The neighborhood of Othello, located on southeast Seattle’s LINK light rail line, invites the community to its annual Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival on August 14 from noon to 6:00. Admission is free.
Southeast Seattle’s diverse cultural communities, including East African, Asian, Filipino, Fijian, African-American and other immigrant communities, will gather in Othello Park just a short block from the Othello Station to demonstrate their solidarity as one international community. A dance floor laid out in front of the stage will invite everyone to join in the fun of learning steps and rhythms of many cultural dances. Featured guest performers this year will include the Women’s Steel Pan Project, Global Heat, and Clava Kubana and many more.
At the event, there will be a variety of vendor, craft, and community information booths. Food choices will include Asian, Jamaican, Ethiopian and Indian cuisines. Besides dancing, features of special interest to children of all ages will include art creation stations, Othello Park’s playground and giant hillside slide, bouncy houses, a petting zoo with a variety of animals including the Festival trademark, a camel. The festival culminates the Rainier Valley Culture Fest Weekend, an official Seafair event.