***All dates and protocols subject to change pending the most up to date COVID-19 information***

Please fill out the application on this page or click here to fill out a pdf version and submit by the application due date 

Applications Due: February 15, 2023

Event Date: March 10, 11 & 12, 2023

Event location: Performances, Art & Craft Exhibition at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

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. 

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.

Representation of as many cultures as possible is a festival goal. Participants are asked to create artwork, performances or food that is inspired by their cultural training and background. Participants of all skill levels working in all mediums are encouraged to apply. 

Allied Arts Membership is not required to apply for participation in Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival, but it is greatly appreciated. Click here to become a member.

 The following are descriptions and expectations for each type of opportunity within the festival. If you have any questions please email kelly@alliedarts.org

Opportunities for Visual Artists and Craftspeople

Artists can have a booth or two to display of items at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Single booths are 3′ deep x 6’wide double booths will be two 3′ deep x 6’wide spaces. As well as a store on the Allied Arts Online Market.

*A double booth is possible depending on the number of entries.

Performances, Workshops, and Presentations

We are looking for music, performing arts, workshops and presentations that fit the Cultural Arts theme, for example but not limited to a musical theater performance or a musical performances representing our cultural diversity. Please attach a description of your proposed performance. Compensation will be available for select performances based on funding. Performances will be live at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and will be recorded and available live on social media.