Crosscut Festival

Big Issues & Bold Ideas  April 30 - May 2, 2020

About the Crosscut Festival

Two days of thought-provoking conversations and innovative thinking, tackling the most important issues of our times. Journalists, politicians, authors, and newsmakers from our community and around the nation come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.

100+ Speakers
40+ Sessions
2000 Attendees
Endless Ideas

Speakers & Sessions

Crosscut Festival programming focuses on Politics, Race & Social Justice, Climate & Environment, Technology, Arts & Culture. Speakers have included political leaders such as Senator Jeff Merkley, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Governor Jay Inslee. Policy conversations have been lead by Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro; and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Whitman. Moderators and authors who have joined the festival include pulitzer-prize winning journalists from The New York Times, Slate, PBS, Washington Post, CNN, Frontline, Propublica, National Review, NPR, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. The festival has also hosted conversations with Grammy-winning artist, Macklemore and Super Bowl champion Doug Baldwin. 

Our 2020 lineup and panelist names, session topics and schedule will be released in early spring 2020! 

 

Just Announced!

Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS Newshour, will be moderating our opening keynote at Town Hall on Friday May 1st.

 

Podcasts & TV

Macklemore speaking at the Crosscut Festival

Crosscut Talks

Crosscut Talks Podcasts feature recordings from every session at the 2019 Festival. They are available to listen and download everywhere you get to your favorite podcasts. Catch up on what you may have missed on Crosscut.com

Still from Crosscut Now Studios Sessions footage

Crosscut Now

This limited series airs on PBS and features one-on-one studio conversations with headlining speakers at Crosscut Festival. Catch up on what you may have missed on KCTS9.org 

What to Expect

On Thursday, the Headliners Gala is one of the exciting events taking place during the 2020 Crosscut Festival and brings our community together to celebrate and support great public media and journalism in the Pacific Northwest. Providing funding for KCTS 9 and Crosscut, this special event honors newsmakers who take us beyond the headlines. We’re pleased to announce Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, will be our guest at the first annual Headliners Gala. Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at NBC, CNN and PBS.

 

Friday programming includes events throughout the day in and around Capitol Hill, following by an opening night keynote at Town Hall Seattle. On Saturday, Crosscut Festival takes over the Seattle University campus for a day full of conversation and activities featuring more than 100 speakers from across the nation and around the region. Sessions will take place concurrently across five venues. Following the last session of the day, we celebrate the close of the festival with a closing party featuring a beer garden, entertainment and the opportunity to mingle with your fellow attendees.

Tickets

Select your ticket options and check out through Eventbrite.

Full Pass

$160
  • Access to the Friday evening Keynote
  • Access to all Friday activities
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to Saturday closing party

Friday Only

$60
  • Access to the Friday evening Keynote
  • Access to all Friday activities

Saturday Only

$75
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to Saturday closing party

Student Full Pass

$40
  • Access to the Friday evening Keynote
  • Access to all Friday activities
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to Saturday closing party

Student

$25
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to Saturday closing party

VIP Pass

$300
  • Invitation to the VIP Reception at Town Hall
  • Access to the Friday evening Keynote
  • Access to all Friday activities
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to Saturday closing party
  • Access to the VIP Lounge at Seattle University
  • Access to the Priority line at all Seattle University venues

Headliners Gala

$250
  • Access to the Headliners Gala
 
Full Pass
Friday Only
Saturday Only
Student Full Pass
Student
VIP Pass
Headliners Gala
Ticket Price: $160 $60 $125 $40 $25 $300 $250
Friday evening keynote      
All Friday activities      
All Saturday activities    
Saturday Closing Party    
VIP Reception at Town Hall            
Priority line access at all Seattle University venues            
VIP Lounge access at Seattle University            
Headliners Gala            

Volunteer

Interested in volunteering for the Crosscut Festival? Volunteers who complete a minimum of 4 hours are invited to attend any Saturday programming outside the hours of their shift. Sign up to be a part of Cascade Public Media’s volunteer program to find out more!

 

Volunteer at the festival

Call for Entries

What would you like to see this year at the Crosscut Festival? We are looking for your thoughts on the panels and panelists that matter to you. Click below to submit your ideas for topics you’d like cover at the festival, along with the panelists & moderators you’d like to see!

 

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