Program Overview

Curious what might be happening in 2012? There will be competitions, exhibits and opportunities for fun and learning at the Seattle Center grounds over the six months of the celebration. Planning continues through 2011 on activities associated with each of the key focus areas. Here’s a sneak preview of some programs in the works.

Seattle World’s Fair Documentary
KCTS 9′s one-hour When Seattle Invented the Future documentary tells the story of how the Century 21 Exposition began as a promotional stunt to put Seattle on the map but wound up shaping the future of a city. Through historical photographs and motion pictures of the Seattle World’s Fair, When Seattle Invented the Future brings to life the textures and sounds of Seattle in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s and the excitement and ambition the Fair ignited. The documentary premieres on KCTS 9 in February 2012, with distribution to public television stations nationwide.

History Exhibit
The Museum of History & Industry and Seattle Center Foundation are working together to create an onsite exhibit featuring artifacts and memorabilia from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, and they will present a travelling exhibit on the history of all world’s fairs.

Seattle Opera Simulcast in KeyArena
Seattle Opera will simulcast the opening night of Madama Butterfly, the beloved opera by Giacomo Puccini, at KeyArena in May 2012. This public viewing will offer the magic of a full opera performance to thousands of additional patrons.

Special Dance Production by Mark Morris
Pacific Northwest Ballet has commissioned Mark Morris to create a work dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

SIFF Film Series
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), in partnership with The Next Fifty, will be hosting a series of films and forum discussions throughout the six months of the celebration. The series will highlight The Next Fifty focus areas. Keep an eye out for announcements on ways young people can explore The Next Fifty through the medium of film.

Seattle Science Festival
As part of the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair, Pacific Science Center and collaborators from throughout the region are joining forces to present the first-ever Seattle Science Festival in June, 2012. The month-long series of events includes several days of science and technology-related activities and programs offered at venues around Seattle, a distinguished lecture series featuring luminaries from the science world, and a large-scale Science Expo at Seattle Center, featuring hands-on exhibits, experiments, demonstrations, games, and live performances to engage, educate and entertain audiences of all ages.

King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
Step into one of history’s most treasured stories in Tutankhamun: The Golden King and The Great Pharaohs, on exhibition at Pacific Science Center, May 24, 2012-January 6, 2013. With more than twice the number of artifacts than the original Tut exhibit that toured in the 1970s, the exhibit features more than 100 objects from King Tut’s tomb as well as artifacts from ancient sites representing some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history.