SAN FRANCISCO – The Filipino American Arts Exposition on Monday, July 11 announced the return to an in-person celebration for the 29th annual Pistahan Parade and Festival. With the theme of “Homecoming: Reconnect with Our Roots and Community,” this year’s festivities will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT each day at the Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. The Pistahan Parade will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.
To participate as a sponsor, exhibitor, performing artist, pavilion presenter, volunteer, and parade contingent, visit Pistahan.net.
The Pistahan Parade and Festival is the largest celebration of Filipino art, culture, dance, food, and music in the U.S. For the third year in a row, global audiences will be able livestream the two-day event via Kumu, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live.
The 29th Pistahan Parade kicks off the festival weekend on Saturday, Aug. 13, and is a colorful display of Filipino community pride and diversity, featuring festive floats, cultural dance groups, musical performances, and community organizations. The Parade will begin at the Civic Center, proceed up Market Street, and end at Yerba Buena Gardens.
The free two-day outdoor event will feature cultural performances, world-class entertainment, food trucks, artisan merchandise, and hands-on and authentic cultural experiences in six themed pavilions: Art, Culinary, Dance, Health, Innovation, and Sports. The Festival supports local artisans, food vendors, entrepreneurs, and more, and provides opportunities for guests to discover Philippine history, heritage, and traditions.
The 29th Pistahan Parade and Festival’s featured artist is Manila’s Taipan Lucero. His CalligraFilipino – Baybayin fine art calligraphy – is the centerpiece of this year’s Pistahan Parade and Festival poster. Lucero’s CalligraFilipino – which draws influence from elements of Filipino culture, such as our ancestors’ royal garbs and jewelry, the Maranao’s Okir, and the Pintados – has been featured by mainstream outlets on print, radio, television, and new media both in the Philippines and abroad. Lucero and numerous local artists will be showcased at this year’s Festival.
A full lineup of events and activities for the 29th Pistahan Parade and Festival will be announced at a later date.
The Filipino American Arts Exposition (FAAE) is a vital part of the rich tapestry of cultures and ethnic communities of the San Francisco Bay Area through its promotion of Filipino American art, music, film, and dance. FAAE celebrates its ancestral heritage and contemporary traditions, broadening awareness and deepening the understanding of Filipino history, achievements, and culture. Founded in 1994, FAAE is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that contributes to the artistic and cultural pride of the Filipino American community and strives to be a meaningful community tradition among the many great ethnic institutions of San Francisco. Follow FAAE at www.pistahan.net and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (pistahanSF).