Seattle World Percussion Society (SWPS) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion, participation and appreciation of World Music, Drumming, & Dance in Seattle.  

We do this through:

  • Increased community access to music participation and learning resources

  • Cultural exchange and awareness

  • Arts education

SWPS celebrates and supports Seattle's vibrant web of world rhythm and dance teachers, performers and activities.  SWPS generates discovery and participation in these accessible arts by helping to link students to teachers and by sponsoring participatory rhythm and dance events.

Through experiencing the infectious rhythms of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, India, Asia, and Native America, people of all ages and cultures discover the pulse of creativity we share across all cultures.

Highlights of SWPS activities


World Rhythm Festival (WRF)

SWPS produces this annual event at Seattle Center. Drawing regional, national and international world music artists and participants, the WRF is one of largest events of its kind. Over 100 performances and participatory workshops highlight rhythm and dance traditions from around the planet.


Community Rhythm & Dance Events

SWPS organizes the Rhythm Tent at the NW Folklife Festival and supports other events produced by independent groups. This type of outreach gives people a chance to appreciate world music and culture and discover themselves as a musician.


Community Drum Kit

We have over 300 drums (djembes, dun duns, frame drums), and rhythm instruments available for teachers and facilitators of drum workshops and rhythm events in schools, at community events, and in health & wellness settings. SWPS drums have given thousands of people their first and often pivotal experience with drumming, the power of rhythm, and the thrill of group music-making.


Drumming Resources

The SWPS website connects with area teachers, performers, and events where people of all ages, interests and experience levels can pursue their learning about world music culture.  


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