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San Francisco International Arts Festival to Announce 2019 Festival Program at Annual Holiday Party on Sunday, December 2

SFIAF unveils the line-up for the 2019 Festival at its annual Holiday Dinner Party. A splendid evening will include performances by 2019 artists Sumi Lee, Sha Sha Higby, Jyotsna Vaidee and Nancy Wang. The evening will also include a 3-course dinner (with complementary wine), silent auctions, prize raffles and the Festivalís Holiday Music Bazaar, with unique gift ideas and stocking fillers for hard-to-please family members and significant others.

San Francisco, CA, November 05, 2018 --( The San Francisco International Arts Festival will publicly unveil the lineup for the 2019 Festival (May 23 - June ) at its annual Holiday Dinner & Party, Sunday December 2.

Members of the media writing for publication ahead of the December 2 event or those on a long lead deadline for May please contact The San Francisco International Arts Festival for a full lineup of artists participating in 2019.

There are a limited number of press seats available. Reviewing media may also contact us for tickets to attend and write about the event.

This year’s Festival Holiday Dinner & Party will also serve as an end-of-year fundraising event for the organization. A splendid evening will include sneak preview performances by some of the leading artists in the 2019 Festival (see below for more details), a three course dinner courtesy of Sorrento Catering (with complementary wine accompaniment), silent auctions, prize raffles and the Festival’s Holiday Music Bazaar - with unique gift ideas and stocking fillers for hard-to-please family members and significant others.

The performance component of the program will see tango pianist Sumi Lee of Golden Gate International Artists regale attendees with her renditions of Astor Piazzolla classics - among other selections; Sha Sha Higby will introduce audience participatory Balinese Puppetry from her research work to the proceedings; Jyotsna Vaidee of Samudra Dance Creations will perform solo Bharatanatyam dance previewing her 2019 Festival world premiere; Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tec will perform excerpts of “Shadows and Secrets” a true family story of murder and mystery in the Chinese community of prohibition era Chicago.

Festival Director Andrew Wood said of the occasion, "The holiday season always rolls around six months or so before we kick off the Festival so we like to combine our Holiday Party with the long-lead announcement of the line up for next year’s Festival program.

"It’s going to be a fun and festive evening with presentations by four great women artists – all with performances with different perspectives on Asia. Many other Festival artists will be on-hand to share their ideas and plans for 2019. Festival Passes will also be available for sale."

The San Francisco International Arts Festival is presented in partnership with the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and co-presented by the Eyes and Ears Foundation.

SFIAF’s December 2nd Holiday Party Host Committee: Clare Baxter, Jessica Fudim & the Dance Animals, Sha Sha Higby, Harriet & Norman Ishimoto, Sumi Lee Levy & Alex Zeyliger of Golden Gate International Artists, Niharika Mohanty of Guru Shradha, Karen Oakley, Mark Rennie, Deborah Slater of Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Jyotsna Vaidee of Samudra Dance Creations, Nancy Wang of Eth Noh Tec, Kyoko Yoshida and Carola Zertuche of Theatre Flamenco de San Francisco.

SFIAF 2019 is funded in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation, Taube Philanthropies, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Global Affairs Canada, Taiwan Academy, Taiwan Ministry of Culture and the Western Arts Federation (WESTAF).

December 2 Performing Artist Biographies
Nancy Wang grew up in New Orleans and Chicago, which influenced her perspectives as a Chinese woman in a white world. Heading west, Nancy initially found San Francisco’s Chinatown as alien as if she were from Iowa. But she eventually found her roots creating Eth-Noh-Tec with Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo. Nancy’s performances are a celebration of diversity and her multi-faceted Asian American identity.

Sha Sha Higby’s career has been affected strongly by studies and travels abroad to Indonesia and Viet Nam. In a career spanning 40 years she has performed nationally and internationally primarily as a solo artist throughout the U.S., Europe, and Southeast Asia. Sha Sha studied for two years in Japan, five years in Indonesia under a Fulbright Scholarship and six months in India. She has received numerous awards and grants.

Jyotsna Vaidee is a dedicated Bharatanatyam dance artists. She studies with Gurus Padma Bhushan Prof. C.V Chandrasekhar and abhinaya exponent Smt. Bragha Bessell. Jyoti believes Bharatanatyam can be used to communicate and discover themes that are both traditional and contemporary. She shares this passion via her dance institution in Los Altos. Jyoti holds a Masters in Computer Engineering and works at Google.

Sumi Lee works with SFIAF primarily as the founder of Golden Gate Artists International (managers for Pablo Estigarribia). However Sumi is also a classically trained pianist in her own right and has given concerts internationally and throughout the Bay Area. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is also a widely respected piano teacher.
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