World Arts West
SF Ethnic Dance Festival


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


TICKETS ON SALE Tuesday, April 24

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

CELEBRATE WITH US!
Forty years
Hundreds of dance styles
Thousands of artists
Countless moments of joy
The ultimate embodiment of community


The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival returns to the War Memorial Opera House this July for two weekends of awe-inspiring performances in celebration of our 40th Anniversary.

Our celebration begins with a free Rotunda Dance Series event at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, July 6, at noon, 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.

At this year's Festival, you’ll experience dances and music from Alaska, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Cuba, India, Korea, Liberia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, Tahiti, the continental US, and Zimbabwe.

New Festival Artistic Directors Patrick Makuakāne, Latanya d. Tigner, and Māhealani Uchiyama bring their combined decades of groundbreaking accomplishment to our stage in a new way. You can read more about the Festival artistic team here.

Read the Festival press release here.




2018 SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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

FREE

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, ON SALE TUESDAY, APRIL 24

Performances by 11 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 (North Indian Kathak)
Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco (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)
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, ON SALE TUESDAY, APRIL 24

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 (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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