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2019 SF Ethnic Dance Festival Weekend 1 in Berkeley

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival 2019 SF Ethnic Dance Festival Weekend 1 in Berkeley

Twenty-eight world dance and music groups composed of nearly five hundred local artists will take the stage for the 41st annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival—the largest, longest-running and most comprehensive event of its kind in North America. In association with Cal Performances, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival will return to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall in July. Two different programs will be presented Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7, at 3 pm and Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, at 3 pm and Zellerbach Hall is located at Bancroft Way and Dana Street in Berkeley. Nine groups of artists will make their Festival debuts and the season will feature eight world premieres.

Festival Co-Artistic Directors Patrick Makuakāne, Latanya d. Tigner, and Māhealani Uchiyama have announced the 2019 Festival lineup, which will feature Bay Area-based groups and artists representing dance and music from China, Egypt, India, Japan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Republic of Congo, Tahiti, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the US, Venezuela, and West Africa. The Festival’s 2019 Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Ron Wallace, Artistic Director of Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers, who has taught Scottish dance in the Bay Area and around the world for five decades, and RJ Muna, whose extraordinary photos of Festival artists have become a hallmark of the Festival since 2006. The Festival’s 2019 Community Leadership Award will be presented to David Lei, for his exemplary work with countless arts and community-based organizations in San Francisco.

Weekend one features Performances by 15 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world.
Afro Urban Society + Bearettes – Pan-Afro Urban Drumline and HBCU-Style Majorette Dance
Chitresh Das Institute - Indian Kathak
Gâta Bantu - Congolese Traditional
Jubilee American Dance Theatre - Cajun Country Social Dances
Kanyon Sayers-Roods – Ohlone Welcome and Blessing Kiazi Malonga – Congolese Traditional
Kohaku + Shiho Tendou - Japanese Traditional
L'Emir Hassan Harfouche + Georges Lammam Ensemble - Lebanese Dabke
Los Lupeños de San José - Mexican Folkloric (Mestizo)
Nicole Maria + Georges Lammam Ensemble - Egyptian Belly Dance
O D K - Afro-Pop
San Francisco Taiko Dojo - Japanese Taiko

Additional Dates:
Sun July 7, 2019 3:00pm
Zellerbach Hall

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