One Reel Programs
We want to light up Seattle, the Northwest and the nation with the best, most interesting and unique events imaginable. The experiences we produce are emblematic of Seattle values: arts, accessibility and inclusivity. While many of our events are thought of as iconic and defining of our city, in fact it is ultimately Seattle that guides and defines our work.
Our projects have included Bumbershoot, Family 4th at Lake Union, Emerald City Search, Teatro ZinZanni, Summer Nights Concert Series, The Dreamliner Arts Festival, Goodwill Arts Festival, WOMAD and dozens of other memorable events and celebrations. We are proud to have been recognized numerous times over the years by our peers in the event and festival industries, including the 2008 Grand Pinnacle for Best Event to Bumbershoot—the highest honor bestowed by the International Festivals and Events Association.
North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot draws artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend. Unlike any other Festival, Bumbershoot is not only unique in the variety of disciplines showcased and the quality of its performers, but unique in that the producing organization is a nonprofit dependent upon charitable contributions from individuals and businesses.
Family 4th at Lake Union
The Family 4th at Lake Union has brought the entire Seattle community together for 25 years to celebrate our nation’s independence and the joy of summer in Seattle.The event serves over 500,000 people annually and calls for broad-based support that includes contributions from individuals as well as a coalition of businesses. One Reel is proud to produce this iconic, nationally-acclaimed event.
City of Music Career Day
What does your future look like? The City of Music Career Day is a one-day program jam-packed with information about what students need to do to propel themselves into a career in music and the music industry. Looking for tips from some of the area’s industry leaders? We got ’em. Looking to learn just what it takes to be successful and actually earn a living in this field? We’ll tell you all about it. Plus, Career Day participants have the opportunity to mix and mingle with organizations who may open their eyes (and ears, of course) to career paths they never even knew existed. And here’s the best part: this magical day is totally free to high school and college-aged students!
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Bumbershoot 2012 was a smashing success that will live on as one of the best ever. With a 10% increase in attendance over the last two years, the 42nd festival offered favorites and surprises for arts lovers of all ages. Brand new stages and curatorial partnerships kept things fresh, and with more than 250 performances of music, comedy, literary arts, film, theatre, dance, visual arts, spectacle and kids programming, Bumbershoot patrons were treated to a legendary feast for the heart and soul.
One Reel is known for the quality events we produce, and with the success of our large-scale events comes the challenge of making people aware that we are in fact a nonprofit organization. We serve over 600,000 people in Seattle and beyond each year with amazing events and experiences that are mostly free the public (and even though Bumbershoot relies on ticket revenue, we keep the costs of tickets substantially lower than similar festivals around the nation). We want the world to know that the best, most interesting and unique arts and cultural events imaginable can and do exist because of a nonprofit.