MESSAGE FROM THE FESTIVAL:
Our Iranian community has faced many unfortunate challenges this past year. As we face challenges, we find ways to have hope, to continue on even when it is hard, and keep building the community we want for ourselves and our children as Iranian Americans and the Iranian diaspora worldwide.
All of this has made us stronger. It has made us more resilient.
Whether through the unity built over many years in our community in the greater Seattle area, or through the arts and music we've seen Iranians and even non-Iranians create to express love and courage, we have seen how celebrating our Iranian culture can get us through difficult times.
The art and poetry of our music has been one notable way we have found connection in the past year. In this year's 17th Annual Seattle Iranian Festival, in community with other Iranian organizations, we celebrate not only the ways music has created connection between us, but also the resiliency it helps us build as we face new challenges in the future. Traditional Persian instruments themselves have endured for centuries. They are a symbol of ancient Persia and our culture, a symbol of what always binds us, and a symbol for what is most important surviving despite changing of seasons and empires. We are stronger when we share and celebrate our music and culture, our resiliency is greatest when we are together.
Seattle Iranian Festival took place on Saturday, June 24: 12pm-6pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall. The festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series. It is free and open to the public.
Seattle Center Festál is a year-round series of 24 free cultural festivals, produced in partnership with community organizations. In 2022, Festál celebrated 25 years of stories and traditions, ushering in a new era of hybrid programming. Learn more about Festál and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.