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Press release 2011
33RD Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Horton

33rd Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

June 3-July 3, 2011

Expands with More Performances & Events, New & More Diverse Venues

More than 30 of the Bay Area's most accomplished dance companies representing diverse dance traditions from around the world will take the stage

June 3-July 3, 2011 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, Forum and Gardens; Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall, SF City Hall Rotunda and Palace of Fine Arts Gardens

San Francisco, CA, February 2011--The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival--North America's most extensive celebration of the living traditions of dance and music from around the world --promises to whisk audiences away on a first-class global journey in dance for five weekends June 3- July 3 in San Francisco and Berkeley, CA. The 33rd annual Festival, which often sells out, will feature substantially more performances and events to accommodate growing audiences.

In addition to more performances and events, the Festival is expanding geographically from San Francisco to the East Bay. All new venues including San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts -including the Novellus Theater, Forum and Gardens; UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall, San Francisco's City Hall Rotunda and the Palace of Fine Arts Gardens will come to vivid life as more than 30 companies representing dance traditions from more than 20 cultures take the stage. The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival is the largest and most prestigious gathering of its kind in the country, with five weekends of performances and a different line up of performers each week. This year, the Festival will present several commissions, new work, premieres and a special performance and ceremony honoring the native Ohlone peoples of Northern California. Audience members have been known to come once, twice or even four times in order to fully enjoy this thrilling (and somewhat addictive) Bay Area celebration of global artistic heritage.

The 2011 Festival kicks off Friday, June 3, at Noon at San Francisco City Hall Rotunda with a free public performance and continues through July 3 with more than 20 performances and events. For more information about the 33rd annual Festival, visit


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