Arts & culture festival returns to Echo Park Lake anew
LOS ANGELES – The Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) will return to Echo Park Lake anew on October 14, 2017.
FPAC is the flagship project of the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture (FilAm ARTS), a Southern California-based nonprofit that aims to promote the arts and diverse cultural heritage of Filipinos through arts services, presentation, and education.
The popular festival is the largest and longest-running Filipino cultural celebration in Los Angeles. Audiences can expect to enjoy traditional and contemporary Filipino food, music, performances, arts, and crafts.
Organizers emphasized the relevance of the arts, especially given the current socio-political climate in the U.S.. According to FilAm ARTS board member Winston Emano, at a time of seemingly open divisiveness in our country, FPAC is significant now, more than ever.
“FPAC allows us both to reinforce within our own but, also to share with our non-Filipino neighbors, the richness of our arts, the abundance of our talent and the beauty of our culture as contributions to our greater community and our shared history,” Emano said.
“The festival represents a lot of things to many. But, we harken back to one of its fundamental reasons for being – representation. Over a quarter of a century later, it remains as important as ever,” he said.
The Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) was first conceptualized in 1990 as part of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department’s Festivals Program, an arts program designed to address the diverse and multicultural population 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. Around 3,000 festival goers braved the aftermath of the L.A. riots that occurred the week before, and came together to celebrate Filipino arts and culture.
Since then, FPAC has grown bigger and stronger, moving up to various venues like Cabrillo Beach in 1994, and Pt. Fermin Park in 2001. In 2015, FPAC celebrated the contributions of Fil-Ams to Los Angeles, and held the festival at the heart of LA – Grand Park. In 2016, FPAC “came home” and was held at Echo Park Lake in Historic Filipinotown.
This year, with the festival being held at Echo Park Lake for the second year in a row, FPAC patrons can expect a diverse lineup of talented musicians, vocalists, dancers, visual artists and more. Headliners, artists, speakers, and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
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, LA CD14 CM Jose Huizar, LA CD15 CM Joe Buscaino, Toyota, McDonald’s, the Asian Journal, Island Pacific, and Herbalaria.
For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/FPAC2017 or call (213) 380-3722. For sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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