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SF Ethnic Dance Festival
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Pooja Akella Arangetram presented by Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose
Pooja Akella accompanied by nattuvangam: Mythili Kumar & Malavika Walia,
vocal: Asha Ramesh, Mridangam: N. Narayanan, violin: Shanthi Narayanan

Saturday, August 26th @ 5:30 pm
Menlo Atherton Center for Performing Arts
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton

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20th Annual California Brazil Camp
Full-immersion program for professional performers, educators, or enthusiasts. Samba,
bossa, Brazilian jazz, choro, and more.

Session 1: August 20th-26th
Session 2: August 27th-September 2nd

More info: or or 415.824.2894

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu presents He Lei No Ka i Mo‘i Wahine Kapi‘olani – Lei Chant for Queen Kapi‘olani
An extraordinary opportunity to witness, in a single performance, the entire collection of chants written to celebrate the queen’s coronation in 1883. Presented and danced by senior members of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu. Suites of chants were composed by royal households, honoring ruling monarchs for special events. Rarely, are the entire collections showcased in one performance.

Sunday, August 27th @ 1pm

Z Space
450 Florida Street, San Francisco
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Rotunda Dance Series featuring Scott Wells & Dancers
Join us for free public performances at San Francisco City Hall. Presented by World Arts West and Dancers' Group. Open seating, feel free to bring your own folding chair or cushion.

Scott Wells & Dancers will present The Body is Not Waiting, a contact improvisation performance. In this work, Wells is considering that “We spend a fair, or rather unfair, amount of time not doing what we want. So much so that we can’t even sense what we want.”

The performance at City Hall is part of the lead-up to Scott Wells & Dancers’ 25th Anniversary season taking place December 1st-10th at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco. The season, entitled On the Occasion of Our Eviction and 25th Anniversary—The legacy of Ephemerality is responding to the company’s 2017 Ellis Act eviction from their home of 25 years, DanceGround Keriac.

Friday, September 1st @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall Rotunda
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
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Gamelan Sekar Jaya at the 43rd Annual Solano Stroll
Community event featuring an array of food, entertainment, vendors and more, with a free performance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya. Featuring Guest Music Director Wayan Gama Astawa from West Bali performing with the virtuosic gender wayang ensemble, and Sekar Jaya’s dancers led by Guest Dance Director Emiko Saraswati Susilo in lively traditional dance works.

Sunday, September 10th @11:15am
Solano Ave @ Santa Fe Ave, Albany

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Solskrit an Aditya Patel Company presents KRONOS a Broadway Style Bollywood Musical
It's 2126, Earth and Saturn are both at their heights of technological excellence. But a sudden celestial visitor to the solar system threatens the future of both planets. As both planets prepare to join forces to fend off this danger, a new threat quietly emerges.
Can anyone or anything stop this evil in time? Experience the Worlds first ever Bollywood SCI-FI Musical.

Friday, September 15th @ 8pm
Saturday, September 16th @ 4pm
Saturday, September 16th @ 7:30pm

Mexican Heritage Theater
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
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Beaucoup de Bellies Summer Fest
A belly dance show and bazaar featuring dancers of all levels and styles. Turkish coffee bar, food, DJ, all ages welcome. Drinks and light snacks available for purchase.

Sunday, September 17th @ 6pm

Sirens Studio at Subud Hall
234 Hutchins Ave, Sebastopol
Tickets scale $5-$10 available at the door - cash only
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San Francisco's 5th Annual Lady's Tango Festival
Friday-Sunday, September 22nd-24th

Alam del Tango Studio
167 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo
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LIKHA - Pilipino Folk Ensemble presents Karangalan
The LIKHA - Pilipino Folk Ensemble of San Francisco is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a cultural display honoring the many customs of the 7,000 island archipelago. The show, entitled Karangalan, means “to honor”, and LIKHA is bringing to the stage renounced cultural bearers from the Philippines who will participate in the performance.

Saturday, September 23rd @ 7pm
Sunday, September 24th @ 2pm

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Foundation Center Grant Workshop — A Road Map to Culturally Specific Grantseeking
Join Anne Huang and Kevin Seaman for a three-hour interactive workshop to build a culturally competent foundation in which to assess your organization’s grant readiness, gain insight into the funding process, implement a grant strategy, and create dynamic language that reflects your organization's unique practice.

Tuesday, October 3rd from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Foundation Center West
312 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Fee: $75-$95

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22nd Annual Arab Cultural Festival
Saturday, October 7th from 11 am - 6 pm

Union Square, San Francisco
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Hula Guyz

A dazzling program featuring kumu hula, musician extraordinaire, and Hawaiian cultural treasure Robert Cazimero. Featuring the men of Hālau nā Kamalei o Līlīlehua and the men of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wē

Saturday, October 21st @ 8 pm
Sunday, October 22nd @ 2 pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theater
3301 Lyon Street, SF
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International Taiko Festival
Featuring Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo with special guests.

Saturday, November 4th @ 7pm
Capuchino High, San Bruno
Online tickets available October 2017
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Auditions for 2018 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

Don't miss the liveliest and most diverse celebration of dance this season! You're invited to watch as the Bay Area's finest companies present dances from around the globe, hoping for a place in the July 2018 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Come for an hour, or stay all day—it's up to you!  You can even step out for lunch and come back for more (space permitting).

Saturday & Sunday, November 4th & 5th
Saturday & Sunday, November 11th & 12th
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, SF

$10 general admission at the door (cash only) with
in/out privileges all day space permitting
Free for children age 12 and under

Times and schedule will be posted here at the end of September/early October

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company presents — Africa Rising
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company commemorates its 42nd Anniversary
with public performances to honor the company's long-standing commitment to community, cultural traditions, and education.

Saturday, November 25th @ 8pm
Malonga Casquelourd Theater
1428 Alice Street, Oakland
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