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Kultura Festival 2018


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Kultura Festival 2018


 

Kultura Festival is the Midwest's premier Filipino American food and arts event featuring Fil-Am chefs, performers, artisans, educators, and more. Carefully curated to appeal to both those who personally identify with Filipino culture and the merely curious or uninitiated, Kultura Festival aims to highlight the best in modern Filipino American food and arts in Chicago, the Midwest, and beyond.

Advance ticket sales end at 9am on August 19.
General admission at the door is $25 (kids 5 and under free).


Kultura 2018 preview

Want additional tastes of what you'll be getting into? Check out Kultura Festival 2015, Kultura Kristmas (2015), 2016, and 2017.

All photos © Mikayla Delson Photography

In Memoriam

Photo credit: Jeremy Keith Villaluz

Kultura Festival 2018 will be dedicated to the memory of our beloved mentor, friend, and manang Dr. Dawn Mabalon, who tragically passed away on August 10, 2018. A third generation Pinay born and raised in Stockton, CA, Dr. Mabalon was an associate professor of history at San Francisco State University whose research focused on Filipina/o American history, historic and cultural preservation, and the history of food. She was co-founder of the Little Manila Foundation, author of Filipinos in StocktonLittle Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California, and co-wrote the forthcoming children's book, Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong. Please help support Dr. Mabalon's family by contributing to the memorial fund established in her name.

 

Now scroll down for this year's lineup!

Food & Drink


WITH OVER A DOZEN CHEFS, RESTAURANTS, AND BEVERAGE COMPANIES PARTICIPATING THIS YEAR, THE CULINARY SELECTION AT KULTURA FESTIVAL 2018 WILL BE THE LARGEST EVER!

Food & Drink


WITH OVER A DOZEN CHEFS, RESTAURANTS, AND BEVERAGE COMPANIES PARTICIPATING THIS YEAR, THE CULINARY SELECTION AT KULTURA FESTIVAL 2018 WILL BE THE LARGEST EVER!

Chefs / Restaurants

Guests may purchase food tickets (a.ka. "Kultura Dollars") onsite using cash or credit. Kultura Dollars will be the only form of payment for items sold at food stalls.

  CHRISSY CAMBA   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Twitter:  @ChrissyCamba  Instagram:  @chrissycamba   Chef Chrissy Camba is the force behind pop-up dinner series, Maddy's Dumpling House. Their motto is "Fun. Food. Dumplings." Other highlights in her extensive reel include cooking for Home Bistro, Bin 36, Duchamp, and Vincent. She opened Lakeview’s Bar Pastoral as their executive chef in 2012 and the Lincoln Square "modern Filipino" restaurant Laughing Bird in 2014, not to mention her appearance on Bravo TV's  Top Chef Seattle . Recently Chef Chrissy was featured on Food Network's  Chopped   Grill Masters  edition. 

CHRISSY CAMBA
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Twitter: @ChrissyCamba
Instagram: @chrissycamba

Chef Chrissy Camba is the force behind pop-up dinner series, Maddy's Dumpling House. Their motto is "Fun. Food. Dumplings." Other highlights in her extensive reel include cooking for Home Bistro, Bin 36, Duchamp, and Vincent. She opened Lakeview’s Bar Pastoral as their executive chef in 2012 and the Lincoln Square "modern Filipino" restaurant Laughing Bird in 2014, not to mention her appearance on Bravo TV's Top Chef Seattle. Recently Chef Chrissy was featured on Food Network's Chopped Grill Masters edition. 

  LAWRENCE LETRERO: BAYAN KO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Bayan Ko Chicago  Twitter:  @lletrero  /  @bayankochicago  Instagram:  @lletrero  /  @bayankochicago   With a political science degree from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and a budding career in sales, a life as a chef was far from Lawrence Letrero’s endeavors. Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, a long love of cooking at home, circumstance, and a dare, brought Lawrence to Chicago where he attended Kendall College’s culinary program. Upon graduation, Lawrence joined the opening team at Perennial in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Moving quickly from garde manger to lead line cook, Lawrence learned the importance of proper technique, respect for product, and the attention to detail needed to run a successful kitchen. After staging at Per Se (Manhattan, NY), Lawrence moved on as the chef de cuisine at Karyn’s On Green, Chicago’s first all vegan fine dining establishment. 

LAWRENCE LETRERO: BAYAN KO
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Facebook: Bayan Ko Chicago
Twitter: @lletrero / @bayankochicago
Instagram: @lletrero / @bayankochicago

With a political science degree from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and a budding career in sales, a life as a chef was far from Lawrence Letrero’s endeavors. Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, a long love of cooking at home, circumstance, and a dare, brought Lawrence to Chicago where he attended Kendall College’s culinary program. Upon graduation, Lawrence joined the opening team at Perennial in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Moving quickly from garde manger to lead line cook, Lawrence learned the importance of proper technique, respect for product, and the attention to detail needed to run a successful kitchen. After staging at Per Se (Manhattan, NY), Lawrence moved on as the chef de cuisine at Karyn’s On Green, Chicago’s first all vegan fine dining establishment. 

  KRISTINE SUBIDO: PECKING ORDER CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Pecking Order  Twitter:  @chefsubido  Instagram:  @kristine114   Kristine Subido is the chef and owner of Pecking Order in Chicago, where she puts a playful spin on the Filipino food of her youth. She was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Chicago at age 9. Subido opened Pecking Order in 2012 with her mother, Melinda, after a decade-long tenure as executive chef at the Mediterranean-inspired Wave restaurant in the Chicago W Lakeshore, where she became known for her global approach to cooking and affinity for spices and big, punchy flavors.

