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The approach of autumn means that numerous representatives from many, many cultures will be preparing to celebrate with a harvest festival of some sort. In San Francisco, you will have the opportunity to see more than your fair share of these events, so it is up to us here at the NLS blog to help you decide which ones to go see. What we’re going to focus on today is one of the absolute most classic autumnal events that the Bay Area has to offer: the Autumn Moon Festival.
According to many, the American contribution to the world musical scene crests and plateaus with the blues. Although this part of its heritage is often brushed over in favor of gentler stories from its multifaceted past, the blues are easily traced back to songs sung by slaves working under inhumane conditions predominantly in the southern states. These songs also form part of a rich tradition of music sung throughout the numerous regions of Africa, so “the blues” as we know them today are truly a fascinating result of sonic evolution. Today, these songs of loss, love, and despair have won the hearts of people from throughout the globe, and this is evidenced not only by the numerous bands dedicated simply to performing this type of music but also by the numerous festivals held with the blues at their core.
In keeping with our last post, we are going to continue highlighting festivals in the Bay Area that primarily feature art and crafts by local vendors instead of exploring any specific culture or unique traditions (although, one could argue that, rather than ignoring the wealth of cultural traditions and experiences permitting San Francisco, these art fairs instead offer a moment for every one of these traditions to sing together in a beautiful chorus of multiculturalism). Today, we turn our attention to another art festival happening this weekend.
Given the foundational role that Native American culture and heritage played in the development of our country and the exploration of the American landscape, it is important that we honor and recognize their traditions, rites, and practices. All too often it is easy to forget that our ancestors did not arrive at an empty continent, and that the survival of our relatives often times depended on the help of the native population.
When artists and urban areas collide, the result is often a spectacular air of brilliance. And, it’s unsurprising that San Francisco artists, natives and transplants alike, go above and beyond. The Illuminate SF event, which features eco-friendly temporary installments, permanent fixtures, and more, turns the beautiful Bay Area into a larger-than-life art gallery.
While September means fantastic events and experiences for all of sunny California, when it comes to festivals, San Francisco’s cup runs over (and then some). Take a look at some of the area’s best offerings for 2015.