History Café: The Teen Dance Ordinance and Youth Political Action


Wednesday October 20


6:30 PM  –  7:30 PM

In 1985, Seattle’s vibrant all-ages club scene was abruptly quieted by the passage of the Teen Dance Ordinance. Young aspiring musicians could still play in venues like community centers, but it wasn’t the same as the club scene. Youth activism grew, culminating in a series of public meetings where youth and famous allies, like Krist Novoselic, formerly of Nirvana, spoke out in favor of all-ages clubs. The campaign led to the replacement of the Teen Dance Ordinance with the All-Ages Dance Ordinance in 2002.

Join us for a panel discussion about the history of Seattle’s all-ages venues, how youth activism swayed the city council, and the campaign’s lasting impact on Seattle’s music scene.

History Café is produced as a partnership between MOHAI and HistoryLink

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