South Asian American Arts Festival

Portland’s Inaugural “South Asian American Arts Festival”
Thursday March 8th – Sunday March 11th, 2018
LOCATION: PICA, 15 NE Hancock Street, Portland, OR 97212
(Design above by Dante Carlos, PICA’s Graphic Designer)
This event is an an all-age, multi-cultural celebration that showcases and highlights South Asian arts and artists. Poets, musicians, story-tellers, dancers, and multi-media artists will present performances, demonstrations, and workshops. The Festival will also host community conversations and panel discussions on topics of social justice, the immigrant life, cross-cultural community and friendship, and youth initiatives.
Curated and Presented by Subashini Ganesan and New Expressive Works
Funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council‘s Arts Equity Grant
Space and Technical Support Donated by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

NOTE: Events are Free unless noted. To purchase a highly subsidized Festival Pass – $35 (saves $50 if you attend all events) for all events visit

Thursday March 8th –
10:00am – 11:30am – Embodied Inquiry Workshop by Neera Malhotra (PSU)
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunchtime Panel on South Asians in local and global Social Justice and Activism
3:00pm – 5:00pm – Art Workshops (Youth Friendly)
7:00pm – 8:30pm – OPENING EVENING AND DINNER ($20, not included in Festival Pass –

FRIDAY March 9th:-
10:00am – 11:30am – Intercultural conversations Workshop with Pireeni Sundaralingam.
12:00pm – 1:30pm -Lunchtime panel with artists who have installed visual work in the space (Aruni DharmakirthiSabina Haque, and more TBD)
3:00pm – 5:00pm – Nepali Dance workshop with Prajwal Vajracharya
7:30pm – 9:00pm – “MUTHALAND” by Minita Gandhi ($15 ticket)
9:30pm onwards – DJ Anjali dance party ($15 ticket)

SATURDAY March 10th:-
10:00am – 11:30am – Panel Discussion on Teaching and Performing South Indian Dance forms in current day America. Moderator: Smt. Vasanti Jayaswal and Panelists Yashaswini RaghuramSweta Ravisankar and more TBD
12:00pm – 1:30pm -Lunchtime performance – South Asian youth dances AND multi-generational Folk Dances
2:00pm – 4:00pm – OFFSITE at Multnomah County Library.
5:00pm – 6:30pm – Family Friendly Dandiya Dance Party ($10 tickets for adults; FREE for all kids and youth under 18 years)
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Open Mic with community participation ($10 tickets)
9:30pm onwards – Dandiya Dance party ($15 ticket)

SUNDAY March 11th:-
10:00am – 11:30am – Panel Discussion on South Asia moderated by Dr.Priya Kapoor of PSU
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunchtime Folk-Dance Workshops
3:00pm – 4:30pm – “The Fusion Project” presents Indian/Jazz Fusion concert and Community Jam Session
5:30pm – 6:30pm – Excerpt of “This ember state (inside)” by Samita Sinha($15 Tickets)
7:00pm – 8:30pm – CLOSING CEREMONY ($10 ticket; Free for all kids and youth under 18 years)

Art Installations throughout the program:-
– Kolam/Rangoli Community Installation by Portland Community Artists
– Multi-media Installation by Sabina Haque
– Textile and media installation by Aruni Dharmakriti

Community Partners include:-
Multnomah County Library
Young Audiences of Oregon
Muslim Education Trust
Young Gifted and Brown
Advance Gender Equity in the Arts

GET YOUR PASSES TODAY! FRIDAY March 9th:-! All tickets for individual events will be sold at the door.
Join us for an all-ages, multi-generational, multi-media art-making and community building extravaganza!

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Date(s) -   Friday, March 9th
9:30 pm - 11:59 pm


15 NE Hancock Street

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