Puyallup Tribe and Canoe Family: Opening & blessing
The Puyallup People have lived along the shores of what is now called Puget Sound for thousands of years. Today the Puyallup Tribe of Indians is a sovereign nation of more than 5,000 members and one of the largest employers in Pierce County. It serves its people and neighbors with generosity and is committed to building a sustainable way of life for future generations. 10 am
RYAN! Feddersen: Installation artist
RYAN! (Confederated tribes of the Colville) is a nationally-exhibited Tacoma artist who makes interactive installations. For Ocean Fest she’ll create a mural based on a Coyote, Fox and Whale story, with crayons for us to fill in the color. Find her art on the inside L-wall.
Lauren Boilini: Painter
Lauren is a nationally-shown Seattle painter who’s also a long-distance cold water swimmer. For Ocean Fest she’s creating a series of giant watercolors of whales. Find her work in front of the dockside wall, and hear her OceanX talk on the stage at 12:45pm.
A community artwork made by hundreds of Tacomans – paper turtles swimming on a blue fabric wave, all to raise money for ocean conservation. Find it hanging near the front entrance.
T.U.P.A.C.: West African dance
Tucked behind tall doors downtown, the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center teaches ballet, hip hop, pilates and West African dance, with a focus on teaching young dancers of color. Find them in front of the big white Dance Wall at 11:30am.
Tacoma City Ballet: Whale Song
Dancers move lithely under a vast sea of aqua silk, to the eerie, haunting backdrop of the song of humpback whales. It’s a perfect ballet to have at Ocean Fest, where dancers will create flowing beauty near the suspended skeleton of a humpback whale at the Dance Wall, 12:30pm and 4:30pm.
Hula Halau OkealaAkua Naniloa Mana’oakamai
Performing Hula Kahiko (ancient traditional hula), Hula Auana (modern hula), Maori and Tahitian dance, this group is led by Kumu Kanoelani Galiza, and aims to build a bridge to create unity and connect all cultural groups. They’ll have live musicians – find them at the dance wall at 3:30pm.
SOTA: Contemporary dance
Dance students from Tacoma’s School of the Arts perform “17 days, 1,000 miles,” a contemporary multimedia dance work inspired by Puget Sound orca Tahlequah, who carried her dead calf with her in mourning for that long. Find them at the dance wall at 10:30 pm.
Miho & Diego: Percussion duo
Miho Takekawa and Diego Coy boldly combine Latin and Japanese music on percussion instruments. They’re locals who perform around the world to unite cultures through music. Hear them at the music stage inside at 2pm.
Gretchen Yanover: Cellist
Seattle cellist Gretchen Yanover creates landscapes and seascapes of sound, looping her electric cello into a sound that blends classical with improvisation, structured with soaring. Pieces like “Lighthouse” and “Waves Wash Over Us” bring the ocean into our hearts. Find her at the music stage at 11am.
Deanna Riley: Aerialist and hoops
Deanna Riley does more than just breathtaking tricks on aerial hoop (lyra) – she tells stories in the air. Known by Tacomans for her vibrant work with Vuelta la Luna circus, Riley has been seduced by the ocean and Puget Sound since childhood. Find Riley in her aerial rigging just inside the doorway, or playing with hoops nearby. On the hour.
Gary Stroutsos: World flutes
Trained in jazz flute, Gary performs worldwide on flutes from Asian, Caribbean and Native American traditions, and has been asked by Lakota, Navajo and Salish Kootenai elders to set their songs. Hear him at the music stage at 4pm.
Kim Archer: Singer-songwriter
Kim Archer has attracted a large and loyal following of fans in the Pacific Northwest and across the country with her raw, honest performances and personable interaction. This lifelong musician commands the stage with her soulful original songs, some original to Ocean Fest. Hear her on the music stage at 12pm.
Alejandro Fleites: guitar
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Alejandro Fleites of Sin Embargo bring an acoustic duo of Latin American music, from Bolero, Bossa Nova or Nueva Canción to Cha Cha Cha, Merengue or Cuban Son. Find them on the music stage at 1pm.
Put on that headset and dive into a different reality. Cascade Game Foundry (Kirkland) brings their new “Infinite Scuba” virtual reality experience to Ocean Fest – read about it on our blog. They’ll also have “Diving with Sylvia Earle,” a complete quest-style computer game set underwater. Just like scuba – while staying dry. Find their table near the big art wall.