Santa Monica Festival, a yearly community and cultural arts extravaganza, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14th, at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission is free.
This is the 14th year of the festival, which seeks to showcase emerging talent.
The festival includes international music, theater, dance, food, arts workshops and ecological activities.
The opening activity of the festival is Walk Santa Monica, part of the city’s Active Living Program, which encourages residents to walk 10,000 steps a day for better health.
Participants can take the walk dressed in “wearable art” accompanied by Afro-Brazilian drummers and dancers from Viver Brasil, along with local high school students and students in Santa Monica College’s dance program.
The festival will have two stages at Clover Park and some nearby corellating musical performances at the Talking Stick Coffee House, 1630 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica.
The emcee of the main stage will be Maria Elena Fernandez, a Los Angles-based performer currently touring with her play, Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist, a comedic chronicle of her rebellion against traditional Mexican upbringing.
Performers include Paul Livingstone and the Arohi Ensemble, world music with Indian and Afghani influences at noon; Korean Classical Music & Dance Company, youth dancers and musicians with colorful costumes and Korean instruments, at 1:45 p.m.; country music with I See Hawks in LA at 3:15 p.m.; “positive” hip-hop dance with Culture Shock Los Angeles Dance Troupe at 4:45 p.m.; and urban/hip-hop/soul and Afro-Latin rhythms with O-Maya at 6 p.m.
Joe Hernandez-Kolski and DJ Jedi will serve as emcees on the second stage. Hernandez-Kolski hosts and writes Si TV’s Not So Foreign Filmmakers Showcase, and DJ Jedi is a ten-year veteran of the hip-hop and spoken word scene.
Performers on the second stage include Peggy Sue Fisher, who will lead a traditional Maypole Dance with local school children at 1 p.m.; Youth Education/Entertainment Series at 2:30 p.m.; Downbeat 720, a local open mic/poetry/music/performance program for local high school students, at 4 p.m.; and Downbeat Showdown teen talent competition performances by local high school students at 5:15 p.m.
Workshops at the festival will include Windwings with Marni Gittleman, where participants create wearable art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hidden Wisdom Labyrinth with 18th Street Arts Center, where participants create a Chinese takeout box, then use it to gift wrap their own wise sayings to be exchanged for another’s, from noon to 5 p.m.; Kite Runner Kites and Dragons, and Dreams and Daring Deeds Dress-up workshops with the Santa Monica Public Library from 12:30 to 5 p.m.; and Superhero of Santa Monica Workshop with the Santa Monica Museum of Art, where participants create their own superhero, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
During festival hours, the Talking Stick Coffee House will feature performances by guitarists Tom Gramlich and Vinnie Caggiano and country/blues/ ragtime musician Ernest Troost.
The Santa Monica Festival is produced by the nonprofit Community Arts Resources and presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.
The Santa Monica Festival is especially geared toward people who live and work in Santa Monica, and who want to get a firsthand taste of the city’s burgeoning arts culture, organizers say.
The City of Santa Monica, known for its efforts to support the arts and the environment, often leads the country in innovative and creative programs dedicated to sustaining the environment and nurturing the art and culture found in the community, says Carla Sameth, spokeswoman for the Santa Monica Festival.
The festival provides community members an opportunity to meet the people who develop and implement local arts programs, to give them feedback and describe ways they can provide even better service to Santa Monica’s residents, visitors and workers, Sameth says.
“Qualities that make Santa Monica such an appealing home for the entertainment industry are: our ideal environment with its terrific weather, our culturally sophisticated population and the wealth of art and artists,” adds Jessica Cusick, a spokeswoman for the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division.
Information, (310) 458-8350.