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Next 50 Earth Day Celebration April 22

Seattle Center hosts the City’s official Earth Day Celebration as part of The Next Fifty (Next 50), on Sunday, Apr 22, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Center grounds. The day also marks the beginning of Next 50 Sustainable Futures month, the first of six months of events and… [ Keep reading ]

Next 50 Art Installations

Numerous visual and performance art projects are slated for installation on the grounds of Seattle Center during The Next Fifty. Tied thematically to the six months of the World’s Fair 50th anniversary celebration, the installations are intended to spark the imagination, provoke reflection, delight the spirit, and enhance the visitor… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Cherry Blossom Fest, Apr 13 – 15

Seattle Center Festál: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, April 13 – 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., in the Armory/Center House, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japen through live performances, cultural displays, hands-on activities, nese foods, children’s activities, and… [ Keep reading ]

Tickets on Sale for red, black & GREEN: a blues

Tickets go on sale today for red, black & GREEN:  a blues (rbGb), a multi-disciplinary performance piece created by Marc Bamuthi Joseph as part of The Living Word Project. The performances take place May 30 – Jun 2 at the Intiman Playhouse as part of The Next Fifty in partnership… [ Keep reading ]

Countdown to The Next Fifty is On!

The Next Fifty begins on Saturday, April 21 with a full day of celebration and concludes on Sunday, Oct 21, dates chosen to coincide with those of the 1962 World’s Fair The anniversary celebration presents a packed six months of compelling and thought-provoking community discussions, cutting edge visual arts, live entertainment, exhibits and attractions, and family fun.

Irish Festival, March 17 – 18

Seattle Center Festál: Irish Week Festival, March 17 and 18, at Seattle Center, explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Ireland through live performances, cultural displays, hands-on activities, foods, children’s activities, and a lively marketplace.

Urban Intervention Finalists Announced

In the spirit of the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle Center and AIA Seattle invited multidisciplinary design teams to compete in an international design ideas competition to re‐envision a nine‐acre site in the heart of Seattle Center and use it to explore innovation in public space in the coming century.

The Fair that Launched the Future

Some years ago, when working as a Seattle Times columnist, I was given an assignment in Portland. My task: Interview then Portland Mayor John E. (“Bud”) Clark on the difference between the Seattle and his city. Clark had a ready answer: “The difference between the two cities? You had a World’s Fair. And we didn’t.”

Urban Intervention contest call for designer entries

Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space invites designers to conceive a fresh vision of environmental, social, and economic opportunities on and beyond a 9-acre site at the heart of Seattle Center. How must public space perform in the coming century? Ecologically?  Socially?  Economically? How… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Center Winterfest Opens Nov. 25

Seattle Center Winterfest presented by KOMO 4 TV opens with a weekend of lively music, ice skating, ice sculpting, cheerful indoor decoration and festive outdoor lights. Opening ceremony on Friday, Nov. 25 features Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Black Nativity Total Experience Gospel Choir performs on Saturday, Nov 26, and the… [ Keep reading ]