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For 50 years the Seattle Center has served as a cultural and civic gathering place. The 74 acres of buildings and open space put Seattle on the map, drawing some 10 million visitors back in 1962 and changing the city forever.

The Seattle Center on Saturday launched The Next Fifty, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair with six months community discussions, cutting edge visual arts, live entertainment, exhibits and attractions, and family fun.

The Next Fifty begins on Saturday, April 21 with a full day of celebration and concludes on Sunday, Oct 21, dates chosen to coincide with those of the 1962 World's Fair.

Similar to the 1962 World's Fair, The Next Fifty looks to the future for much of its inspiration and programming ideas. Many of the planned events, including most exhibits and weekend gatherings, are free and open to the public.

A free exhibit called Remembering the Future, curated by MOHAI, is open to the public seven days a week and features memorabilia from the 1962 World's Fair. It is located in the International Fountain Pavilion at Seattle Center.

Many of the evening and weekend events, including conferences, performances, speakers and film series, will be presented in the Intiman Playhouse.

For more information and a list of events, visit http://seattlecenter.com/

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