FilAm Arts (The Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture) announces the return of The Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC), on September 3, 2022, from 4 – 10 PM at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park.
The free event is open to the public and is now in its 28th year, acting as the longest-running Filipino cultural celebration in Southern California. The festival held its last in-person event in Echo Park in 2017, while in 2020 FilAm Arts produced a three-day virtual event which drew in thousands of viewers from around the world.
After 5 years, the event is ready to celebrate in-person though and brings an extremely strong line-up, activities, and cultural pride to MacArthur Park.
This year’s headlining artist will be Ruby Ibarra: rapper, music producer and spoken word artist. The list of main stage performers include cultural performances by: Rondalla Club of Los Angeles; Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts; Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts; Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble; new Filipina band; Pinay Voltron; Acapella group Filosophy; Headband Andy; Ella Jay Basco; Kajo; Kiana V; Q-York; Mica Javier; JayR; Ylona Garcia; Ez Mil; DJ Joel Quizon; Les The DJ and DJ CherishTheLuv.
An acoustic stage in the Rum Garden/VIP Tent will feature Melody of LA indie rock band The Mellowdees and more. In addition, the Balagtasan/ Poetry stage will be curated by Arianna “Lady B” Basco of Palms Up Academy. FilAm Visual Artists have also created a living memorial to honor community members who were lost to COVID this last few years in partnership with AF3IRM, Los Angeles.
“Since its inception, FPAC has given countless artists various opportunities to amplify the voices of Filipino-Americans and Filipinos in the diaspora. We all look forward to having FPAC return in person. Kaya natin ito ( We can do this),” says Giovanni Ortega, Festival Director.
The Festival (FPAC2022) will feature Filipino food booths curated by Usapan and merchandise booths curated by SoCal Filipinos; a ticketed VIP rum/craft beer garden; a community pavilion led by Search to Involve Pilipino Americans; the freshly-named Tony Ringor Senior Pavilion; Children’s Pavilion featuring Filipino storytelling with children’s books for sale from Philippine Expressions Bookshop; a vaccine clinic provided by LA County; a DWP Mobile Water trailer providing free drinking water to reduce plastic waste on site; Sari-Sari art installation by artist Francis Gum and a fleet of Toyota’s new vehicles.
“Levitt Los Angeles shares the beliefs that by celebrating the cultural diversity of our city we can create more connected communities and strengthen the social fabric of Los Angeles,” says Allison Keating, Executive Director of Levitt LA. “That is why we are excited and honored to host the FILAM Arts Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) and can’t wait to see everyone at the historic MacArthur Park.”
“We’re excited to have FPAC back in person. In true festival tradition, we continue to spotlight a strong lineup of Filipino and Filipino American multidisciplinary artists and vendors,” said Giselle Tongi-Walters, FilAm ARTS Executive Director.
About the event:
The 28th Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) is presented in partnership with the Levitt Pavilion, California Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs of Los Angeles, Toyota, Department of Health and Human Services, Kumu, National Asian American Coalition, Island Pacific Seafood Market, Warner Brothers Discovery Access and Magnolia. Community partners for FPAC2022: Abante are Usapan, SoCal Filipinos, Hotel Indigo, and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans.
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 and to Echo Park in 2017.
The Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) will be held on September 3, 2022 at Levitt Pavilion (MacArthur Park): 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, California 90057, United States
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