KRISTINE SUBIDO: PECKING ORDER
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Facebook: Pecking Order
Twitter: @chefsubido
Instagram: @kristine114

Kristine Subido is the chef and owner of Pecking Order in Chicago, where she puts a playful spin on the Filipino food of her youth. She was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Chicago at age 9. Subido opened Pecking Order in 2012 with her mother, Melinda, after a decade-long tenure as executive chef at the Mediterranean-inspired Wave restaurant in the Chicago W Lakeshore, where she became known for her global approach to cooking and affinity for spices and big, punchy flavors.

  ELAINE "LAINEY" TOWNSEND:  THE BAKERY AT FAT RICE  CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Instagram:  @lainey_made   Elaine Townsend grew up helping her grandmother cook in her family’s kitchen. After attending culinary school, she worked at Meadowood in Napa for two years before moving to Chicago to work at The Bakery at Fat Rice, where she serves pastries inspired by her Filipino heritage and world travel.   

ELAINE "LAINEY" TOWNSEND: THE BAKERY AT FAT RICE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Instagram: @lainey_made

Elaine Townsend grew up helping her grandmother cook in her family’s kitchen. After attending culinary school, she worked at Meadowood in Napa for two years before moving to Chicago to work at The Bakery at Fat Rice, where she serves pastries inspired by her Filipino heritage and world travel. 
 

  KARL ALMARIA: BRUNCHLOX CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Brunchlox  Twitter:   @KarlAlmaria  /  @Brunchlox  Instagram:  @karlalmaria  /  @Brunchlox   House heads and foodies alike will recognize DJ Karl Almaria as the promoter behind Brunchlox, the culinarily focused daytime dance party currently taking up residence every first Sunday of the month at Kimski/Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar in Bridgeport. A veteran of Kultura's past music lineups, Karl will step away from the turntables this year to serve up a whole roast hog as part of our "Lechon Lectures" series!   (Scroll down to the Programming Schedule for lecture times and the "Presenters" section for speaker bios and topics.)

KARL ALMARIA: BRUNCHLOX
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Facebook: Brunchlox
Twitter:  @KarlAlmaria@Brunchlox
Instagram: @karlalmaria / @Brunchlox

House heads and foodies alike will recognize DJ Karl Almaria as the promoter behind Brunchlox, the culinarily focused daytime dance party currently taking up residence every first Sunday of the month at Kimski/Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar in Bridgeport. A veteran of Kultura's past music lineups, Karl will step away from the turntables this year to serve up a whole roast hog as part of our "Lechon Lectures" series!

(Scroll down to the Programming Schedule for lecture times and the "Presenters" section for speaker bios and topics.)

  ROBERT MENOR: ADOBO LOKO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  ADOBO LOKO  Twitter:  @adoboloko  Instagram:  @adoboloko    Robert Menor was born in 1984 at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. He is a mestizo (mixed blood) of Filipino and Mexican heritage. Raised in South Stockton, California, he spent 12 years in Chicago in and out of hospitality jobs before deciding to cook seriously. He attended the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Robert is also the founder of the ATANG Filipino Food pop-up and catering company, and he spearheads the Little Manila Foundation Culinary Council. 

ROBERT MENOR: ADOBO LOKO
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Facebook: ADOBO LOKO
Twitter: @adoboloko
Instagram: @adoboloko


Robert Menor was born in 1984 at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. He is a mestizo (mixed blood) of Filipino and Mexican heritage. Raised in South Stockton, California, he spent 12 years in Chicago in and out of hospitality jobs before deciding to cook seriously. He attended the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Robert is also the founder of the ATANG Filipino Food pop-up and catering company, and he spearheads the Little Manila Foundation Culinary Council. 

  ALEXA ALFARO: MEAT ON THE STREET MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN  Facebook:  Meat on the Street  Twitter:  @meatstreet_mke  Instagram:  @meatonthestreet   If it weren’t for the Filipino noodle dish, pancit, Alexa Alfaro, her siblings and Filipino food in Milwaukee wouldn’t probably exist today. Sounds far-fetched? It won’t be after you read this story. Once upon a time, in a faraway and sparsely populated land called Alaska, there lived a Filipino immigrant named Ray Alfaro. Ray, born and raised in Caloocan City, worked at a hospital where he met Deb Fucile, an Italian-German nurse from Wisconsin. Ray fell head over heels for Deb. Problem was he couldn’t muster the guts to ask her out. Then an idea formed. Why not get someone to do it for him? And so he asked a colleague, an avid pancit fan, to be his messenger in exchange for pancit. Long story short, Ray and Deb wed and had three children. One of them is Alexa, who now with her brother Matthew, owns Meat on the Street, the first and only Filipino food vendor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   

ALEXA ALFARO: MEAT ON THE STREET
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

Facebook: Meat on the Street
Twitter: @meatstreet_mke
Instagram: @meatonthestreet

If it weren’t for the Filipino noodle dish, pancit, Alexa Alfaro, her siblings and Filipino food in Milwaukee wouldn’t probably exist today. Sounds far-fetched? It won’t be after you read this story. Once upon a time, in a faraway and sparsely populated land called Alaska, there lived a Filipino immigrant named Ray Alfaro. Ray, born and raised in Caloocan City, worked at a hospital where he met Deb Fucile, an Italian-German nurse from Wisconsin. Ray fell head over heels for Deb. Problem was he couldn’t muster the guts to ask her out. Then an idea formed. Why not get someone to do it for him? And so he asked a colleague, an avid pancit fan, to be his messenger in exchange for pancit. Long story short, Ray and Deb wed and had three children. One of them is Alexa, who now with her brother Matthew, owns Meat on the Street, the first and only Filipino food vendor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

  KRIZZIA YANGA:  BONIFACIO  COLUMBUS, OHIO  Facebook:  Bonifacio  Twitter:  @bonifacio614  Instagram:  @bonifacio614   Filipino food has undergone a renaissance in the past decade. As Filipinos immigrated and assimilated to the United States, many aspects of Filipino culture were lost in the generations after. In an effort to rediscover their culture, young Filipino chefs and entrepreneurs are exploring their identity and redefining Filipino food in what is being called the Filipino Food Movement. The goal of this movement is to give Filipino food a platform to be recognized and celebrated.  At Bonifacio, we want to share the experience of an unapologetically authentic Filipino meal - homemade with an emphasis on ingredients and presentation. Whether for a special meal, a relaxing gathering of friend or exploring new flavors - you’re welcome at our table.  Bonifacio came from our love of food, cooking and feeding people. Like many Filipinos, it’s our way of showing we care. There’s a phrase used in many Filipino homes - Kumain ka na ba - which translates to “have you eaten yet?” Walk into a Filipino home at any time of the day and you’ll be greeted with “Kumain ka na ba?” It’s our way of saying hello.   

