World Rhythm Festival in Seattle

Events, Kid Friendly — By Michelle Schusterman on April 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

It’s been an unusually chilly, damp spring in Seattle – which is really saying something around here! What better way to chase off the rainy day blues than a dose of rhythm?

The Seattle World Percussion Society is hosting the World Rhythm Festival at the Seattle Center April 22nd through 24th, 2011, and with free admission, there’s no reason not to celebrate the music of all cultures with your family and friends. Friday is “Celebration of Youth” day, with youth group performances and plenty of kid-friendly activities, as well as intensive workshops for adults.

On Saturday there will be more workshops and performances all day covering African, Middle-Eastern, Latin, Indian, Brazilian and North American rhythms, including a community drum circle and, at night, a dance party. Workshops are incredibly diverse; this is your opportunity to learn about hula dancing, the Egyptian tabla, the Brazilian pandeiro and drumming for Scottish bagpipe bands.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own drums, and drums will be available to purchase in the Center House, along with shirts and souvenirs. Be sure to purchase your Support the Artists button there for $5 as well; proceeds go to pay all the wonderful artists and teachers running the workshops.


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