Like movies? We recommend the Turkish Film Festival and VIP screening of A Lot Like You, but also check out the Racial Justice Film Series, Sharing the Rough with a director & interviewer Q&A, and Cinema Italian Style.
The Indian festival Diwali is a great way to warm up dark Fall days, but there’s a whole slew of other celebrations of light for you to choose from too.
Seattle International Comedy Competition is back, and you can catch worldly comedians all over the Northwest. There are also some amazing museum events, from the Tatau/Tattoo traditions exhibit to the Twilight Noodle Slurp Tour of the ID (How did that not make the list?!?)
Finally, the Winter Arts & Soul Festival will have some great music and shopping alternatives to Black Friday. Shop local, and dance local, too!
1. Turkish Film Festival
Now in it’s 3rd Annual run, the Turkish Film Festival packs a lot of punch in three days of film. The opening night film Let’s Sin should let you know that TFF won’t tread lightly. This is also your best chance to see Sivas, Turkey’s nominee for best foreign-language film Oscar, with a knowledgeable crowd. Not to fret, all films are presented in Turkish, but have English subtitles for newbies.
2. Diwali: Festival of Lights
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the traditional “Festival of Lights” in India. In and around Seattle, we have a large Indian population, and a number of ways to celebrate. Seattle Asian Art Museum hosts a Free First Saturday celebration, with music and workshops on making the traditional paper lanterns. The Diwali Festival at Seattle Center is in its third year, and tells the story of Diwali, with a whole spectrum of dance and a Mandala flower decoration. Upaya Social Ventures has a Bollywood Diwali Party with more dancing, and food, too! You can even get ready all month long by taking a Diwali Bollywood Dance class!
You can even get in the Diwali mood by celebrating the same thing around town, even with completely different cultures! There’s a Lantern Walk in Cheasty Greenspace, and Laternenfest is a German take on festival of lights, involving night lantern walks!
3. Seattle International Comedy Competition
Seattle comedians are already a pretty diverse bunch, but every year we call out for a load of globetrotting jokesters. Yes, Seattle International Comedy Competition is back! For the 36th year, and all across the northwest, you can see comedians from all across the globe. What’s it like? Amazing, is what!
4. A Lot Like You screening
A Lot Like You is a surprising film that explores mixed-race identity in a way that crosses borders and stretches across time. This screening features Q&A with the filmmaker (and Globalist board member) Eliaichi Kimaro. Reserve your spot now!
5. Winter Arts & Soul Festival
Africatown-Central District presents the Winter Arts & Soul Festival. Featuring Kenyan-born Owuor Arunga at a Black Friday concert and a Shop Small Small Business Saturday, this is a great way to connect to the history and cultural heritage of the Central District.
You’ll find even more things to do this month on the Seattle Globalist events calendar! Have an event to share? Are we missing something dazzling near you? It’s easy to submit your own Globalist event online. We’ll see you around town (on the dance floor, no doubt), as we share the best of the world, right here at home!