San Francisco International Arts Festival 2019
The Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is one of the premiere institutions operating within the city of San Francisco. Every year, it provides a space and opportunity for hundreds and hundreds of artists from around the world to showcase their work and reach an audience that otherwise might never hear of these pioneering voices. While the normal programming for the center is certainly worth checking out, there is one event in particular that deserves to be at the top of your to-do list if you happen to be in or around the Bay Area between May 23rd and June 2nd.
We are speaking here of the San Francisco International Arts Festival, held every spring at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. The event will feature the work of over 50 incredible artists from throughout the Bay Area as well as international voices working from 12 different countries. Because of the sheer scope of this event, it can’t be held at just one place. Instead, venues throughout San Francisco will open their doors to host art exhibitions, dance showcases, comedy performances, original and traditional theater and other such acts, and so many more wonderful things that to list them all would take 1001 nights. At least.
Not just the work of individuals, the art to be seen at the San Francisco International Arts Festival will show to what degree individuals from around the world can collaborate on artistic endeavors to achieve remarkable goals.
Some of the many acts performing and/or presenting throughout the city at this year’s festival include:
- The San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company, performing Don Quixote Rides Again
- Ledoh, a collaboration between U.S. and Burmese artists, will be performing the world-premiere of their piece POOLREADY!
- Jessica Fertonani Cooke, performing Spectacle of the Snake II
- Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, a Canadian acrobatic and dance company, will perform their U.S. premiere of Complexe des Genres
- Collective Ma’Louba, a Syrian and German collaboration, making their U.S. premiere of 2017’s Your Love is Fire
- Aco Tomine, a Japanese folk singer and songwriter, performing both traditional Japanese folk music as well as original pieces.
Again, the amount of events happening during this festival is impossible to fully list on this blog, but there is definitely something for everyone at the San Francisco International Arts Festival.