KULARTS-SF Convenes Third Annual DIALOGUE IN THE DIASPORA Featuring Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Artists
On the third weekend of June, from the 15th through the 17th, KULARTS SF will host its 3rd annual edition of “Dialogue in the Diaspora,” a three-day convening of diasporic Filipino artists and culture bearers to discuss and engage the ongoing development of Philippine arts across the globe. Still the only event of its kind, the gathering centers on the thought and output of Filipino art makers and arts organizations who originate from outside of The Philippines — a crucial space for exploring the cultural development of the various communities that make up the Filipino diaspora.
"SOMA Pilipinas has allowed us to see each other": SAMMAY on the SoMa and Reclaiming Filipinx Identity
SAMMAY, also known as Samantha Peñaflor Dizon, is an artivist, healer, and truth-speaker based in the Bay Area. She is a choreographer, producer, and interdisciplinary performance artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent whose work focuses on themes of decolonization and re-indigenization.
Drawing from the influence of the past and her spiritual connection to the ancestors of her Filipinx lineages, SAMMAY's latest work is Urban x Indigenous IV: Unite the Tribes featuring H.O.L.Y. (Hate Often Loves You) City premiering on June 16th-17th at the SOMArts Cultural Center.
Local Artists Complete First-Ever SOMA Pilipinas Mural for FMHI-SF!
Completed in May and debuting on June 8, 2018 at 6 PM, the bright and beautiful FMHI-sponsored mural at 595 Bryant adorns the rooftop of Mestiza, the Filipino-inspired taqueria that’s also a proud member of the SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Cultural Heritage District.
"Filipino Stories from SOMA" at CAAMFEST!
On Wednesday, May 16 2018, CAAMFEST, SOMA Pilipinas, and Kularts SF present the debut screening of Alleluia Panis’ dance film She, Who Can See, based on her live dance theatre performance of the same title. Presented alongside She, Who Can See are the stunning community documents Borja Family Movies and Rico, SOMA Pinoy. This special evening of vibrant short films presents audiences the opportunity to gain a wide yet intimate understanding of the history, stories, and people that comprise Filipino life in San Francisco and the South of Market — a place rich in tradition and narratives that has recently been recognized by the State of California as the SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Cultural Heritage District.
The proud history of arts and culture in San Francisco is an indelible part of the City's identity. However, with skyrocketing real estate costs, artists and arts groups are being forced out of the City in growing numbers. In turn, homelessness is on the rise -- and thousands of children and their families are without a home. Join SOMA Pilipinas in supporting a proposed ballot measure that addresses both of these urgent needs via funds from the City's hotel tax.