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. 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 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.
Awon Ohun Omnira (Voices of Freedom) is among the groups who will performing in EDF for the first time. “We are pleased and excited to represent our ancestors and our mentors, the McIntosh County Shouters, in this ritual known as the Ring Shout,” said AOO’s musical director Tobaji Stewart.
Link to the schedule is below. Tickets range from $28-$78 and can be found at sfethnicdancefestival.org.