KRIZZIA YANGA: BONIFACIO
COLUMBUS, OHIO

Facebook: Bonifacio
Twitter: @bonifacio614
Instagram: @bonifacio614

Filipino food has undergone a renaissance in the past decade. As Filipinos immigrated and assimilated to the United States, many aspects of Filipino culture were lost in the generations after. In an effort to rediscover their culture, young Filipino chefs and entrepreneurs are exploring their identity and redefining Filipino food in what is being called the Filipino Food Movement. The goal of this movement is to give Filipino food a platform to be recognized and celebrated.

At Bonifacio, we want to share the experience of an unapologetically authentic Filipino meal - homemade with an emphasis on ingredients and presentation. Whether for a special meal, a relaxing gathering of friend or exploring new flavors - you’re welcome at our table.

Bonifacio came from our love of food, cooking and feeding people. Like many Filipinos, it’s our way of showing we care. There’s a phrase used in many Filipino homes - Kumain ka na ba - which translates to “have you eaten yet?” Walk into a Filipino home at any time of the day and you’ll be greeted with “Kumain ka na ba?” It’s our way of saying hello.

 

  CARLO LAMAGNA: MAGNA KUSINA PORTLAND, OREGON  Facebook:  Magna Kusina  Twitter:  @twistedfilipino  Instagram:  @magnapdx  /  @twistedfilipino   Philippines-born Carlo Lamagna was 9 months old when his family immigrated to Canada. His parents were nurses, and when their contracts were up, the family moved to Detroit. Lamagna’s father went on to a surgical residency in the Philippines, and 11-year-old Lamagna went with him.  In 2017, Lamagna launched Magna Kusina PDX. Magna is now popping-up and will open with a fire pit out front and progressive Filipino menu inside in summer 2018. It will be the first restaurant of its kind in Portland. 

CARLO LAMAGNA: MAGNA KUSINA
PORTLAND, OREGON

Facebook: Magna Kusina
Twitter: @twistedfilipino
Instagram: @magnapdx@twistedfilipino

Philippines-born Carlo Lamagna was 9 months old when his family immigrated to Canada. His parents were nurses, and when their contracts were up, the family moved to Detroit. Lamagna’s father went on to a surgical residency in the Philippines, and 11-year-old Lamagna went with him.  In 2017, Lamagna launched Magna Kusina PDX. Magna is now popping-up and will open with a fire pit out front and progressive Filipino menu inside in summer 2018. It will be the first restaurant of its kind in Portland. 

   SHARWIN TEE  MANILA, PHILIPPINES  Facebook:  Chef Sharwin Tee  Twitter:  @chefsharwin  Instagram:  @chefsharwin   Chef Sharwin Tee is the chef and host of  Curiosity Got the Chef , The Philippines’ Lifestyle Network’s first locally-produced cooking show. Sharwin, who has become known for his quirky and innovative twists on traditional Filipino and Chinese cuisine, graduated with school honors from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, Canada and has cooked at the prestigious Tower Club in Makati City, Philippines.

SHARWIN TEE
MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Facebook: Chef Sharwin Tee
Twitter: @chefsharwin
Instagram: @chefsharwin

Chef Sharwin Tee is the chef and host of Curiosity Got the Chef, The Philippines’ Lifestyle Network’s first locally-produced cooking show. Sharwin, who has become known for his quirky and innovative twists on traditional Filipino and Chinese cuisine, graduated with school honors from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, Canada and has cooked at the prestigious Tower Club in Makati City, Philippines.

  GENE GUTIERREZ:  BIG BEN'S KITCHEN  IMUS, CAVITE, PHILIPPINES  Facebook:  Big Ben's Kitchen   Big Ben’s Kitchen is a quaint restaurant from the historical town of Imus, Cavite. It houses heirloom Caviteño recipes that were passed through generations. Big Ben’s is also known for its artisanal Imus Longganisa.

GENE GUTIERREZ: BIG BEN'S KITCHEN
IMUS, CAVITE, PHILIPPINES

Facebook: Big Ben's Kitchen

Big Ben’s Kitchen is a quaint restaurant from the historical town of Imus, Cavite. It houses heirloom Caviteño recipes that were passed through generations. Big Ben’s is also known for its artisanal Imus Longganisa.

  JOEL CRESPO/BRIAN HARDESTY:  GUERRILLA STREET FOOD  ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI  Facebook:  Guerrilla Street Food  Twitter:  @guerrillastreet  Instagram:  @guerillastreet   Guerrilla Street Food offers a new chapter to the storied food culture of the Philippines. With unassuming food truck beginnings, Guerrilla Street Food now operates two restaurants in St. Louis, serving inventive Filipino and Filipino-inspired food. The casual and affordable concept begins with founders Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo. While working at former fine dining restaurant, Terrene, the chef (Brian) and his always intrigued patron (Joel) shared an appetite for culinary exploration. Discussions evolved from workshopping new dishes to opening their own restaurant that served the food that they both liked to eat. “Guerrilla Street Food is the extension of a conversation that we’ve been having for years,” explains Joel.   

