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KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival

KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival

Closing out five days celebrating Filipino culture, KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival invites Toronto’s best Filipino restaurants and chefs to go head-to-head with their interpretations of Philippine roadside cuisine at the Street Eats Competition. The fight for the best feast will unfold at Yonge-Dundas Square August 9 from 12pm to 7pm.

The 10th annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival, presented by the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture, has a vibrant schedule of events programmed from August 5-9, 2015. Contemporary and traditional Filipino culture will be showcased through performance art, visual art, dance, music, poetry, craft and cuisine.

For 10 consecutive years, KULTURA has created a platform for Filipinos in Canada to showcase their contemporary cultural expressions. Whether newly landed or second generation, the rich heritage of home melds with the cultural fabric of Toronto to create artistic responses that are uniquely informed by the two.

Carlos Celdran, notable Filipino cultural activist and performance artist, opens the festival with his celebrated piece, Livin’ La Vida Imelda, fresh from a sold out run off-Broadway (Ma-Yi Theatre, NYC) in Fall 2014.  Celdran takes a metaphorical scalpel to the beloved/hated, infamous first lady Imelda Marcos, to reveal how she has influenced Philippine history and Filipino identity for better or for worse.

“We’re thrilled to have Carlos return to open the 10th annual KULTURA festival. “ commented Nicole Cajucom, Kapisanan’s new executive and artistic director.  “This irreverent, thought provoking, and wildly entertaining work casts the mythology of Imelda into an entirely new light, particularly for a younger generation who know little about her impact in our history.”

“So much about a culture is expressed through its cuisine and none more so than in the Philippines”, commented Kat Estacio, KULTURA festival director. “Our Street Eats Competition creates an exciting and accessible way for the diverse palates of Toronto, young and old to engage with the richness and depth that Filipino culture represents”.

Brand new this year is Balikbayan Renaissance: Ways of Weaving co-presented by Toronto based Kapwa Collective and featuring Cynthia Alberto, founder and director of Brooklyn’s Weaving Hand. Exploring and celebrating traditional and contemporary Philippine weaving and textiles, this immersive workshop will allow participants to get their hands dirty dyeing indigo, piña fibre (traditional Filipino hand-spun fibre from pineapple leaves) and raffia.

The vibrant KULTURA Live! Stage comes back with another year of spoken word, dance, and Original Pilipino Music (OPM). This year will see an exciting fusion of heritage and contemporary performers at Yonge-Dundas Square.

For more information, visit http://www.kultura.ca/

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