SF Ethnic Dance Festival

Oakland’s Awon Ohun Omnira is among the groups appearing for the first time in the Ethnic Dance Festival on the second weekend, July 13 and 14. Photo by RJ Muna.

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.

2019 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Schedule


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