JOEL CRESPO/BRIAN HARDESTY: GUERRILLA STREET FOOD
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Facebook: Guerrilla Street Food
Twitter: @guerrillastreet
Instagram: @guerillastreet

Guerrilla Street Food offers a new chapter to the storied food culture of the Philippines. With unassuming food truck beginnings, Guerrilla Street Food now operates two restaurants in St. Louis, serving inventive Filipino and Filipino-inspired food. The casual and affordable concept begins with founders Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo. While working at former fine dining restaurant, Terrene, the chef (Brian) and his always intrigued patron (Joel) shared an appetite for culinary exploration. Discussions evolved from workshopping new dishes to opening their own restaurant that served the food that they both liked to eat. “Guerrilla Street Food is the extension of a conversation that we’ve been having for years,” explains Joel.

 


Menu

VEGETARIAN OPTIONS AVAILABLE!

Alexa Alfaro (Meat on the Street)

  • Meat on a Stick (beef, chicken, or pork)

  • Ube Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Pancit

  • Adobo with white rice or pancit

Krizzia Yanga (Bonifacio)

Carlo Lamagna (Magna Kusina)

Sharwin Tee

  • Cereal Milk Maja Mais

  • Chinoy Lumpia

Gene Gutierrez (Big Ben's Kitchen)

Joel Crespo/Brian Hardesty (Guerrilla Street Food)

  • Phoenix Eggs - hard cooked eggs marinated in soy and squid ink, yolks mixed with pickled mustard seed, calamansi, and garlic, topped with chile powder and fish sauce caviar

  • Tocino Ribs

  • Biko

Robert  Menor (Adobo Loko)

  • AdoboLoko Sliders
  • Choco-Meat Tacos (Dinuguan)
  • Veggie Pancit

Chrissy Camba

  • Turon Cupcakes

  • Ensaymada with aged Gouda-sea salt-cane sugar

Lawrence Letrero (Bayan Ko)

  • Mixed Seafood Kinilaw - Thai chili, peanuts, lime coconut vinaigrette
  • Short Rib Bistek - soy calamansi glaze, crispy shallots, coconut rice
  • Kare Kare Arancini - oxtail, eggplant, green beans, peanut sauce
  • Tortang Potatoes & Eggplant - Yukon gold potato, charred eggplant, caramelized onions, farm eggs, Jufran aioli

Kristine Subido (Pecking Order)

  • Pichi Pichi with Mango Sauce
  • Chicken Sarsiado Tostada with roasted pepper-toasted garlic sauce
  • Tomato, Eggplant, Mango, and Cucumber Ensalada with salted egg dressing

Elaine Townsend (The Bakery at Fat Rice)

  • Ube Milk Bar with purple yam milk jam, shortbread and coconut streusel
  • Espasol (smokey Filipino rice cake) with burnt vanilla ganache
  • Dirty Ice Cream Sandwiches on brioche buns

Karl Almaria (Brunchlox)

  • Lechon (adobo-injected roasted whole hog)
    *available during the Lechon Lectures (starting 12pm at Chicago Distilling Co. - see Programming Schedule and "Presenters" section below)

Booze

   SKETCHBOOK BREWING COMPANY    EVANSTON, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Sketchbook Brewing Company  Twitter:  @Sketchbookbrew  Instagram:  @sketchbookbrew   Kultura Festival 2018 will feature TWO limited edition, Filipino-inspired beers from Sketchbook Brewing Company!  Sketchbook believes beer is art you can drink.  Inspired by the loyalty of their 400+ members and the sheer fun of creating a wide range of historical and adventurous beer styles, Sketchbook considers their brewery a yeast studio. They are fiercely devoted to building beer by hand, right in the heart of Evanston. Flagship brews include Orange Door IPA, Snowy Owl Red Rye Ale, and Night Game Double IPA.  Recent recognition includes international awards (silver medal in Copa Cervezas de América) and Design Awards for their intimate Tap Room (Design Evanston, Excellence in Interior Design, 2017).  

SKETCHBOOK BREWING COMPANY
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
Facebook: Sketchbook Brewing Company
Twitter: @Sketchbookbrew
Instagram: @sketchbookbrew

Kultura Festival 2018 will feature TWO limited edition, Filipino-inspired beers from Sketchbook Brewing Company!

Sketchbook believes beer is art you can drink.  Inspired by the loyalty of their 400+ members and the sheer fun of creating a wide range of historical and adventurous beer styles, Sketchbook considers their brewery a yeast studio. They are fiercely devoted to building beer by hand, right in the heart of Evanston. Flagship brews include Orange Door IPA, Snowy Owl Red Rye Ale, and Night Game Double IPA.  Recent recognition includes international awards (silver medal in Copa Cervezas de América) and Design Awards for their intimate Tap Room (Design Evanston, Excellence in Interior Design, 2017).  

   TANDUAY RUM    MANILA, PHILIPPINES  Facebook:  Tanduay USA  Twitter:  @tanduayusa  Instagram:  @tanduayusa  YouTube:  Tanduay USA   Kultura Festival will feature TWO custom cocktails from Tanduay Rum!  From the pristine volcanic soil and pure waters of the Philippines, the sugarcane, which is the heart of Tanduay Asian Rum, has thrived for thousands of years. Our sugarcanes trace their lineage from ancient wild canes making Tanduay, the original Asian Rum.   The sugarcane, which has been reported to take root in the Philippines as early as 4000BC, has flourished in the ideal weather conditions of this lush, tropical paradise.   A unique variety of sugarcanes grow in abundance throughout the Philippines. The rich soil, humid sub-tropical climate and warm rainy seasons of the country’s sugarcane capital, Negros Occidental, help cultivate the finest sugarcanes in the world.  Juice from the sugarcane was extracted via hand or foot operated levers in the early days. With modernization, came more advanced methods of production which all ends with a 5 year aging process in charred oak barrels. In the unique environment of the Victoria’s Milling, Tanduay’s distinct character, which has become the favorite of discerning rum lovers, is cultivated.  For generations, Tanduay has thrived by continuing the heritage of our ancestors. Our focus on quality, reliability and authenticity has led Tanduay to become one of the largest, most decorated international spirit brands in the world today.

