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Crosscut Festival 2023

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About the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

Attend the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival returns with keynote events, a Headliners Gala, a full day of festival programming in-person, plus free streaming online sessions. Speakers from across the nation and around the region joined us to consider issues in politics, social justice, the economy, science, the environment, innovation and much, much more.

Join us April 29 - May 6 at the Amazon Meeting Center and quench your curiosity!



April 29
  • Headliners Gala (in-person, no virtual viewing)
May 2 - 4
  • Online Sessions
May 5
  • Online Sessions 
  • VIP-Only Kickoff Event (in-person, no virtual viewing)
May 6
  • Multiple Tracks of Sessions (in-person, no virtual viewing)
  • Attendee Happy Hour (in-person, no virtual viewing)
  • Closing Keynote (in-person, no virtual viewing)
headliners gala

Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.

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What is

Founded in 2007, 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, 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.