Portland’s Inaugural South Asian American Arts Festival – March 8th – 11th 2018

Portland’s Inaugural “South Asian American Arts Festival”
Thursday March 8th – Sunday March 11th, 2018
LOCATION: PICA, 15 NE Hancock Street, Portland, OR 97212
This event is an an all-age, multi-cultural celebration that showcases and highlights South Asian arts and artists. Poets, musicians, story-tellers, dancers, and multi-media artists will present performances, demonstrations, and workshops. The Festival will also host community conversations and panel discussions on topics of social justice, the immigrant life, cross-cultural community and friendship, and youth initiatives.
Curated and Presented by Subashini Ganesan and New Expressive Works
Funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council‘s Arts Equity Grant
Space and Technical Support Donated by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
NOTE: Events are Free unless noted. To purchase a highly subsidized Festival Pass – $35 (saves $40 if you attend all ticketed events) for all ticketed events visit https://southasianfestpdx.brownpapertickets.com/.
Thursday March 8th –
10:00am – 11:30am – Embodied Inquiry Workshop by Neera Malhotra (PSU) – FREE
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunchtime Panel on South Asians in local and global Social Justice and Activism – FREE
3:00pm – 5:00pm – Art Workshops (Youth Friendly) – FREE

7:00pm – 8:30pm – OPENING EVENING AND DINNER ($20.00 not included in Festival Pass – https://southasianfestpdx.brownpapertickets.com/)

FRIDAY March 9th:-
10:00am – 11:30am – Intercultural conversations Workshop with Pireeni Sundaralingam. – FREE
12:00pm – 1:30pm -Lunchtime panel with artists who have installed visual work in the space (Aruni Dharmakirthi, Sabina Haque, and more TBD) – FREE
3:00pm – 5:00pm – Nepali Dance workshop with Prajwal Vajracharya – FREE

7:30pm – 9:00pm – “MUTHALAND” by Minita Gandhi ($15 ticket – https://fridaysouthasianfestpdx.brownpapertickets.com/ )

9:30pm onwards – DJ Anjali dance party ($15 ticket – https://fridaysouthasianfestpdx.brownpapertickets.com/)
SATURDAY March 10th:-
10:00am – 11:30am – Panel Discussion on Teaching and Performing South Indian Dance forms in current day America. Moderator: Smt. Vasanti Jayaswal and Panelists Mini Jairaj, Yashaswini Raghuram, Sweta Ravisankar – FREE
12:00pm – 1:30pm -Lunchtime performance – South Asian youth dances AND multi-generational Folk Dances – FREE
2:00pm – 4:00pm – OFFSITE at Multnomah County Library.
5:00pm – 6:30pm – Family Friendly Dandiya Dance Party ($10 tickets for adults; FREE for all kids and youth under 18 years – https://saturdaysouthasianfestpdx.brownpapertickets.com/)
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Open Mic with community participation ($10 tickets – https://saturdaysouthasianfestpdx.brownpapertickets.com/)
9:30pm onwards – Dandiya Dance party ($15 ticket – https://saturdaysouthasianfestpdx.brownpapertickets.com/)
SUNDAY March 11th:-
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunchtime Presentation: Introduction remarks by Dr. Priya Kapoor. Presenter Dr. Geetanjali Joshi. – FREE
3:00pm – 4:30pm – “The Fusion Project” presents Indian/Jazz Fusion concert and Community Jam Session – FREE
5:30pm – 6:30pm – Excerpt of “This ember state (inside)” by Samita Sinha ($15 Tickets – LIMITED TO 60 Audience Members – https://sundaysouthasianfestpdx.brownpapertickets.com/)
7:00pm – 8:30pm – CLOSING CEREMONY – FREE
Art Installations throughout the program:-
– “Super Hero Series” by Chitra Ganesh. On loan from KSMOCA-King School Museum of Contemporary Art; Organized by Roshani Thakore. All-Age Participation Encouraged.
– Kolam/Rangoli Community Installation by Portland Community Artists
– Multi-media Installation by Sabina Haque
– Textile and media installation by Aruni Dharmakirthi
– Interactive Digital Installation by Garima Thakur
Multnomah County Library
Portland International Women’s Day Organization
Portland Art Museum
Young Audiences of Oregon
Muslim Education Trust
Young Gifted and Brown
Advance Gender Equity in the Arts
GET YOUR PASSES TODAY! https://southasianfestpdx.brownpapertickets.com/
Join us for an all-ages, multi-generational, multi-media art-making and community building extravaganza!