TANDUAY RUM
MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Facebook: Tanduay USA
Twitter: @tanduayusa
Instagram: @tanduayusa
YouTube: Tanduay USA

Kultura Festival will feature TWO custom cocktails from Tanduay Rum!

From the pristine volcanic soil and pure waters of the Philippines, the sugarcane, which is the heart of Tanduay Asian Rum, has thrived for thousands of years. Our sugarcanes trace their lineage from ancient wild canes making Tanduay, the original Asian Rum. 

The sugarcane, which has been reported to take root in the Philippines as early as 4000BC, has flourished in the ideal weather conditions of this lush, tropical paradise. 

A unique variety of sugarcanes grow in abundance throughout the Philippines. The rich soil, humid sub-tropical climate and warm rainy seasons of the country’s sugarcane capital, Negros Occidental, help cultivate the finest sugarcanes in the world.

Juice from the sugarcane was extracted via hand or foot operated levers in the early days. With modernization, came more advanced methods of production which all ends with a 5 year aging process in charred oak barrels. In the unique environment of the Victoria’s Milling, Tanduay’s distinct character, which has become the favorite of discerning rum lovers, is cultivated.

For generations, Tanduay has thrived by continuing the heritage of our ancestors. Our focus on quality, reliability and authenticity has led Tanduay to become one of the largest, most decorated international spirit brands in the world today.


PLUS ENJOY A FULL BAR INCLUDING DOZENS OF CRAFT BEERS AND WHISKEYS
FROM OUR MAIN VENUE

EMPORIUM ARCADE BAR - LOGAN SQUARE 


AND TRY FABULOUS, LOCALLY PRODUCED SPIRITS IN THE LECTURE SPACE NEXT DOOR

CHICAGO DISTILLING COMPANY

Programming Schedule


DANCE, LAUGH, AND LEARN AT OUR THREE FESTIVAL VENUES!

Programming Schedule


DANCE, LAUGH, AND LEARN AT OUR THREE FESTIVAL VENUES!

PERFormances

Main Stage @ Emporium Arcade Bar
2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.

 

11AM - 12:30PM:  DJ King Marie

12:30 - 1PM: CIRCA Pintig

1 - 1:30PM: Gretchen Carvajal (w/ Chris Aldana)

1:30 - 2:30PM: The Filipino Comedy Hour

2:30 - 3:30PM: CZBOOGIE

3:30 - 4:30PM: K Rizz

4:30 - 5PM: Jofred

5 - 6PM: Ruby Ibarra

 

 CYPHER JAM

Emporium Popups
2367 N. Milwaukee Ave.

 

 

12:30 - 3:30PM

lechon lectures

Chicago Distilling Company
2359 N. Milwaukee Ave.

 

12 - 1PM: Moving Full Circle: A Soultree Sermon on Transformation and Finding Love Past Hate (Soultree)

 

1 - 2PM: Have U Eaten Yet?: A Discussion on Ancestral Food Traditions (Shane Bernardo)

2 - 3PM: Export Quality

3 - 4PM: Recovering Lost Filipino Traditions: Tattoos and Kava-Kava (Lane Wilcken)

Digital Host

 

Kultura 2017 performer RV Mendoza will be taking over the Filipino Kitchen Instagram account as the digital host for Kultura 2018! Follow @filipinokitchen's IG stories for RV's updates on everything happening at the festival!

 
 
   RV MENDOZA    DETROIT, MICHIGAN  Facebook:  RV Mendoza  Twitter:  @RVxMendoza  Instagram:  @RVxMendoza  SoundCloud:  RV Mendoza  YouTube:  RV Mendoza     RV Mendoza is a queer Filipinx disco pop songwriter and performer based in Detroit, Michigan.  He wrote and produced the song "Sa Puso Mo," which is a song featured in the documentary called  We Wove a Net , a documentary about Asian American Experiences in the Midwest.  Premiered first internationally, he performed “Sa Puso Mo” for the first time in the United States at Kultura Chicago in 2017.  You can find his music on Spotify and all other major music platforms and stay up to date on his Instagram @RVxMendoza.

RV MENDOZA
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Facebook: RV Mendoza
Twitter: @RVxMendoza
Instagram: @RVxMendoza
SoundCloud: RV Mendoza
YouTube: RV Mendoza
 

RV Mendoza is a queer Filipinx disco pop songwriter and performer based in Detroit, Michigan.

He wrote and produced the song "Sa Puso Mo," which is a song featured in the documentary called We Wove a Net, a documentary about Asian American Experiences in the Midwest.

Premiered first internationally, he performed “Sa Puso Mo” for the first time in the United States at Kultura Chicago in 2017.

You can find his music on Spotify and all other major music platforms and stay up to date on his Instagram @RVxMendoza.

 

Performers


KULTURA FESTIVAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HOME FOR FORWARD-THINKING FILIPINO AMERICAN ARTISTS. THIS YEAR IS NO EXCEPTION AS OUR ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS TO INCLUDE EVEN MORE GENRES THAN BEFORE!

Performers


KULTURA FESTIVAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HOME FOR FORWARD-THINKING FILIPINO AMERICAN ARTISTS. THIS YEAR IS NO EXCEPTION AS OUR ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS TO INCLUDE EVEN MORE GENRES THAN BEFORE!

