wonderful and colorful community.
There are are several types of festivals at Seattle Center:

Upcoming Festivals Year-round--sunshine or rain--Seattle Center celebrates the flourishing communities and cultures that make the city vibrant. The Center comes alive with every stage, pavilion and arena offering treats for the sense. 

Northwest Folklife FestivalMay 24 - 27, 2013
Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts FestivalAugust 31 – September 2, 2013
Festál Cultural Festivals *Year-round event dates
Movies at the MuralJuly 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 25, 2013 at 9 PM
Seattle International Film Festival 2013May 16 –June 9, 2013
Seattle PrideFestJune 30, 2013
The Groupon Bite of SeattleJuly 19 - 21, 2013
Whirligig!April 6 - 21, 2013

Only three of the above require $$ for admission, The Bumbershoot, the International film Festival, and the Groupon Bite of Seatlle. All the rest are free but if you go you will spend on the food for sure, it's just to good to pass up.

* Festál Cultural Festivals 
Festál, presented by Seattle Center in partnership with community organizations, is a year-long series of FREE events that honors the cultural richness and diversity of the Pacific Northwest.  Festál plays a vital part in Seattle Center efforts to connect our dynamic and varied communities.
Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New YearJanuary 25-26, 2014
Irish FestivalMarch 15-16, 2014
Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking CulturesMarch 23, 2014
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural FestivalApril 25-27, 2014
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month CelebrationMay 4, 2014
Spirit of West AfricaMay 10, 2014
A Glimpse of China: Chinese Culture and Arts FestivalMay 17, 2014
43rd Annual Northwest Folklife FestivalMay 23-26, 2014
Pagdiriwang Philippine FestivalJune 7-8, 2014
Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts FestJune 14-15, 2014
Iranian FestivalJune 28, 2014
Polish Festival SeattleJuly 12, 2014
Indigenous Cultures DayAugust 16, 2014
BrasilFestAugust 17, 2014
Tibet FestAugust 23-24, 2014
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural FestivalSeptember 7, 2014
Seattle Fiestas PatriasSeptember 13-14, 2014
Italian FestivalSeptember 27-28, 2014
CroatiaFestOctober 5, 2014
TurkFestOctober 18-19, 2014
Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our DepartedNovember 1-2, 2014
Hmong New Year CelebrationNovember 8, 2014
Not sure if any other city does so much to enhance the quality of life for their citizens when it comes to providing entertainment and fun. The Largest of the events we have seen include the BumberShoot, Pride Fest, and the Folk Festival in that order. It doesn't hurt that we live just three blocks away from all this.

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