CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO NEWS
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CURRENT AND PAST ISSUES OF THE DRUMBEAT NEWSLETTER
– India, “La Princesa de la Salsa” / Grand Marshals of 40th Carnaval SF Parade / 40th Anniversary Photo Exhibit (Current Issue)
– Royalty Competition April 21st / Fat Tuesday Celebration / Team Feature: Cindy Dzib (Issue #29)
- 40th Anniversary theme: Roots of Carnaval / Dolores Huerta Fundraiser (Issue #28)
– Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade Winners Announced! (Issue #27)
– Chuchito Valdés Headlines Festival with Pasto Seco Band / Grand Marshals John Santos and Blanche Brown (Issue #26)
– Original Theme Song by Soltron / Queen Aims to Inspire / King Advocates for Deaf Community (Issue #25)
– WELCOME, 2017 KING & QUEEN! / FESTIVAL FEATURE: MEET SAMBADÁ! (Issue #24)
– FEATURED PERFORMER: MONICA MARÍA AND SOUL Y AGUA / 2017 FEATURED COMPARSA: L.A.W. (Issue #23)
– CLOUDS COME AND GO / 2017 FEATURED COMPARSA: UNITED RHYTHMS OF SAN FRANCISCO (Issue #22)
– BOXER WITH MISSION ROOTS FIGHTS TO THE TOP (Issue #21)
– SOLTRON, MISSION-BASED BAND STANDS UP AGAINST GENTRIFICATION ON DEBUT CD (Issue #19)
– CARNAVAL SF PHOTOS ON DISPLAY AT MODERN TIMES BOOKSTORE (Issue #18)
– FEATURED VENDOR: LUIS ESTRADA OF D'MAIZE / CARNAVAL SF HEALTH AND WELLNESS PAVILION (Issue #16)
Raíces del Carnaval: Carnaval SF’s 40th Anniversary Photo Exhibit
Carnaval photographers will be showcasing their best photographs of Carnaval through the years in the Juan Fuentes Gallery at Acción Latina in the Mission District in Roots of Carnaval Photographing 40 Years of Cultura in the Mission, a retrospective photography exhibition curated by Robert Werner, Rodrigo Duran and Roberto Hernández. The artists reception and opening of the exhibit will be on May 5th, 2018 at 5 pm. The exhibit runs through June 1st, 2018. A cadre of Carnaval photographers have been shooting the Carnaval parade and festival for decades now. Roots of Carnaval celebrating the 40th anniversary of Carnaval San Francisco highlights the photography tradition that Carnaval has inspired many photographers since its inception back in 1978. Local photographers and others from afar gather ritualistic every last weekend of May to run up and down the streets of the Mission capturing the magic of Carnaval on film.
What makes this exhibition unique and special is that many of the comparsas photographed will be attending the gallery opening with the same magnificent costumes worn when their photos were taken. The dancers will meet their photographers in person at the photo exhibition and take photos in the gallery.
Since 1978, Carnaval has been more than a celebration, it’s been a space to reconnect with our African, Indigenous, and Mestizo roots. The stories, dances, and colors of our forefathers come to life in the parade and festival to celebrate our triumphs and struggles. Although our roots are spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, our cultures unite in our annual Carnaval tradition.
For the 40th anniversary of Carnaval, Acción Latina and Carnaval SF are joining forces to bring you a very special group photo exhibition, featuring iconic images from four-decades of history of the Mission District’s biggest annual party!
Gallery Opening - Artists Reception
Saturday, May 5, 2018 • 5PM
Acción Latina’s Juan R. Fuentes Gallery
2958 24th Street, San Francisco 94110
To get more information about the exhibition go here
Written by Juan Carlos Cuéllar. Photo by Juan Carlos Cuéllar.
Copyright 2018, Carnaval San Francisco. All rights reserved.
CARNAVAL THROUGHOUT THE WORLD! A SPECIAL CARNAVAL IN SABAC, SERBIA!
After years of volunteering for Carnaval San Francisco, I joined the Federation of European Carnival Cities (F.E.E.C.) - the largest Carnaval organization in the world! The worldwide members of F.E.C.C. are generally people who have been involved in some capacity in Carnavals in their own countries. Every year, we have a convention in a different location and share friendship, information and our love of Carnaval. Carnaval exists in many parts of the world, with each Carnaval having their own history, flavor and character.
