Shamisen of Bachido & Awakko-Ren at Yerba Buena Gardens
12:30 PM12:30

Shamisen of Bachido & Awakko-Ren at Yerba Buena Gardens

Join us at the Yerba Buena Gardens (YBG) Thursday, July 20th. We're partnering with our talented shamisen player, Kyle Abbott of Bachido as part of the YGB Festival's Thursday Lunchtime Series. This is a free, outdoor event – you can RSVP on Facebook or find more information on the YBG Festival Website.

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39th Annual  San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
to Jul 9

39th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

I know of no regular event that more effectively, more movingly, recommends this country’s diverse inclusiveness than the annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.
— The New York Times

Celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the Bay Area in one of the grandest settings in San Francisco—the War Memorial Opera House.

The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival makes its debut at the Opera House with two weekends of performances featuring 24 extraordinary Bay Area dance and music ensembles that will thrill and inspire you.

You’ll experience dance and music traditions and innovations from Brazil, Central Europe, China, Congo, Cuba, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, Tahiti, West Africa, and Zimbabwe.

The dancers of the 2017 Festival will be joined by some of the Bay Area’s most accomplished and respected musicians, including percussionist John Santos and
tabla master Zakir Hussain. 

Additionally, two extraordinary vocalists will perform Delibes’ Flower Duet from Lakmé on the Festival stage! Soprano Maya Kherani & Countertenor Cortez Mitchell will accompany Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu during their performances on July 8 and 9.

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Japanese Cultural Day at the Hidden Villa
1:00 PM13:00

Japanese Cultural Day at the Hidden Villa

Awakko-ren will perform at the beautiful and secluded Hidden Villa as part of Japanese Culture Day. Parking is limited so RSVP on the Hidden Villa event page to get a parking pass.

From the Hidden Villa:

"Join us for an afternoon of traditional arts, taiko drumming and other music and dance performances, crafts and activities such as calligraphy, flower arranging and tea ceremony demos, a cool kendama contest, games, kids' craft activities, origami,  foods, visiting our farm animals, and much, much more!"
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