World Arts West
SF Ethnic Dance Festival

The 39th Annual
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
War Memorial Opera House Performances
July 8 -16, 2017

“I know of no regular event that more effectively, more movingly, recommends this country’s diverse inclusiveness than the annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.” – The New York Times
Celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the Bay Area in one of the grandest settings in San Francisco—the War Memorial Opera House.

The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival makes its debut at the Opera House with two weekends of performances featuring 24 extraordinary Bay Area dance and music ensembles that will thrill and inspire you.

You’ll experience dance and music traditions and innovations from Brazil, Central Europe, China, Congo, Cuba, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, Tahiti, West Africa, and Zimbabwe.

The dancers of the 2017 Festival will be joined by some of the Bay Area’s most accomplished and respected musicians, including percussionist John Santos and tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Tickets for the Opera House performances are now on sale


Scroll down for information about additional Festival programming in June.

2017 Festival Schedule


Opera House Weekend 1
Saturday, July 8 at 8pm*
Sunday, July 9 at 2pm*

War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove), San Francisco
TICKETS: $25-$45, ON SALE NOW

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

*Arrive early to see pre-show performances by Leung’s White Crane Lion & Dragon Dance Association (Chinese Lion Dance) and Vinic-Kay (La Gente y El Canto) (Mexican Folkloric)

Performances by: The Academy of Danse Libre (European Social Dances); De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association (Afro-Peruvian); Fogo Na Roupa Performing Company (Brazilian Folkloric— Maracatu); John Santos Sextet + Alayo Dance Company (Cuban Contemporary Folkloric); LIKHA - Pilipino Folk Ensemble (Filipino Folkloric—Mandayan and Tboli); Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (Hawaiian Hula); San Francisco Awakko Ren (Japanese Traditional—Awa Odori); Zakir Hussain + Antonia Minnecola (Indian Kathak).


Opera House Weekend 2
Saturday, July 15 at 8pm*
Sunday, July 16 at 2pm*

War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove), San Francisco
TICKETS: $25-$45, ON SALE NOW

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


*Arrive early to see pre-show performances by Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Balinese Jegog) and Zena Carlota (West African Kora)

Performances by: Ballet Afsaneh (Persian-Iranian Contemporary); Ballet Folklórico México Danza (Mexican Folkloric); BITEZO BIA KONGO (Congolese Traditional); Gurus of Dance, an Aditya Patel Company (Indian Bollywood); Māhealani Uchiyama (Zimbabwean Mbira); Natya at Berkeley (Indian Bharatanatyam); Te Mana O Te Ra (Tahitian Oteʻa); Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco + La Tania (Spanish Flamenco); YaoYong Dance (Chinese Folkloric—Mongolia), Zena Carlota (West African Kora).
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NEW! Special Festival program at the
Commonwealth Club of California–San Francisco
Friday, June 9 at Noon
Featuring AguaClara Flamenco and
Parangal Dance Company

What does it take to perform on the Festival stage? How do our artists research and develop the dances they present? What inspires them? What challenges do they face, especially in today's economic and political climate?

These are just a few of the topics we'll cover in this special discussion with performances at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, featuring AguaClara Flamenco and Parangal Dance Company.

Admission to this program is $20 for the General Public and free for all Commonwealth Club members. Tickets are available online here. The program will take place at the Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street in San Francisco.