Malikah Festival, Seattle South Asian Film Festival coming to Redmond

From mini-golfers navigating colorful haikus on sticks at Poets in the Park at Anderson Park to couples taking "slow selfies" at the VALA Art Center, Arts Season grant-funded projects are the latest Redmond experiences.

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 3:08pm
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From mini-golfers navigating colorful haikus on sticks at Poets in the Park at Anderson Park to couples taking “slow selfies” at the VALA Art Center, Arts Season grant-funded projects are the latest Redmond experiences.

This month, there will be two opportunities to enjoy the last of the 2016 Arts Season Grant projects:

Malikah Festival, Oct. 9, 3 p.m., Redmond Senior Center

The Malikah Festival is the Pacific Northwest’s first international fashion show featuring women’s traditional and modest couture wear. This family-friendly cultural celebration of women will include a craft fair, dance performances, informational cultural workshops and henna demonstrations. This event is free and open to all, but seating at the fashion show will be limited and will require pre-registration. For more information, visit

Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Redmond Senior Center

The 11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival comes to Redmond with a free screening of three films as part of the largest South Asian Film Festival in the country. The trio of films reflects both the screening location and the changes that technology can bring to a once-rural community. There will be special question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers and an opportunity to chat with other guests about the films. Although this event is free and open to the public, early registration is highly recommended. For more information, visit

“I wanted to hear stories of South Asian seniors,” said filmmaker Baljit Sangra, the director behind the first feature film of evening. “What started out to be a light film on women who ended up living together in a seniors home, due to various circumstances, became a meditation of life, love and death. Many Rivers Home is a love letter to a pioneering generation and my parents.”

2017 Arts Season Grant Program

“People fall in love with cities because of their parks, the arts and the culture,” said Jessica Rubenacker, Redmond Arts and Culture administrator.

To further that aim, the Redmond Arts Season is an annual grant program that supports arts and cultural projects to cultivate a creative environment, support local artists and organizations, and provide inclusivity and connections to Redmond’s diverse community. Chosen projects are awarded up to $5,000 and include usage of available city venues and staff support with marketing and communications. Application materials will be available mid-October at

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