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Crosscut Festival 2022

May 3–7, 2022

What is the Crosscut Festival?

The Crosscut Festival is a celebration of big ideas and bold thinking - a gathering of a community of the curious. Connect with noteworthy political leaders and newsmakers along with authors, journalists and experts focused on the most important issues of our time. The Crosscut Festival features firesides interviews, panels and special events that explore forward-thinking in Politics, Social Justice, the Environment, History, Innovation and more.

50+

speakers

25+

events

2000+

attendees

Endless

ideas

The Experience

In 2023, the Crosscut Ideas Festival returns in a hybrid format, featuring in-person keynote events, a full day of festival programming and streaming online events. 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 more.

This year’s Crosscut Ideas Festival will take place May 2 - 6, 2023 at the Amazon Meeting Center and includes the following:


April 29, 2023

  • Headliners Gala fundraiser 

May 2, 2023 

  • Virtual programming 
  • VIP-only kickoff event 

May 3 - 6, 2023

  • Virtual programming 
  • In-person evening keynote events


May 6, 2023

  • In-person daytime programming 
  • Attendee happy hour
  • Closing keynote


The Headliners Gala is an exclusive festival prologue on April 30 to celebrate and support great public media and journalism in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. A fundraiser for KCTS 9 and Crosscut, this event honors newsmakers who take us beyond the headlines and the creativity of our community. 

Crosscut Festival VIP experience

headliners gala

Attend our exclusive fundraising kickoff event to mingle with select speakers while supporting public media and local journalism.

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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.