Councilmember Richard Conlin frequents the Seattle Center, especially over the Memorial Day weekend and the Northwest Folklife Festival. Find out how many years Councilmember Conlin has attended Folklife and the special role he plays by watching the following video.
Some historical perspective from Northwest Folklife:
Every year since 1972 Northwest Folklife has presented the Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center on Memorial Day Weekend.
The first Festival presented over 300 performers to an enthusiastic audience over Memorial Day weekend, and was hailed as a successful and needed addition to Northwest arts programs. Today, the four-day Festival attracts an audience of about 250,000 visitors and has over 6,000 volunteer performers and 800 volunteers. Visitors from all over the world come to Seattle Center to take part in the weekend’s activities, but the focus remains local–all performers hail from communities in the Northwest. The Folklife Festival is a truly Northwest experience, our diversity and our commonality told through music and dance.
Visit the Seattle Municipal Archives Folklife Audio Collection at http://clerk.seattle.gov/~public/folk1.htm.
For more information on this weekend’s Next 50 opening celebration at the Seattle Center, visit http://www.thenextfifty.org/.
Seattle Municipal Archives has some excellent resources on the 1962 World’s Fair. Click to view digital files, text files. Image files can be viewed here and here.