World Arts West
SF Ethnic Dance Festival

The 40th Anniversary
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
July 6-22, 2018

Tickets available online here
Or by phone at City Box Office: 415.392.4400

“The city at its best” – Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle

Forty years ♦ Hundreds of dance styles ♦ Thousands of artists
Countless moments of joy
The ultimate embodiment of community

Join us for two distinct celebrations at San Francisco City Hall followed by two thrilling weekends of awe-inspiring performances in celebration of the Festival’s 40th Anniversary.

The festivities begin at noon on June 8 at San Francisco City Hall with an award-winning performance by the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, followed by the presentation of two of this year’s Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Awards: one to Lily Cai, and one to the Festival’s Lighting Designer for 39 years, Patty Ann Farrell. Click here for more information.

Next, the Festival will open on July 6 with a free Rotunda Dance Series performance at San Francisco City Hall, when we’ll fill that grand space with dance, music, and spoken word.

Then, we return to the Opera House July 14-15 and July 21-22 for performances by 21 dance and music ensembles showcasing the best of the Bay Area’s magnificent artistic community. We’re planning additional 40th Anniversary Celebration Events; check back frequently for updates.



Festival Opening Event at San Francisco City Hall
Friday, July 6 at Noon


Rotunda Dance Series performance by AERODANCE (Indian Folkloric – Gujarat), Mussel Rock Cloggers (Appalachian Clogging), and Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco and member of the Cherokee Nation, who will offer a special poem for the Festival opening.

Opera House Weekend One
Saturday, July 14, at 8pm / Sunday, July 15, at 2pm

TICKETS: $25-$45. Available online here, or by phone: 415.392.4400

Performances by 12 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world.

*Preshow musical performance outside the Opera House by Te Pura O Te Rahuraʽa (Tahitian ʽAparima) and in the lobby by Vinic-Kay (La Gente y El Canto) (Mexican Folkloric)

Performances by:
AguaClara Flamenco - Spanish Flamenco
Arenas Dance Company - Afro-Cuban
Bolivia Corazón de América - Bolivian Folkloric– Tarabuco and Potosí
Chitresh Das Youth Company (accompanied by the Toronto Tabla Ensemble) - North Indian Kathak
Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco (accompanied by Vinic-Kay) Mexican Folkloric – Tabasqueño
Leung’s White Crane Lion & Dragon Dance Association - Chinese Dragon Dance
Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers - Alaskan Yup’ik Eskimo
Parangal Dance Company - Philippine Folkloric – Meranao
Sandor Diabankouezi - Congolese Traditional
Te Pura O Te Rahuraʽa - Tahitian ʽŌteʽa and ʽAparima
Ye Feng - Chinese Contemporary

Opera House Weekend Two
Saturday, July 21, at 8pm / Sunday, July 22, at 2pm

TICKETS: $25-$45. Available online here, or by phone: 415.392.4400
Performances by 10 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world.

*Preshow musical performance outside the Opera House by Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwean Traditional) and in the lobby by Hermanos Herrera (Mexican Folkloric)

Performances by:
Ananya Tirumala - South Indian Kuchipudi
Antara Asthaayi Dance - North Indian Kathak
Caminos Flamencos - Spanish Flamenco
Charya Burt Cambodian Dance - Cambodian Classical
De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association - Afro-Peruvian
Los Danzantes de Aztlán de Fresno State (accompanied by Hermanos Herrera) -   Mexican Folkloric – Huapangos
Nimely Pan African Dance Company - Liberian Folkloric
OngDance Company - Korean Traditional and Contemporary

*Preshow Performances

Please arrive early to enjoy our special preshow musical performances.

Music performances outside the Opera House (standing experience)
*Saturdays (6:45pm - 7:10pm)
*Sundays (12:45pm - 1:10pm)

Music performances inside the Opera House lobby (standing experience)
*Saturdays (7:10pm - 7:40pm)
*Sundays (1:10pm - 1:40pm)

*Times are approximate and may adjust slightly on day of event.

Wheelchair accessible seating
We encourage you to contact City Box Office by phone at 415.392.4400 to discuss your specific needs so they can provide the best experience for you.

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