Music

   K RIZZ    NEW YORK, NEW YORK  Facebook:  K Rizz  Twitter:  @SlayRizz  Instagram:  @slayrizz   SoundCloud:  K Rizz    3:30 - 4:30PM EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE   K Rizz, also known as Slayrizz, The Filipina Prrincesa, and "The mother of all #Slaysians" is a pop star/ multi-media artist from NYC. Her name “Slay” derives from her experience in LGBTQI ballroom culture and transcends into conquering all different platforms of the arts. She is the creator of the word “Slaysian,” a term made to empower people of Asian heritage to have pride and represent themselves freely. Whether it’s music, TV or fashion, Slay intends to spread positivity, educate, and inspire Slaysians and all humans around the world.    

K RIZZ
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Facebook: K Rizz
Twitter: @SlayRizz
Instagram: @slayrizz
SoundCloud: K Rizz

3:30 - 4:30PM
EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE


K Rizz, also known as Slayrizz, The Filipina Prrincesa, and "The mother of all #Slaysians" is a pop star/ multi-media artist from NYC. Her name “Slay” derives from her experience in LGBTQI ballroom culture and transcends into conquering all different platforms of the arts. She is the creator of the word “Slaysian,” a term made to empower people of Asian heritage to have pride and represent themselves freely. Whether it’s music, TV or fashion, Slay intends to spread positivity, educate, and inspire Slaysians and all humans around the world. 

 

   RUBY IBARRA    SAN LORENZO, CALIFORNIA  Facebook:  Ruby Ibarra  Twitter:  @rubyibarra  Instagram:  @rubyibarra  SoundCloud:  rubyibarra  YouTube:  Ruby Ibarra    5 - 6PM EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE   Ruby Ibarra is a rapper and spoken word artist from the Bay Area, CA. She released her debut album,  CIRCA91 , at the end of 2017. She is currently promoting her record through her tour across the United States. She has been featured on noted web-based publications such as Buzzfeed, NPR, Huffington Post, and  XXL Magazine , and was recently featured in a MasterCard commercial and campaign with R&B singer SZA. Her album is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.

RUBY IBARRA
SAN LORENZO, CALIFORNIA
Facebook: Ruby Ibarra
Twitter: @rubyibarra
Instagram: @rubyibarra
SoundCloud: rubyibarra
YouTube: Ruby Ibarra

5 - 6PM
EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE


Ruby Ibarra is a rapper and spoken word artist from the Bay Area, CA. She released her debut album, CIRCA91, at the end of 2017. She is currently promoting her record through her tour across the United States. She has been featured on noted web-based publications such as Buzzfeed, NPR, Huffington Post, and XXL Magazine, and was recently featured in a MasterCard commercial and campaign with R&B singer SZA. Her album is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.

   DJ KING MARIE    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Twitter:  @DjKingMarie  Instagram:  @djkingmarie  SoundCloud:  djkingmarie    11AM - 12:30PM EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE   King Marie is a DJ, singer, and creative director. Her brand’s mission aims to create a platform that will encourage the empowerment of womxn, children, and Filipinx culture.   She began DJing in her hometown of Chicago in 2012, and has since lived and held residencies in New York, Los Angeles, and Manila, Philippines. In 2016, she accompanied rapper Chuck Inglish on a North American tour performing as his set DJ. In 2017, DJ King Marie opened for singer Kehlani during Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in Chicago, engaging with a sold out crowd of 2,500. This same year, she also became the Chicago ambassador for DJ Jasmine Solano's women's empowerment campaign Unity in Color, curating both a women’s and men's photoshoot. In 2018, she opened for Major Lazer, played the ASICS stage at Lollapalooza, headlined the Redbull stage at Chicago’s Pride Fest, and will play at North Coast Music Festival this fall.  King Marie is creative director & resident DJ for Cold Chillen’, and throws her monthly party Kingdom at Blind Barber. Her most recent independent projects include the Annual For Da Kids sneaker drive, This Is What Asian Looks Like campaign, and the Art for Social Justice Project. King Marie has also been featured as a model for a number of youth-facing companies, including Urban Outfitters, Nike, and Jordan.

DJ KING MARIE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Twitter: @DjKingMarie
Instagram: @djkingmarie
SoundCloud: djkingmarie

11AM - 12:30PM
EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE


King Marie is a DJ, singer, and creative director. Her brand’s mission aims to create a platform that will encourage the empowerment of womxn, children, and Filipinx culture. 

She began DJing in her hometown of Chicago in 2012, and has since lived and held residencies in New York, Los Angeles, and Manila, Philippines. In 2016, she accompanied rapper Chuck Inglish on a North American tour performing as his set DJ. In 2017, DJ King Marie opened for singer Kehlani during Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in Chicago, engaging with a sold out crowd of 2,500. This same year, she also became the Chicago ambassador for DJ Jasmine Solano's women's empowerment campaign Unity in Color, curating both a women’s and men's photoshoot. In 2018, she opened for Major Lazer, played the ASICS stage at Lollapalooza, headlined the Redbull stage at Chicago’s Pride Fest, and will play at North Coast Music Festival this fall.

King Marie is creative director & resident DJ for Cold Chillen’, and throws her monthly party Kingdom at Blind Barber. Her most recent independent projects include the Annual For Da Kids sneaker drive, This Is What Asian Looks Like campaign, and the Art for Social Justice Project. King Marie has also been featured as a model for a number of youth-facing companies, including Urban Outfitters, Nike, and Jordan.

