The 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival is in full swing, with over 300 musicians and dancers bringing traditions from every corner of the globe to stages in the city and around the Bay Area. Highlights this year will include the presentation of a Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award to Katherine and K.P. Kunhiraman for their work preserving and presenting the rare, stylized, classical Indian dance form of kathakali. This weekend brings nine dance companies to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Performers include the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, Azama Honryu Seifu Ichisen Kai USA Kinuko Mototake Okinawan Dance Academy, Dimensions Dance Theater, and more, taking audience members on a journey that ranges from our backyard in Oakland to the far reaches of Peru and Bali. The festival continues through June 29.
Sat., June 14, 1 & 7 p.m.; Sun., June 15, 1 p.m.; Sat., June 21, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., June 22, 2 p.m.; Sat., June 28, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 2 p.m., 2014