Tết Festival Kicks off Seattle Center’s 25th Anniversary of Festál

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Tết Festival Kicks off Seattle Center’s 25th Anniversary of Festál 

 

Festival Celebrates Vietnamese Lunar New Year on February 12 and 13  

with an Assortment of Events at Seattle Center 

 

SEATTLE – Seattle Center Festál – with the theme Where the World Gathers – kicks off its 25th anniversary with Tết in Seattle, celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year on Feb. 12th and 13th, from noon to 6 p.m. with a series of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages at the Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion, and the International Fountain.

 

The free public festival returns as an in-person event following last year’s virtual celebration, providing a glimpse into the rich Vietnamese culture through amazing art, food, and music, as well as age-old and contemporary cultural traditions. The engaging two-day event is produced by Tết in Seattle, a volunteer-based community organization, which honors the culture of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans in the Pacific Northwest.

 

“This festival provides our community with a great opportunity to learn more about the Vietnamese culture and traditions, and to join in the fun,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. “Events like this allow us to embrace ethnic diversity and cultivate a deeper awareness, understanding and respect for the cultures that contribute to the vibrancy of our city, the region, and the world.”

 

The opening ceremony on Saturday features an LED video program, followed by two days of programming including hands-on kids’ arts and crafts, awe-inspiring lion dancing, firecrackers, photo booths, gift booths, art installations, performances, a new beer garden, and a curated áo dài fashion show – as well as free educational activity packets and “goodie” bags for kids.

 

Tết in Seattle also includes a comprehensive health fair (noon – 4 p.m.) robust with Vietnamese interpretive services, Hepatitis screening/vaccines, COVID booster immunizations, a mammogram van, cholesterol screening, osteoporosis screening, flu shots, reproductive education sessions, ask-a-doctor service, and free at-home COVID rapid tests.

 

The festival will conclude with fashion shows on Sunday evening, including a bridal fashion show and a children’s fashion show.

 

This festival is the first in a series of festivals put on by 24 cultural organizations that Seattle Center will host over the course of 2022.

 

About Tết History 

Tết occurs on the first day of the Lunar New Year, typically in late January or early February, and is celebrated for three to five days. During this period, families reunite and put aside the past year’s struggles and pray for blessings in the year to come. Homes are cleaned, fresh clothes are donned, and streets are decorated in preparation for Tết. In every home, altars are set up to welcome ancestors with a full spread of Vietnamese dishes.

 

About Tết Festival

Tết in Seattle was formed by four Vietnamese organizations invested in celebrating and preserving traditional Vietnamese culture in the Seattle community. The groups hoped to host an event which would unite the Vietnamese community and introduce that community to the greater Seattle area. Observance of the Lunar New Year, Tết Nguyên Đán, presented the perfect opportunity to do so. Information on Tết in Seattle is available at https://www.tetinseattle.org/ and http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/featured-events/festal/tet-in-seattle, as well as on InstagramFacebook and YouTube.

 

About Seattle Center Festál 

Seattle Center Festál, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022, highlights the culturally rich communities which help shape the character and course of our region. This unique and highly entertaining series of 24 ethnic cultural festivals on weekends from February through November provides a forum for cultural groups to come together where they can share their stories with the greater community and the world. The series began in 1997 to provide a central place for festivals to invite the public to join in their cultural expressions and heritage. Seattle Center Festál is produced with the generous support of 4CultureCity of Seattle, and Seattle Center Foundation. Festál is also part of the ArtsFund Cultural Partners Network.

 

About Seattle Center 

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts, and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations which reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract more than 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.

 

A Cautious New Year’s Eve Rings in 2022 at Seattle Center

Fewer public activities and more virtual content will help Seattle Center safely ring in the New Year on Dec. 31. In keeping with COVID-19 public safety measures, no non-ticketed, public events are planned, and visitors to the grounds must follow COVID-19 social distancing and masking protocols.

Those in search of celebration at Seattle Center are encouraged to check out live events at Seattle Center venues, where proof of vaccination is required, including Patton Oswalt Live: Who’s Ready to Laugh? at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Dave Chappelle and Friends at Climate Pledge Arena and INDULGENCE New Year’s Eve Bash! at Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). Check event websites for information on event vaccination and/or testing requirements.

Fireworks will return to Seattle Center this year… but ultimately not for in-person viewing. T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle offers the first-ever live fireworks show augmented for live broadcast with exclusive special effects that can only be seen via TV or live stream. The augmented show pays a heartfelt tribute to Seattle’s strength, spirit, pride and perseverance as special mixed-reality effects synchronize to the live pyrotechnics and lighting.

The Space Needle offers this “stream in the new year” to keep the community safe without gathering in crowds at Seattle Center. Onsite viewers will see a smaller live fireworks display and lighting effects, while virtual viewers will enjoy spectacular special effects, digital animation and visuals that take the fireworks show to a new dimension, choreographed to music simulcast on HITS 106.1, broadcasted locally on KING 5 and KONG, live streamed on king5.com, and available on the KING 5 mobile app. A list of watch parties at other local establishments will be updated regularly between now at New Year’s Eve at spaceneedle.com/newyears.

 

NEED TO KNOW: 

Seattle Center Armory, including public restrooms, will remain open on New Year’s Eve. Eateries inside the Food & Event Hall will provide food and beverage service until 11:30 p.m.

An exclusion zone will be in place for public safety purposes related to live fireworks. Visitors should expect progressively limited access to the grounds from entryways in the vicinity of the Space Needle and east/west through the campus beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.

The Mercer Parking Garage and 5th Ave N Garage will remain open to accommodate New Year’s Eve parkers. A Tier 1 Event Parking Rate of $30 will be in effect.

Seattle Center Monorail service will be available to connect to downtown transit services and parking. Train service will pause for safety purposes related to live fireworks at 10:30 p.m. and resume once the fireworks have concluded. The final Monorail train is scheduled to depart Seattle Center for downtown at 1 a.m. Passengers must access the Monorail via the southwest doors of Seattle Center Armory.

We expect heavy pedestrian and vehicle congestion related to the several New Year’s Eve ticketed events on the grounds. Restrictive ride share perimeters will be in effect temporarily before and 30 minutes after the Climate Pledge Arena event. Consider all your transportation options if you are planning to visit the area. Masks are required for anyone (age five+) inside Seattle Center. For more information on Seattle Center, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

About Seattle Center: 

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.

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