  CZBOOGIE   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  CZBOOGIE  Twitter:  @czboogie  Instagram:  @czboogie  SoundCloud:  CZBOOGIE    2:30 - 4PM EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE   Czarina Mirani (aka Czboogie) was originally a professional actress and dancer for most of her life with a serious love affair for house. In 2005 she launched   5 Magazine  , North America’s only publication dedicated exclusively to underground house music. She has interviewed and worked with almost all of the house community’s biggest stars and continues to push for the next generation of talent.  Aside from being the publisher and editor-in-chief, she also does  5 Magazine  radio shows, promotes several house events in Chicago and has her own dance company (Fivestarboogie Productions) with dance performances and classes throughout the city. Her house dancing classes have been named by the  Chicago Reader  as the “best dance class in the city.”  Czboogie’s style of sexy vocal house music has made her an in demand DJ all over Chicago and in cities around the U.S. as well as in Asia. She has had DJ residencies at Smartbar (Chicago’s number one club for electronic music), Grandbar, Hydrate, 3 Degrees at Primary, Circuit, Evil Olive, Crocodile, Uptown Lounge, Cocktail, Drop Chicago, Urban’s House and with the legendary Boom Boom Room (the longest running house night in the world and renown host to world class DJs). One of the highlights was her Nu-Breed Residency with world-class house legends Cajmere and Chez Damier at Smartbar in 2012.

CZBOOGIE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Facebook: CZBOOGIE
Twitter: @czboogie
Instagram: @czboogie
SoundCloud: CZBOOGIE

2:30 - 4PM
EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE


Czarina Mirani (aka Czboogie) was originally a professional actress and dancer for most of her life with a serious love affair for house. In 2005 she launched 5 Magazine, North America’s only publication dedicated exclusively to underground house music. She has interviewed and worked with almost all of the house community’s biggest stars and continues to push for the next generation of talent.

Aside from being the publisher and editor-in-chief, she also does 5 Magazine radio shows, promotes several house events in Chicago and has her own dance company (Fivestarboogie Productions) with dance performances and classes throughout the city. Her house dancing classes have been named by the Chicago Reader as the “best dance class in the city.”

Czboogie’s style of sexy vocal house music has made her an in demand DJ all over Chicago and in cities around the U.S. as well as in Asia. She has had DJ residencies at Smartbar (Chicago’s number one club for electronic music), Grandbar, Hydrate, 3 Degrees at Primary, Circuit, Evil Olive, Crocodile, Uptown Lounge, Cocktail, Drop Chicago, Urban’s House and with the legendary Boom Boom Room (the longest running house night in the world and renown host to world class DJs). One of the highlights was her Nu-Breed Residency with world-class house legends Cajmere and Chez Damier at Smartbar in 2012.

   JOFRED    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Jofred Estilo   Twitter:  @jofredestilo  Instagram:  @jofredestilo  SoundCloud:  JOFRED  YouTube:  JOFRED    4:30 - 5PM EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE   JOFRED, an Asian-American rapper, is 1/4th of Grammy-nominated group, CHINZA//FLY. JOFRED doesn’t like to slap a genre on his music as its filled with raw aggression mixed with a melodic cadence. JOFRED sincerely elevates Asian Americans while paying homage to those before him. His latest work, “Tulpa” is a testament to that while also an expression of his development as an artist. “Asian Americans often get pigeon holed through common stereo types,” says JOFRED. “The song 'Yellow Boy' is the most charismatic way to represent us.” He’s displaying longevity without, quirks, gimmicks or novelty. JOFRED isn’t just a recording artist, as he prides himself in doing Filipino activism work in the community. After 1 project and 102K+ plays on Soundcloud, JOFRED shows no sign of slowing down as he played SXSW this past year.”   

JOFRED
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Facebook: Jofred Estilo 
Twitter: @jofredestilo
Instagram: @jofredestilo
SoundCloud: JOFRED
YouTube: JOFRED

4:30 - 5PM
EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE


JOFRED, an Asian-American rapper, is 1/4th of Grammy-nominated group, CHINZA//FLY. JOFRED doesn’t like to slap a genre on his music as its filled with raw aggression mixed with a melodic cadence. JOFRED sincerely elevates Asian Americans while paying homage to those before him. His latest work, “Tulpa” is a testament to that while also an expression of his development as an artist. “Asian Americans often get pigeon holed through common stereo types,” says JOFRED. “The song 'Yellow Boy' is the most charismatic way to represent us.” He’s displaying longevity without, quirks, gimmicks or novelty. JOFRED isn’t just a recording artist, as he prides himself in doing Filipino activism work in the community. After 1 project and 102K+ plays on Soundcloud, JOFRED shows no sign of slowing down as he played SXSW this past year.”

 


Spoken Word

Theater

   CIRCA PINTIG    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  CIRCA Pintig  Twitter:  @circa_pintig  Instagram:  @circapintigtheatre  YouTube:  CIRCA Pintig    12:30 - 1PM EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE    Pintig  which means  pulse  in Pilipino, was founded in April 1991, with a mission to serve as a voice of the Filipino American community by engaging in active cultural work – using art as a means to celebrate the community’s rich history and culture.  CIRCA  was a non-profit arts organization that was founded in December 2001 by members of the  Pintig  Cultural Group.  CIRCA  and Pintig merged in 2006 to form  CIRCA  Pintig, a community theater company and community education and outreach organization.  

CIRCA PINTIG
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Facebook: CIRCA Pintig
Twitter: @circa_pintig
Instagram: @circapintigtheatre
YouTube: CIRCA Pintig

12:30 - 1PM
EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE


Pintig which means pulse in Pilipino, was founded in April 1991, with a mission to serve as a voice of the Filipino American community by engaging in active cultural work – using art as a means to celebrate the community’s rich history and culture. CIRCA was a non-profit arts organization that was founded in December 2001 by members of the Pintig Cultural Group. CIRCA and Pintig merged in 2006 to form CIRCA Pintig, a community theater company and community education and outreach organization.
 

