Multicultural Festival

 

For two days in September, the City of Renton will come alive with the sights and sounds of one of the most diverse populations in the country as the city presents the second annual Renton Multicultural Festival, a celebration of diversity and community.

Some of the most talented performers in the area will be on stage September 22 and 23, so if you’ve always wanted to dance the Lion Dance or watch African and Taiko drummers up close, we hope you’ll come take part. Admission to this family friendly festival is free.

Call for performers

2017 Call for Performers deadline June 1, 2017

We are looking for a variety of performers throughout western Washington, whose performances will demonstrate their culture and individuality, and are willing to share how their art form supports their culture and/ or engage Festival attendees in a brief demonstration.

The goal of the Renton Multicultural festival is to celebrate and experience cultures from all over the world who reside in our region, to bring us together and help us learn about our neighbors and their heritage.

Email Carrie Nass with the following information by June 1:

  • Name of individual or group performing
  • Availability (Friday, Saturday, or both days and what times)
  • Number of people in group
  • Type of entertainment
  • Contact information: phone number, email address
  • Audio or video file link to an on-line recording.
  • Brief description of your plans to engage the audience by sharing your story or a demonstration

Volunteering

Volunteers are needed on September 30 at the Carco Theatre, and on October 1 at the Renton Pavilion Event Center and Piazza Park in downtown Renton.

Opportunities include:

  • assisting with decorations
  • games
  • crafts
  • information booth
  • set up

To sign up, contact Recreation Coordinator Teresa Nishi at tnishi@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-6694 with name, address, phone number, email, and preferred volunteer activity.

Directions

September 22
6 to 9 p.m.
Carco Theatre
1717 SE Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA 98057

September 23
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Renton Pavilion Event Center & Piazza Park
233 Burnett Ave South
Renton, WA 98057

Parking

  • Free street parking is available throughout downtown Renton.
  • City Center Garage (655 South 2nd Street). Garage is open from 4:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Overnight parking is not allowed.

Where to Stay

Looking for a place to stay after the festival? There are many hotels in Renton ready to host you.

Clarion Hotel
3700 E Valley Rd
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 251-9591

EconoLodge
4710 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Renton, WA 98056
(425) 228-2858

Hilton Garden Inn
1801 E Valley Rd
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 430-1414

Larkspur Landing Hotel
1701 E Valley Rd
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 235-1212

Marriott SpringHill Suites
200 SW 19th St
Renton, WA 98055
(425) 226-4100

Marriott Towne Place Suites
300 SW 19th St.
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 917-2000

Quality Inn
1850 Maple Valley Hwy
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 226-7600

Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center
One South Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 226-7700

Entertainment

September 30, 6 to 9 p.m., Carco Theatre

Reception: Accordion Music by John Giuliani
Festival Opening: Mayor Denis Law & Emcee Preeti Shridhar
African Dance by Makeda Ebubé
Ukrainian Music by Victorious Voices
Ravishing Women Fashion Show
Bollywood and Classical Dance by Neeti Mittal / IAWW
Jazz Music by Josephine Howell
Evening Close

October 1, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Renton Pavilion Event Center – West Stage
Opening: Drumming and Procession by Mshenga African Drummers & Kaze
Daiko. Special Appearances by Miss Washington Alicia Cooper & former KING5 News Anchor Dennis Bounds
Brazilian Music by Show Brazil Ensemble
Oaxacan Music by Grupo Cultural Oaxaqueño y Banda Gozona
Tap Dance by Northwest Tap Connection
Filipino Dance by Filipiniana
Break Dance and Krump by CryOut!

October 1, 11 – 3 p.m.

Renton Pavilion Event Center – East Stage
Opening: Drumming and Procession by Mshenga African Drummers & Kaze
Daiko
Lion Dance by Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness & Ying Yung Tong Lion Dance Group
Taiko Drums by Kaze Daiko
Martial Arts by Seattle Gatka Dal Martial Arts
Bollywood Music by OORJA
Marimba Music by Zambuko
Polynesian Dance by Halau Hula O Lono

Strolling Mariachi Music by Ayutla

Booths

Flags
Indian Association of Western Washington (IAWW)
City of Renton Human Resources
Sikh Punjabi Community
Mayor's Inclusion Task Force
Polynesian/Hawaiian Community

Vendors

Friday night’s refreshments will be provided by Toreros and Uwajimaya.

Food trucks on Saturday include Big Boys Filipino Food Truck (Filipino), Off the Rez (Native American) and The Big Easy (Polynesian). Come to the festival, then explore all that Downtown Renton has to offer, including restaurants with cuisines from around the world!

Storytelling

Inspired by national storytelling events like The Moth, festival attendees are invited to share their stories to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience.

Participants can sign up on October 1 between noon and 2 p.m. at the Piazza Park. Participants will be selected randomly to tell their stories, which will be videotaped and curated by the Renton History Museum.

Stories should be based on one of the following themes and limited to four (4) minutes.

  • What’s in a name?
  • The world at our doorstep
  • A Tale of Two Cultures
  • Ahead of the Curve

Arts and Cratfs

There are many opportunities to participate and enjoy arts and crafts including origami, a graffiti wall where you can express your own art, and a Twitter wall.

Graffiti Wall

Get creative and showcase your heritage. Are you an artist? Draw your family or an illustration that represents your culture. If you’re a writer, share a short story about yourself or what you love about Renton’s diversity. Leave your mark!

Twitter Wall

Share your adventures by using #RentonFestival for a chance to be featured on our twitter wall.

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