The Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival was made possible in part by a generous donation from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival 2022, March 11 & 12, 12 pm – 6 pm

The Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival seeks to celebrate the various diverse cultures that populate our great area. We invite folks of all backgrounds to show off what makes their culture unique through fine art, craft, food, song, dance, storytelling and any other creative endeavor.

This year’s Cultural Arts Festival will consist of a hybrid format with an exhibition and vendors at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and online market, live interactive workshops and performances via social media. 

*** Due to the unpredictable nature of a pandemic, all dates, times, and procedures are subject to change.***

Performance & Activities Schedule

Friday, March 11 

12:00-2:00 pm YOUTH ACTIVITY: Lowell 5th Grade Puppets with Andy Koch &

KAFE Radio Live Broadcast

Andy Koch   Presenting cultural Folk Tales with a modern twist using hand puppets are sure to bring a smile. The shows engage and include the audience in many ways.   

2:00-5:00 pm  YOUTH ACTIVITY:  Making paper bag puppets with Kim Miller.






 2:00-3:00 pm – Salish Son  Local hip hop music from a phenomenal Lummi lyricist. Positive lyrics and vibes that make you want to move!


Photo courtesy of  Teya Heidenreich © 2021 and Salish Current





3:30 pm-5:00 pm – Harris Twins   From Jimi to Stevie Wonder to Les Paul & Mary Ford these two never miss an opportunity to turn a song on its head and give you something fresh! 




ALL Day: Rukhsar Sadat shares valuable information about Afghani culture while raising awareness about supporting and welcoming the refugee families newly arriving in Whatcom County. She is a recent graduate from Western Washington University with a BA Political Science and Law, Diversity, & Justice (LDJ) as well as a minor in Sociology. She is the first recipient of the prestigious Dr. Vernon Damani Johnson scholarship and hopes to continue her social justice work throughout her education and career.  With the recent events unfolding in Afghanistan, Rukhsar is determined to continue her advocacy for refugee and immigrant rights. Born in the beautiful city of Kabul, Rukhsar aspires to build schools for young girls and women back home as part of her non-profit work and sees herself serving her community and working in support of the public’s interest. Rukhsar’s life-long commitment to establish peace and justice in Afghanistan is informed by the complexities of her minority Shia identity and solidarity with various marginalized identities in her motherland and abroad. She welcomes questions from the community about the cultural traditions of Afghani people.

Saturday, March 12

YOUTH ACTIVITY: 12:00-2:30 pm Personal Flag Making  with Thor Myhre


12:00-1:15 pm – Andy “Badd Dog” Koch and Diane Ardourel Blues music at it’s best! 

1:30-2:30 pm – David Vergin   Japanese traditional children’s folk songs and accompanying myself on guitar.

2:45-3:45pm – Rainbow Medicine Woman  Telling stories and sharing about Cherokee culture.

3:00-6:00 pmYOUTH ACTIVITY: Drop In Intro Blues Guitar Lesson with Andy Koch (bring your own guitar or use one pf mine!)

4:00-4:15 pm – Mathew Heggem  This is a dance theater monologue that is part choreography, demonstrating the lineage & language of dance, and part storytelling, woven together to explore the cultural narratives embedded in our bones and muscles.

4:30-6:00pm – Peter Ali (Flutist)   I play a variety of Native American and Mezo American Style Flutes as well as a middle eastern style and a flute from the Nordic Countries I also tell the story of who played and why these instruments were played as well as my heritage and connection to them. 

Taj Williams   Spray Paint Mural demo – Plein Air and Spray Paint Artists ALL DAY


Vendors: Artist & Artisans

Allied Arts of Whatcom County A fixture in the local arts community for 40 years! Come learn more about all of our great programs!

Copper Canoe Woman LLC (jewelry) My esthetic is rooted in ancestral culture, stories, and adornment esthetic. The essence of CCW is about showcasing authentic place-based and yet modern Indigenous designs.

Alan Alatorre-Barajas Handmade origami boxes used to store gifts or small items, like candy, jewelry, gloves, and scarves. These can be in Lieu of gift boxes.

Evergreen Essential I create all natural bar soap, beautifully decorated and designed. I also have luxurious salves, lotion bars and more. My brand focuses on stability and encourages zero-waste products.

Funky’s Hot Sauce Factory hot sauce made locally here in Bellingham.

Glitt3r Lyfe Whimsical and magical items to help each day be a little more sparkly.

HABIT Apparel I am a Black and Indigenous (Mvskoke/Cherokee) artist who creates wearable art and apparel that will spurn a movement toward our collective liberation. My intentions are to teach, share and build community.

Hest Collaborations We are a gallery in Ferndale WA at Te’Ti’Sen that has Native American art, botanicals, cedar hats, cedar roses, beaded items and garment decorating.

Henry St. Studio I make contemporary sculptural vessels and paintings inspired by the Pacific Northwest landscape. My process is deeply rooted in the art of kalinga, an ancient clay art tradition from the Kalinga, province located in the Philippines’ Cordillera mountain

House Of The Salish Sun Arts Coast Salish original design and cedar carving that features traditional motifs and themes with contemporary flair.

Daphne Howard Beaded earrings.

Keene’s Jewelry Handcrafted jewelry by Robert Keene in sterling silver with semi-precious stones.

Keene Customs Wood working, working with wood has been in all cultures from the beginning I will also bring hand tools to show and explain my culture.

Jason LaClair My work consists of Traditional Coast Salish paintings/prints.

Lightning Tree Designs I use high voltage electricity to create wearable art and home goods, such as unique upcycled vintage handbags, gift boxes, 4 & 6-pack beverage carriers, & much more.

Lokahi lomilomi Block printing of Hawaiian concepts creating Hawaiian Gratitude Flags.

Monica Davis Alton Growing up locally, I have an affection for the colors of fauna. I daydream in the countryside, blue skies and clouds lifting spirits. Nature, the bedrock of my culture.

Marie’s Bees. Locally produced, harvested, raw, unfiltered honey.

Phia Handmade Jewelry  My esthetic is rooted in ancestral culture, stories, and adornment esthetic. The essence of CCW is about showcasing authentic place-based and yet modern Indigenous designs.

Rainbow Medicine Woman  traditional indigenous art.

Sally By the Sea We are a husband and wife team that creates art in metal and screen paint on fabric that relates to the PNW

Leah Meleski: Metalsmith Contemporary metalsmith, Leah Meleski designs and creates each piece of jewelry from ethically sourced materials. Her pieces are often one of a kind or sold as limited edition series.

Trilby’s BBQ Sauce & Spices Award winning BBQ sauce, as well as seasonings, dip mix, nuts & candies, handcrafted in small batches to ensure quality.

SASS! We handcraft all natural skin products utilizing only the base source materials providing a product that has NO chemicals, preservatives or additives.

Steep and Deep  Mountain adventure photography.

Womansongs I focus on kiln-fused glass. I am still awed by the colors, textures and blends that change when you add the heat of the kiln- pure magic!

Virtual Performance

Raqs Sharqi with Rachel Carter

Rachel is a raqs sharqi (belly dance) performer and instructor. She has a mission is to learn and spread the joy of Raqs Sharqi, Oriental Dance, by cultivating connection through her art. She strives to educate herself, her students, and audiences with joy for this historical art form. View her virtual performance!

Watch Rachel’s Performance from March 5, 2021 here on Facebook.