“Giant Magnet” festival attracts international talent

Greater Seattle’s spring performance festival, formerly known as the Seattle International Children’s Festival, has returned with a new name. Now the Giant Magnet, the festival continues to present international acts geared to a young audience, including appreciative teens and adults. This year’s performers include Les Argonautes, a Belgian troupe that combines acrobatics, juggling, comedy and music; Sidi Goma – The Black Sufis of Gujarat, an Indian company of dancers and drummers of East African descent; Afro-pop musician Thomas Mapfumo from Zimbabwe; and The Gentlemen of the Carolina Chocolate Drops (and Friends), a splendid traditional string band that plays the music of the black rural south.

Giant Magnet will play from May 12-16 at the Seattle Center and May 17-18 at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma.

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