Celebrating culture and identity

Jordan Pickett

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Celebrating Culture

By McKenna Princing and Lesley Love

Northwest Folklife Festival

Every year, Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center partner to present the Northwest Folklife Festival, one of the largest multicultural festivals in the nation. This is the event to explore a variety of art and cultures that thrive in Pacific Northwest communities. This annual festival usually hosts up to 250,000 people over four days at the Seattle Center. The 2019 festival focused on Youth Rising, which is a yearlong series featuring mentorship programs and residency projects. The specific dates for the 2020 festival haven’t been announced yet, but just like prior years, the festival will be held at the end of May.

For more information about the festival, visit nwfolklife.org/festival


This annual festival, held by the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, seeks to build a sense of community and cultural awareness for all students on campus. Many activities at CulturalFest are free and include exhibitions for learning about different cultures, food from all over the world, music, and dancing. The festival is held every year in February; exact dates are usually announced in May.

Find out more about CulturalFest at fiuts.org/events/culturalfest


Previously known as The Vagina Monologues, this annual production features monologues written and performed by UW students. The monologues focus on themes of inclusion and individuality and encourage people to look beyond traditional gender binaries. Although the 2020 festival dates have yet to be announced, the ASUW Womxn’s Action Commission has a mandate to offer educational programs each quarter. The specific dates for their educational programs will be announced summer quarter.

For more information, visit women.asuw.org


The UW has two major powwow events. The ASUW’s American Indian Student Commission holds an annual powwow in winter quarter and the First Nations Native Undergraduate Student Group in spring holds an annual three-day powwow with performances, a drum competition, food, and vendors. The spring powwow is free of charge and is attended by about 8,000 people each year. Specific dates haven’t been announced for the 2020 powwows, but the next one will be in winter quarter.

Visit aisc.asuw.org for more information on the winter powwow.


Each year, the ASUW Asian Student Commission holds a food festival serving a variety of traditional Asian dishes. The event is typically held on the Husky Union Building (HUB) Lawn during spring quarter featuring entertainment and performances from local talent on campus and from the greater Seattle area.

For more information about Bite of Asia, visit asc.asuw.org/bite-of-asia


The ASUW’s Student Health Consortium puts on this fashion show to celebrate diverse body types and spread ideas about positive body image. Student models wear clothes lent largely by shops in the U-District. If you’re interested in being a model for the fashion show, the application deadline is February 1. The show is typically held winter quarter each year.

For more information about the show visit health.asuw.org


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