Kate Becker, Director of the Office of Film and Music, released the following statement in response to the Paris attacks.
“The tragedy in Paris on Friday illustrates how important it is to celebrate every day of life as the gift it is. The City of Seattle’s Office of Film and Music family wants to extend our sincerest condolences to the people of France and the family and friends of the victims of this horrific tragedy.
“Music is a way humanity transcends borders and distance. Like our friends in France, Seattleites recently attended an Eagles of Death Metal concert when they performed in Seattle on September 2 at the Showbox.
“The events of Friday the 13th, 2015 are tragic for so many reasons, but one that continues to echo in my thoughts is the stark contrast between what one feels when dancing and cheering to a favorite band and the terror that ended up becoming their night.
“As I, like so many of you, grapple with the events in France, one thing is clear; I will not let a small group of extremist terrorists change my behavior. I will continue to see shows, I will continue to dance, I will continue to attend clubs because I am free and alive. Celebrating music is how I plan to rebel against extremism, and I hope you will join me.
“Never stop dancing. In fact, there is not a better way to honor those who were lost or injured in France, than to dance the night away.”