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Northwest Folklife is virtual this year

Since its founding in 1972, the Northwest Folklife Festival has brought a kaleidoscope of music, dance and culture to Seattle Center, drawing buskers, vendors and immense, happy crowds.

You know, the opposite of life now.

The lawns, pathways, and buildings of Seattle Center are going to be quiet this weekend, but the festival is carrying on in a virtual form, which you can find Saturday, Sunday and Monday at

Along with livestreamed performances from Pacific Northwest artists, and dance workshops from a cornucopia of styles, there will be a big stack of videos for children, including prerecorded performances and craft ideas. (These will be available starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday).

There’s even a virtual marketplace where you can find folky fare from more than 30 local merchants and artisans, making everything from jewelry to food.

The suggested donation is $20 for an individual and $30 for a family.

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