It's time to talk it out | Crosscut Festival

It's time to talk it out. The Crosscut Festival is a one-evening and one-day event – February 2nd (7:15-9 p.m.) and 3rd (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) – that will bring together some of the best minds and biggest names in the Northwest and around the nation to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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Feb. 2–3, 2018 @
#CrosscutFest
It’s time to talk it out

Who Should Attend

What's It All About

Crosscut & the Community

Get Involved

The Next Generation

About Crosscut Festival

Pigott Building

As Puget Sound’s population grows at breakneck speed, candid communication is more vital than ever. The Crosscut Festival will bring together some of the boldest thought leaders in politics, business and social justice activism to be interviewed live on stage by some of the finest journalists in the Pacific Northwest. Organized by the news outlet Crosscut and hosted by Seattle University, the event — which takes place February 2 (7:15–9 p.m.) and 3 (9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) — is expected to draw over one thousand attendees from across the state and region.

Don’t miss out on provocative conversations with governors, mayors and other civic, business and cultural leaders with a distinctive track record of innovative leadership. Make sure to follow #CrosscutFest for updates!

Lineup

Featured Speakers:

Gov. Jay Inslee

WA State Governor

Gov. Kate Brown

OR State Governor

Bob Ferguson

WA State Attorney General

Sally Jewell

Former Secretary of the Interior

Julian Castro

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Chris Vance

Former Chairman, WA State Republican Party

Nikkita Oliver

Attorney and Community Organizer

David Litt

Speechwriter to President Barack Obama

David Frum

Speechwriter to President George W. Bush

Vanessa Grigoriadis

Journalist

David Harris

Startup Advocate, City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development

Zoe Quinn

Video Game Developer


Create a keep track of the sessions you want to attend by creating a schedule. Please note, this does not guarantee you a spot in the session. They are all first come, first served.

Online tickets will be available until 11:30 p.m. on January 31. You can still purchase Saturday tickets at the door.

View the Crosscut Festival schedule & directory.

Bring your appetite!

Head to The Quad from 11:30-2:00 on Saturday to check out the food truck selection and enjoy your meal in our heated tents!

Pricing Options

Online tickets will be available until 11:30 p.m. on January 31. You can still purchase Saturday tickets at the door.

SOLD OUT
Friday & Saturday Combo Ticket: $95
Saturday Only Ticket: $75 Student Tickets: $15 Senior (60+) Tickets: $60
A Conversation with West Coast Governors
Featuring Gov. Jay Inslee (WA) and Gov. Kate Brown (OR)
All Saturday festival tracks, sessions and panels
Networking with journalists and members of the media
Student Lounge access
Crosscut Festival afterparty
At Optimism Brewing Company

Friday/Saturday Combo Ticket: $95
(SOLD OUT! Saturday tickets still available!)

  • Access to the Friday night Governor's Panel featuring Jay Inslee (WA) in discussion on climate change
  • Access to all Saturday festival tracks, sessions and panels
  • An invitation to the Crosscut Festival afterparty
  • The opportunity to interact and network with journalists and members of the media

Saturday Only Ticket: $75

  • Access to all Saturday festival tracks, sessions and panels
  • An invitation to the Crosscut Festival afterparty
  • The opportunity to interact and network with journalists and members of the media

Student Tickets: $15

  • Access to all Saturday festival tracks, sessions and panels
  • Access to the Student Lounge
  • The opportunity to interact and network with speakers, journalists and members of the media

Senior (60+) Tickets: $60

  • Access to all Saturday festival tracks, sessions and panels
  • An invitation to the Crosscut Festival afterparty
  • The opportunity to interact and network with speakers, journalists and members of the media
  • Does NOT include Friday night Governors' panel

Crosscut Festival After-party
Keep the conversation and connections going at the official #CrosscutFest After-Party! Join the Crosscut Young Professionals Board for an all-ages evening of fun, games, thinking, and drinking at Optimism Brewing (1158 Broadway, between Madison & Union) immediately following the final session on Saturday, February 2 – the first drink is on us!*

For Crosscut Festival attendees who are 21+

We also offer the opportunity to sponsor a student! Your $15 donation will help us keep prices low for all currently enrolled students!

Get Your Tickets!

FAQ

Friday evening is completely sold out, but there are still Saturday tickets available.

You will receive a ticket to the Friday night Governors Panel and access to all Saturday panels/sessions, along with an invite to the after-party.

No, only combo tickets will be honored for the Friday Governors Panel.

Student tickets are open to all students, whether they are in school in Washington or elsewhere. Anyone with a student ID (high school, college, grad school) is permitted to purchase these discounted tickets.

Yes, though we encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance to avoid lines and the possibility of selling out.

Friday registration will open at 6:30 p.m directly in front of Pigott Auditorium in the Pigott Building. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., seating is open.

Saturday registration will open in the Student Center Hearth at 7:30 a.m.

No! We will have your name at registration, along with your festival badge.

Yes. All SU buildings are ADA accessible. There will also be two assisted listening devices (ALD) in each venue, which will be available first come, first serve.

The first panel begins at 9 a.m. and runs for approximately 45 minutes. The first keynote panel will begin at 10:15 a.m.

All panels are scheduled to run for 45 minutes.

Notecards and a pencil will be included in the bag you will be handed at check-in. We encourage attendees to write down their questions for our panelists and deposit them in the Q+A boxes located in each room. Depending on time, we will try to include these in the discussion.

No, all panels/sessions are first come, first served.

Doors for each panel will open 15 minutes before the advertised start time. Attendees are encouraged to form an orderly queue outside of each venue to ensure seating.

Due to the capacities of each venue there is no saving of seats permitted.

There will be food trucks available on the Quad from 11:30 a.m.– 2 p.m., along with a heated tent. There are also many restaurants surrounding the Seattle University campus.

Yes! The Crosscut Young Professionals Board will be hosting an after-party at Optimism Brewing Company directly following the festival, from 6–8 p.m. Included are a free drink for the first 150 people, complimentary appetizers, a caricature artist and the opportunity to keep the conversation going! You must present your festival badge at the door to gain admittance.

Reusable water bottles are encouraged, but there are no plastic bottles allowed on campus.

Questions?