Events & Activities

Events are listed in alphabetical order


Act Now, Fight Back, Fight Trump!

LGBT Resistance to the Trump Administration

Date and Time: Sunday May 28 5:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Cowell Theater Lobby
Admission: FREE

Panelists discuss the impact of the Trump administration as it pertains to the LGBT community(ies)—in particular vis-à-vis the subjects of trans civil rights, gay marriage, health care and immigration. What are the immediate threats, how can the queer community respond, and what is the role of the artist in shining a torch on these issues and galvanizing the community? Learn More

Chris Carlsson, Shaping San Francisco

(USA) - The Hidden Histories of Fort Mason, Black Point and the North Shore


Date and Time: Saturday May 27, Noon
Duration: Two hours, no intermission
Location: The Chapel (box-office check in only)
Tickets: General Admission $13

A walking tour with historian Chris Carlsson that begins in the shadow of the Fontana Towers at Van Ness and Bay and concludes at the Fort Mason gates. During the excursion participants traverse the grounds of the old military base and discover nearby histories of farms, soldiers, lost lagoons, water flumes and an epic World’s Fair. Learn More

International Women Choreographers Panel Discussion

Six young women choreographers dialogue about their creative process.

Date and Time: Saturday May 27 6:30 PM
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Cowell Theater Lobby
Admission: FREE

Six young women choreographers discuss how economics and cultural practice impacts the creative process; the approaches they have taken to establish a niche, home or business model for themselves in their home (or adopted) city/country; and have there been ramifications for the performing arts due to the rise of “national populism” as a political force. Why are women artists’ voices important in the current socio-political climate? Learn More

Niloufar Talebi

(USA) - Abraham in Flames

Date and Time: Wednesday May 31 8:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission $25

A staged reading of the libretto for a new opera inspired by the life and writings of the Nobel-prize-nominated Iranian poet, activist, translator, and folklorist Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000). Audience feedback is sought in conversation with Ms. Talebi following the reading. Abraham in Flames is scheduled to premiere in 2018 and will be presented at the Festival in 2019. Learn More

The Road to Bali

A Panel Discussion

Date and Time: Saturday June 3 5:00 PM
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Building C Room 205
Admission: FREE

Over the last four decades, Bay Area artists and ensembles such as Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Larry Reed, Richard Marriott and Keith Terry have developed strong ties to artistic peers and communities on the island of Bali. What is the importance of Balinese culture and thought that underpins these creative meetings of minds and cultures? And, why is the future of this practice important for the practitioners and their communities? Learn More

Welcome to ICONS! The Organization for Choreographers

A presentation by Vladimir Angelov of Dance ICONS with a reception to follow.

Date and Time: Thursday June 1 6:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Cowell Theater Lobby
Admission: FREE with paid festival ticket.

Vladimir Angelov founded the International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography, a Washington DC based organization with a mission to hear from dance makers about their needs, goals and new ideas. The ICONS plan is to build an international networking association to advocate for the field. Bay Area choreographers are invited (along with peers, interested parties and SFIAF attendees) to learn more about ICONS. Learn More

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