Crosscut Festival

May 3-8, 2021

About the Crosscut Festival

Journalists, politicians, authors, creators 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
Headliner's Night

The Crosscut Festival kicks off with the Headliners Night! The night 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.

The Experience

In 2021, Crosscut Festival will return in a virtual format, featuring sessions and events streaming online. This special year of the festival will be available at no-cost. 

The Headliners Night is an exclusive festival prologue to celebrate and support great public media and journalism in the Pacific Northwest and beyond; featuring appearances by PBS Newshour anchor, Judy Woodruff, European travel expert Rick Steves, and more exciting guests to be announced. A fundraiser for KCTS 9 and Crosscut, this event honors newsmakers who take us beyond the headlines and the creativity of our community. The evening will include cocktails and a retro TV dinner by the innovative team at Canlis Restaurant.

Festival programming will include a week of virtual conversations available online and select sessions will be broadcast on KCTS. Speakers from across the nation and around the region will join us to consider issues in politics, social justice, the economy, science, the environment, and the arts. 

2021 FEATURES

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Virtual Sessions + KCTS 9

Festival sessions will be available for live & on-demand viewing throughout the week and select sessions will be broadcast each evening on KCTS 9

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Arts + Experiences

A virtual and interactive guide to Seattle arts and culture.

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VIP Experience

Exclusive perks like chef meals, mixology classes, gift totes, books, exclusive programming and more

More Features

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Virtual lunch workshops
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Online book sales
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Students-only sessions
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City-Wide Virtual Arts Guide
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Closed captioning available for all sessions
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Sessions released on the podcast after event

Festival Tickets

General Admission

  • Cost: Free, RSVP required

Includes:

  • Access to all of the general admission sessions and events at the Crosscut Festival.
  • This event is free to attend but not free to put on. If you are in the position to make a contribution please consider the True Cost ticket or if you would like to donate a different amount use the donation option on the ticketing page.

True Cost

  • Cost: $40

Includes:

  • Access to all of the general admission sessions and events at the Crosscut Festival.
  • This event is free to attend but not free to put on. If you are in the position to make a contribution please consider the True Cost ticket or if you would like to donate a different amount use the donation option on the ticketing page.

Headliners Night (event only)

  • Cost: $25 (per person, open to Western WA residents only)

Includes:

  • Access to the Headliners Night VIP event on May 3rd
  • Access to all of the general admission sessions and events at the Crosscut Festival.

Headliners Night VIP

  • Cost: $75 (per person, open to Western WA residents only)

Includes:

  • Access to all of the general admission sessions and events at the Crosscut Festival.
  • Access to the Headliners Night VIP event on May 3rd
  •  "Date Night" cocktails and a retro TV dinner by the innovative team at Canlis 

VIP

  • Cost: $150 (per person, open to Western WA residents only)

Includes:

  • Access to all of the general admission sessions and events at the Crosscut Festival.
  • Access to VIP/Members Only sessions
  • Access to the Headliners Night VIP event on May 3rd
  • "Date Night" cocktails and a retro TV dinner by the innovative team at Canlis 
  • Keynote speaker book
  • Crosscut Festival tote bag
  • PBS Passport annual streaming subscription (one year)
  • Crosscut membership (one year)
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What is Crosscut?

Founded in 2007, Crosscut was a pioneer in the national landscape of local, online-only news outlets. Working out of coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall offices, its small team of writers broke fresh ground on topics such as transportation, homelessness and the reshaping of the urban landscape.

In 2015, Crosscut merged with KCTS 9 public television under the umbrella of a single nonprofit called Cascade Public Media. Today, our combined staff of reporters, video producers and web developers fills an essential role in the Northwest’s news ecosystem, focusing on politics and public policy, race and equity, arts and culture and the environment. We tell stories and provide context and analysis that helps people understand our fast-changing region and how they can be a part of shaping it for the better.

Media

Crosscut Talks Podcast

Browse the complete Crosscut Talks archives

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. 

 

Exclusive Interviews on Crosscut Now

Watch more episodes of Crosscut Now

This limited series airs on PBS and features one-on-one studio conversations with headlining speakers at Crosscut Festival.

Crosscut Now Studio Sessions: Janet Napolitano

While leading the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano created the legal framework for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and invested heavily in border and airport security technology. In 2013, she left DHS to become the president of the University of California. She is the author of “How Safe Are We?,” a critique of American security measures in the age of cyberwarfare.

Crosscut Festival in the News

Read more articles on Crosscut.com

Crosscut’s news coverage of Festival topics and panelists will take you behind the scenes and give you deeper insights into the issues that matter to you.

 

Volunteer

Sign up to be a part of Cascade Public Media’s volunteer program to find out more.

 

Volunteer at the festival

Location

The 2021 Crosscut Festival will include online virtual sessions and events, plus socially-distanced arts experiences throughout Seattle. Stay tuned for more details!

Sponsors

Crosscut Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners.

 

Thank you!

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