World Arts West, producer of the renowned San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, is collaborating with Partnership for the Presidio to present World Arts West Dances In the Park, a brand new, outdoor event, held at the Presidio Main Parade Lawn on Oct 15, 2022 as part of the Presidio Tunnel Tops opening season!
World Arts West Dances in the Park is a FREE, all day event happening Saturday Oct. 15, 2022 from12pm – 5pm. This event marks World Arts West’s first full length live program since the pandemic began in 2020. World Arts West is one of three organizations chosen (along with Hip Hop for Change and the Korean Center Inc.) to collaborate with the Partnership for the Presidio (Presidio Trust, National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy), to expand their programming and welcome a more diverse audience to Presidio Tunnel Tops that opened in July, 2022.
World Arts West will not be presenting the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival this year due to ongoing concerns with the safety of indoor programming for large public events. We will keep our community updated on whether we will be able to bring it back next year. Keep up to date with us on our website, Facebook page and Instagram account.
World Arts West is thrilled to present this new outdoor event with wonderful cultural artists from around the Bay Area. The groups will be presenting dances from the African Diaspora, China, Egypt, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Mexico. Go to our website and follow our social media for updates on our line-up, information about the artists, and to RSVP/GET FREE TICKETS. We will open the day with a special performance from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts World Dance Department as a nod to our future and the importance of passing our traditions on to our youth.
Says Anne Huang, Executive Director, World Arts West: “I’m so excited that we are able to return to live programming this year! It’s been wonderful to partner with Partnership for the Presidio, which allows us to provide amazing programming to the community for free and diversify the experiences in our national parks.”
October 15th’s presenting artists are:
Cuicacalli Ballet Folklórico
Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts
Gbedu Town Radio by Afro Urban Society
Nicole Maria Dance & Friends
Feng Ye Dance Studio
World Arts West is recognized for creating the epicenter of cultural dance in California, including over 100 unique cultures, resulting in one of the most vibrant and diverse dance communities in the world. In the last four decades, World Arts West’s constituency has grown from a grassroots community of cultural artists to one of the largest world dance networks in the United States.
World Arts West’s long-term vision is to build a sustainable future for the cultural artist dance community by being the national thought leader, presenter, advocate, and service provider for the largest cultural artist network in the United States. World Arts West will work with artists, organizations, and communities to increase cultural competence and understanding as a foundational base for social justice.
Made possible with generous support from Bernard Osher Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Foundation, Walter & Elise Hass Fund, and Grants for the Arts.