Northwest Folklife Announces Multi-Cultural Line-Up for King County’s Chomp! Event

NW FolklifeNorthwest Folklife today announced the full performance line-up for the Ethnic Folk Stage at King County’s first-ever Chomp! event, set to take place at Marymoor Park on September 13, 2015. Chomp! will offer attendees a unique celebration of local food and sustainable living, complete with a variety of activities and events, including the Ethnic Folk Stage fully programmed by Northwest Folklife to showcase the breadth of multi-cultural performance traditions that can be found in the Northwest.
The full Ethnic Folk Stage program schedule is below:
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brazilian: En Canto
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Bollywood: Ratna Roy-Urvasi Dance
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Jazz/Tap: Northwest Tap Connection
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Seattle Kokon Taiko
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Balkan: Bucharest Drinking Team
About The Chomp! Performers
En Canto
From the Northwest, En Canto brings you music as rich and varied as the people and places of Brazil. These lively, danceable rhythms and exotic melodies get everyone onto the dance floor! “Paul de Barros from The Seattle Times, wrote on August 5, 2014, “En Canto formed three years ago and has become a familiar fixture at Columbia City’s Royal Room, Capital Cider and at festivals such as Northwest Folklife. The septet specializes in forro, from Brazil’s Northeast, a music that features accordion and flute and has a kind of honky-tonk bounce!”
Urvasi Dance Ensemble
Established in 1975, Urvasi Dance Company has practiced and promoted the research and practice of classical Odissi/Orissi dance from India in Seattle and Olympia, Washington. Urvasi Dance Emsemble specializes in a rare form of classical odissi dance from India. It is considered one of the top 30 international troupes in the style. Urvasi was the first international troupe to perform at the prestigious mukteswar festival, live broadcast by BBC.
Northwest Tap Connection
The mission of Northwest Tap Connection is to train, inspire, and nurture young dancers towards artistic excellence, to perform works by emerging and master choreographers, and to bring the art of dance to multi-cultural and generational audiences through dance instruction, innovative community partnerships, and participation in local festivals, cultural events, and arts in education programs both locally and nationally. Get ready to see some incredible dance from these incredible young dancers.
Seattle Kokon Taiko
Seattle Kokon Taiko performs on large Japanese-style festival drums, creating a dynamic synthesis of rhythm, movement and spirit. They performs throughout Washington at community programs, arts festivals, schools and colleges, and corporate events. Through the Taiko – originating in Japan, grown in America – Seattle Kokon Taiko links our past to our present, weaves threads of continuity between generations, and builds bridges of understanding among people from all walks of life.
Bucharest Drinking Team
The Bucharest Drinking Team is a Balkan-inspired party masquerading as a music ensemble. The music of this sport-and-alcohol- themed Balkan music juggernaut is one part folk tunes, re-orchestrated for a boisterous ensemble, and one part reconstructions in traditional styles of brass music from the Balkan region. Some songs come directly from master musicians from-and in-the Balkans, some are re-workings of American pop music in a Balkan style, and other tunes are completely original.
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About Northwest Folklife
Every year since 1972, Northwest Folklife has presented the Northwest Folklife Festival over Memorial Day Weekend at Seattle Center. The Festival honors and celebrates the musical and cultural traditions that make our region great and provides opportunities for the public to connect with the many diverse cultures that make up the Northwest through dance, song, and art. 
About Chomp!
CHOMP! celebrates two things that people in King County are known for: enjoying delicious, locally sourced food and drink, and caring for the natural environment. The festival will bring together the people of King County – urban and rural, young and old –  to support local farming and strengthen the farm-to-table connection.
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