This past September my Serbian friends in the F.E.C.C invited me to attend the 8th annual Carnaval in Sabac, Serbia, a city in Western Serbia with a population of about 70,000 people.
The Sabac Carnaval was fantastic! The main highlight was the Grand Parade which ends with each group giving a performance in the center of the city. There were many types of groups including performers from all over Serbia, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia Herzegovina! As is often the case with many Carnavals, there were many fantastic events leading up to the Grand Parade including an doggie Carnaval, the Crowning of a Queen and Princesses, a cooking competition for disabled adults (I was head of the jury!) and an art exhibition. We also visited an elementary school and a high school for arts, where F.E.C.C. members discussed and taught students about Carnaval.
I am very proud to have gotten a special award for the person who traveled the greatest distance ever to come to the Sabac Carnival. Through Carnaval, great distances can be bridged between countries and people.
Written by Peter L. Balogh, Carnaval San Francisco International Ambassador. Edited by Amie Valle. Copyright 2016 by Drumbeat, Carnaval San Francisco. All rights reserved.
Romance in the Mission: A Carnaval Love Story
Life-changing things happen when you find love in a “hopeful” place.
Jill Loeffler and Aram Sohigian can attest to this because their lives were transformed when they sat side-by-side on a sidewalk at the Carnaval San Francisco parade in 2013.
On the morning of May 26th, with only eight days before his move to China, 45-year-old Aram bought a burrito and a beer and got ready to watch the remarkable Carnaval San Francisco parade. His non-stop fun countdown would be interrupted when he returned from his breakfast break and noticed that his former seat on the sidewalk was taken over by Jill, a 41-year-old entrepreneur inspired by the cultural beauty surrounding her as she waited for the parade to start.
Chemistry clicked and Aram, from Healdsburg, and Jill, from Nebraska found themselves drawn to one another on that curb in the barrio. Neither knew what to expect but with only a little over a week left in the Bay Area, Aram wasted no time getting better acquainted with this newfound face. As the Carnaval Grand Parade powered down Mission Street with over 45 contingents including dancers, floats, and music blasting from all directions, nothing could interfere with their “magnetic attraction,” says Jill and Aram --not even the chatter and scrambling bodies of friends that danced and sang around them.
Jill and Aram spoke of life and travel. They spoke of the wonders of the world awaiting adventure and places they had already discovered. Jill was in no hurry to go home to post the pictures she had taken, and as she prepared to say goodbye, Aram found the courage to ask her on a date for the very next day.
Eight days turned into eight nights which blossomed into an ongoing parade of love. Perhaps inspired by the beating heart of the Carnaval Spirit, Jill, only two months later, moved to China to be with her new beau. They immersed themselves into a life dedicated to culture and travel. Both had previously worked in the corporate “business” world, but came to realize that working 9-to-5 was just not their lifestyle.
Vagabonding around the globe, with one suitcase and carry–on each, Aram and Jill want to leave nothing behind. Whether they are hitting the dance floor Cuban-style, discovering the latest trends in Beijing, scouting engagement rings in Turkey, or celebrating their spontaneous marriage proposal in a hot- air balloon over the “Fairy Chimneys” in Göreme, these two are far from average and yet very much compatible.
Aram and Jill encourage others all over the world to follow their feelings and “go for it.” Whether that be to travel or asking someone on a date whom you never thought would give you the chance.
If they are not giving tour tips on a city’s hotspots, or showing how to make a suitcase not weigh a ton, Aram and Jill travel together all around the world and discover new tourism spots to add to their booming sites.
Aram says that they celebrate the Carnaval Parade as their anniversary now. “With such a big party with lots of friends, the event for us has become magical.” Two people meeting on a street of beautiful chaos on a perfectly clear day not expecting the unexpected, speaks wonders.
As they sat in a coffee shop on Market Street in downtown San Francisco reminiscing about that unforgettable day, not so far from where the parade actually took place, Aram could hardly contain his excitement to share their story of love and Carnaval. Jill nodded in agreement as Aram uttered with the subtle voice of sincerity, “How much more love can you get than that?”
Written by Valencia Newton. Edited by Digital Content Manager Sylvia Ramirez. Copyright 2015 by Drumbeat, Carnaval San Francisco. All rights reserved.