The theme for SFIAF 2021 is
In response to the coronavirus pandemic San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) has conducted interviews and / or held conversations with dozens of Bay Area based performing artists. Staff have also attended / participated in online industry gatherings where many leaders in the field have expressed their opinions and ideas. Finally, along with the rest of the population, we have listened to the public and pundits on (mostly progressive) mass media channels and kept up with comments on arts oriented social media platforms.
Several themes have been recurring and prominent:
In San Francisco one solution that presents itself as a way of recognizing and responding to as many of the above listed conditions as possible is to initiate and coordinate hundreds of discrete outdoor performances in neighborhood-serving open spaces.
We are still working on the dates for 2021 (the possibilities range from spring to summer to early autumn). If you are a Bay Area based performing artist or arts administrator and you are interested in being part of an informal advisory group that is working on addressing the dates issue and further defining the priorities and ideas listed above, please send an email to email@example.com or call the SFIAF office at 415-399-9554.