We are sorry: SFIAF 2020 is CANCELLED.
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2020 San Francisco
International Arts Festival

It is with regret and sadness that the San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) must announce the cancellation of the 2020 Festival program. The multidisciplinary event was to have run in partnership with the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture from May 19 - 31. The cancellation will mean monetary and equivalent losses in excess of $200,000 for Bay Area artists scheduled to perform at the Festival. As with many cultural organizations throughout the world, the reason for the cancellation is the necessary government restrictions placed on public gatherings as a result of the global outbreak of corona-virus.

The Festival was among the last performing arts organizations in the Bay Area to concede that it would be impossible to open this spring. The reason the Festival was perhaps more reluctant than other arts organizations to close its doors was the nature of its relationships with the more than 50 plus individual artists and ensembles (40 local and 10 international) that comprised the festival program this year.

The level of commitment the artists make to being in the Festival means it is extremely difficult for SFIAF to simply cancel without considering all of the possible scenarios first. We owe it to the artists to make an extra effort to provide a platform for their work. As such, we tried to explore every option and permutation......and waited until the last possible minute before letting go. Although ending the program was ultimately unavoidable, it does not make it any easier or mitigate the losses to the artists. They are primarily sole-proprietors, independent contractors and small non-profit businesses. Recovering from this type of financial hit will be difficult and take a long time.

Members of the public who wish to help by making a tax deductible donation to Bay Area based artists who were to have performed at the Festival this year can do so by making a debit or credit card using the box on the left.

Or please send cheques to

San Francisco International Arts Festival
870 Market Street Suite 1258
San Francisco, CA 94102-2917

The 2021 Festival is scheduled to take place at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture from May 27 – June 6. We hope you will be able to join us next year and we look forward to seeing you then. To receive program announcements and to be kept up to date with what we are planning please join our mailing list at this link.

In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones will stay safe.

Best wishes

Andrew Wood
Executive Director
San Francisco International Arts Festival






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San Francisco International Arts Festival
Phone Number: 415-399-9554 | Email: info@sfiaf.org
870 Market Street, Suite 1258, San Francisco, CA 94102