This year marks the 20th anniversary of KSW's annual, flagship festival, "APAture," a multidisciplinary arts festival featuring the work of emerging APA artists in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1999. The festival showcases talent in film, literature, music, performance, book arts, and visual art. From October 4 to 27, over 60 artists will present their work to over 1,000 festival-goers across multiple venues in the city.
In honor of APAture's 20th anniversary, this year's festival theme is "DECLARE." Among the lineup of featured artists include Jennifer S. Cheng (Literary Arts/NEA Fellow and Publishers Weekly's "Best Book of 2018"), Anand Vedawala (Book Arts/Executive Director of SF Zine Fest), Alle Hsu (Film/Awarded SFFILM's 2019 FilmHouse Residency) and Hien Huynh (Performing Arts) and returning APAture artists Versoul (Music) and Anh Bui (Visual Arts).
With Asian-Americans rising in the entertainment industry (Crazy Rich Asians, Always Be My Maybe, The Farewell), organizations like Kearny Street Workshop have been the foundation for APA creatives, empowering countless artists and community members to inspire, engage and thrive.
Kearny Street Workshop has earned the reputation of being a launching pad for APA artists from the Bay Area with APAture alums like comedians Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show and Patriot Act), Ali Wong (Baby Cobra and Always be My Maybe), Gene Luen Yang (writer/artist, DC's Super Man), and Hellen Jo (writer, Cartoon Network's Steven Universe).
In 2017, Ali Wong was honored as a recipient of KSW's inaugural Focus Award and shared, "I'm so grateful to Kearny Street Workshop for providing me with the opportunity to get up on stage. The experience was electric and motivated me to do stand-up again and again and again."
Free-$30 (some showcases are ticketed).
Presented by Kearny Street Workshop.
Oct. 4 6-10pm, Oct. 5 9pm -1am, Oct. 13 1-4pm, Oct. 18 7-10pm, Oct. 20 3-5:30pm, Oct. 25 8-10pm, Oct. 27 1-4pm
This year marks the 20th anniversary of KSW's annual, flagship festival, "APAture," a multidisciplinary arts festival featuring the work of emerging APA artists in the...