The 25th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture: Official Press Release

FPAC 25 COMES TO ECHO PARK LAKE

Popular, Annual Arts and Culture Tradition Celebrates Silver Anniversary October 8

 

July 27, 2016

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture (FilAm ARTS) confirmed the date and venue for the anticipated Silver Anniversary edition of its annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture. 

 

FPAC 25, the 25th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC), will take place Saturday, October 8 at the beautiful Echo Park Lake. Admission is FREE.

 

The popular festival, the City of Los Angeles’ Filipino American Event, is the longest-running Filipino cultural celebration in Southern California. Audiences can expect to enjoy traditional and contemporary Filipino food, music, dance, crafts and culture.

 

This year’s theme, “Samu’t Sari: Showcasing the Diverse Creative Tapestry of the FilAm Community,” lends its meaning to the Tagalog phrase samu’t sari, which loosely translates to “diversity.” While certainly a hot topic in today’s society, FilAm Arts focuses on the vast contributions of Filipino American artists to the creative tapestry of the City.  

 

“Every year, for the past 24 years, FPAC has provided an opportunity for our community to creatively honor and celebrate our culture with a view toward a grateful understanding of our Filipino American history,” states Winston Emano, FilAm Arts Board Member. “This is the spirit that keeps FPAC going. But, beyond that, it’s a big Filipino party for us and for all our Southern California neighbors.”

 

The Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) was first conceptualized in 1990 as part of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department’s Festivals Program, an arts program designed to address the multicultural constituency of the city. Organized by about 100 artists and community leaders, the first FPAC took place at Los Angeles City College on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1992, where 3,000 participants braved the aftermath of the L.A. riots that occurred the week before. Since then, FPAC has only grown stronger and bigger, moving to Cabrillo Beach in 1994, then to Pt. Fermin Park in 2001. In 2015, FPAC celebrated the contributions of Filipino Americans, tracing its heritage in the City to its founding, by holding the festival at the official birthplace of the City of Los Angeles. This year, FPAC “goes home” to Downtown Los Angeles in the Historic Filipinotown/Echo Park District.  

 

“This is an all-inclusive invitation to our FPAC family—both past and present—to return and celebrate with the Filipino American community as well as our neighboring communities, and discover or be reacquainted with the rich culture and artistry of the Filipino diaspora,” he added.

 

 

Festival patrons can expect a diverse lineup of talented musicians, vocalists, dancers, visual artists and more. List of headliners and artists will be announced to follow.

 

FPAC is a free event; no admission is needed for entry. FPAC is sponsored in part by the: National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, California Council for Humanities, LA County Arts Commission, City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs, LA City Council District 13 CM Mitch O’Farrell, Toyota, McDonald’s, Western Union, AARP, LA-18, The Filipino Channel / ABS-CBN, Asian Journal (and others). For more information, please visit www.filamarts.org or call213-380-3722.  For sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please email info@filamarts.org. 

 

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ABOUT FIL-AM ARTS:

Embracing the value of KAPWA (shared being), the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture’s (also known as FilAm ARTS) mission is to facilitate community synergy and transformation by advancing the arts and diverse cultural heritage of Filipinos through arts services, presentation, and education.

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PRESS CONTACT:

Tina Bulchand  tina@filamarts.org

Winston Emano winston.emano@gmail.com