Examining our stories, hxstories, narratives, beliefs - what are the interconnected threads we wish to investigate and untangle? What is there to discover when we unravel?
APAture is a multidisciplinary arts festival featuring the work of emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) artists local to the San Francisco Bay Area. Coinciding with Kearny Street Workshop's 45th Anniversary, APAture 2017 showcased talent from artists unraveling their stories in film, literature, music, performance, book arts, and visual arts. From September 30 to October 28, over 60 artists presented their work to approximately 1,000 festival-goers across multiple dates and venues around the South of Market area. At the opening, for the first time ever, KSW presented the Focus Award to artists who showed in APAture in the past and are making strides today, including Michael Arcega, Kristina Wong, Hasan Minhaj, Ali Wong and the late Justin Chin.
This year's festival could not be accomplished without all of our artists, staff, volunteers, co-presenters, sponsors and more! In its 16th year, APAture continues to be a space for artists and community members to inspire, connect and unravel their stories.
This year, we hit record sales with online ticket and Festival Pass purchases, saw a significant uptick in the last few months on our social media channels, and received a significant increase in coverage in print, online, and network media.
The Inquirer and Apex Express helped us put the spotlight on our artists and Focus Awardees, interviewing them about their work and artistic experiences through APAture. The festival's events were featured on SF Chronicle and SF Gate. Rea Lynn de Guzman, Featured Artist for the Visual Arts Showcase, also made it on an interview with Robert Handa for NBC, Book Arts showcase artist, Claire Lau, was covered by the largest chinese language newspaper in the US, the World Journal, and Vanessa Hua, Featured Artist for the Literary Arts Showcase, wrote her own article for the SF Chronicle, looking back on the beginning of APAture and Kearny Street Workshop's evolution over the past 45 years.
Thank you to Paloma Concordia and Laurenmarie Reyes from PapaLoDown Agency for helping us accomplish this!
After one full month of 6 showcases with over 60 artists, APAture 2017 ends with a Closing Reception and Costume Party this Saturday, October 28, 7-10pm at Arc Gallery. The Closing will feature music from DJ Knxout and Blush Dara who were Showcase Artists for this year's Music Showcase and a performance from magician, illusionist and mentalist, Dremagix! There will also be an altar to honor those who passed and who were deeply involved in APAture and KSW's community. Feel free to bring any photos or items to commemorate anyone you would like to honor in addition to dressing up and celebrating the end of this year's APAture! If you are bringing guests, please tell them to RSVP here to ensure they get in for free. All of you will be able to get in with your badges.
Let’s give it up one more time for everyone involved in this year’s festival!
Rea De Guzman
Rene Mary Pak Morrison
Invincible Magic Fist
Knxout & Blush Dara
Natasha Tamate Weiss
Nasi (Eda Yu, Athena Scott, Eileen Syrop)
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
BAD Repertory Theatre
Closing Reception Vendors
Little Spoon Creamery
The late Justin Chin
KEARNY STREET WORKSHOP STAFF
Jason Bayani (Artistic Director)
Rachel Lozada (Managing Director)
GENERAL PLANNING COMMITTEE
Diana Li (Festival Coordinator)
Dara Del Rosario
Ying Ying Wong
PHOTO & VIDEOGRAPHY
Erina C Alejo
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS
Laurenmarie Reyes and Paloma Concordia of PapaLoDown Agency
DESIGN & PRINT
KSW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amanda Chaudhary (President)
Paul Ocampo (Vice President)
Robynn Takayama (Secretary), Lawrence Liu