   GRETCHEN CARVAJAL    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA  Instagram:  @c4rv    1 - 1:30PM EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE   Gretchen Carvajal is the definition of a multi-disciplinary artist. Growing up she was surrounded by music and began singing at a young age, while her obsession with the visual began brewing. In high school, she began writing spoken word poetry and was an experienced slam poet by the age of 17 where she had competed in several local slams and international poetry slams such as Brave New Voices. In college, she was accepted into the First Wave Urban Arts program at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she received a full tuition scholarship in for spoken word and hip-hop. In the University she studied Fine Art with a focus on printmaking under the top printmaking program in the country. She has learned from the likes of John Hitchcock, Lynda Barry, Faisal Abdu’Allah while also continuing to hone her spoken word skills under the coaching of Danez Smith, Jasmine Mans and many more. Gretchen also studied Neon in the University under Brad Corso and Neon veteran, Tom Zickhur and has had her sculptures mounted in the Madison Children’s Museum as well as the Chazen Art Museum.  Her jewelry brand BRWNGRLZ is a business Carvajal ventured in 2010 when she began making earrings as a side hustle, BRWNGRLZ has since become a fast growing independent company making laser cut wooden earrings that have been worn by women from all over the world.  Gretchen continues to explore the heights of storytelling through all of the media she has learned to hone in her time. She creates for the people because her stories come from her people. Her roots in activism and hip-hop keep her work authentic and fresh and always down for the cause.

GRETCHEN CARVAJAL
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Instagram: @c4rv

1 - 1:30PM
EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE


Gretchen Carvajal is the definition of a multi-disciplinary artist. Growing up she was surrounded by music and began singing at a young age, while her obsession with the visual began brewing. In high school, she began writing spoken word poetry and was an experienced slam poet by the age of 17 where she had competed in several local slams and international poetry slams such as Brave New Voices. In college, she was accepted into the First Wave Urban Arts program at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she received a full tuition scholarship in for spoken word and hip-hop. In the University she studied Fine Art with a focus on printmaking under the top printmaking program in the country. She has learned from the likes of John Hitchcock, Lynda Barry, Faisal Abdu’Allah while also continuing to hone her spoken word skills under the coaching of Danez Smith, Jasmine Mans and many more. Gretchen also studied Neon in the University under Brad Corso and Neon veteran, Tom Zickhur and has had her sculptures mounted in the Madison Children’s Museum as well as the Chazen Art Museum.

Her jewelry brand BRWNGRLZ is a business Carvajal ventured in 2010 when she began making earrings as a side hustle, BRWNGRLZ has since become a fast growing independent company making laser cut wooden earrings that have been worn by women from all over the world.

Gretchen continues to explore the heights of storytelling through all of the media she has learned to hone in her time. She creates for the people because her stories come from her people. Her roots in activism and hip-hop keep her work authentic and fresh and always down for the cause.

 
 Facebook:  Luya Poetry  Instagram:  @luyapoetry

Facebook: Luya Poetry
Instagram: @luyapoetry

With support from
CHRIS ALDANA
2018 National Poetry Slam Chicago team representative
and founder of the spoken word open mic showcase,
Luya Poetry


The Filipino Comedy Hour

The Kultura "TFC Hour" brings you Chicago's breakthrough Filipino (and Filipino adjacent) improv and stand-up comedy talents!
1:30 - 2:30 PM - EMPORIUM MAIN STAGE

  CLUB ASIA  Facebook:  CLUB ASIA  Instagram:  @clubasianimprov   Club Asia is a collective of pan Asian artists and comedians bringing together a new movement in Chicago entertainment. 

CLUB ASIA
Facebook: CLUB ASIA
Instagram: @clubasianimprov

Club Asia is a collective of pan Asian artists and comedians bringing together a new movement in Chicago entertainment. 

   SILLY POINT   Facebook:  Silly Point  Instagram:  @sillypointimprov   Silly Point is Chicago's first and only all-Indian improv comedy group. This team of performers brings scene work and characters informed by personal stories, past experiences, and cultural heritage. 

SILLY POINT
Facebook: Silly Point
Instagram: @sillypointimprov

Silly Point is Chicago's first and only all-Indian improv comedy group. This team of performers brings scene work and characters informed by personal stories, past experiences, and cultural heritage. 

  SPITFire   Chicago’s first all Filipino American improv team, SPITFire is the US chapter of the Manila-based  Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) .

SPITFire

Chicago’s first all Filipino American improv team, SPITFire is the US chapter of the Manila-based Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT).

 
  AMY DO

AMY DO

 

Kultura Cypher Jam


IN A FIRST FOR KULTURA FESTIVAL, THE PUBLIC WILL BE INVITED TO SHOW OFF THEIR TALENTS DURING A 1v1 DANCE BATTLE: OPEN TO ALL STYLES, RACES, AND GENDERS! 

Kultura Cypher Jam


IN A FIRST FOR KULTURA FESTIVAL, THE PUBLIC WILL BE INVITED TO SHOW OFF THEIR TALENTS DURING A 1v1 DANCE BATTLE: OPEN TO ALL STYLES, RACES, AND GENDERS! 

 

CALLING ALL DANCERS! 

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

► Location: Emporium Popups, next door to the main Kultura Festival venue in Logan Square
       2367 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647-2924 (enter through Emporium Arcade Bar)
► Doors open at 11:00AM (CDT)
► Check in at 11:30AM - Check in with Jann Rene
► Compete for a top cash prize and Kultura Dollar food vouchers
► Battles start at 12:30PM - so dancers . . . NO FILIPINO TIME!

--DJ--
Fast Money Mike

--HOST--
AK

--JUDGES--
Ram
Sneeks
Tonic

Presenters


THE "LECHON LECTURES" SERIES WILL FEATURE SCHOLARS, ACTIVISTS, AND CREATIVES WHOSE RESEARCH DELVES DEEPER INTO THE CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL THEMES THAT INFORM THE WORK OF KULTURA FESTIVAL'S CHEFS, ARTISANS, AND PERFORMERS. AND YES, THERE WILL BE LECHON!

Presenters


THE "LECHON LECTURES" SERIES WILL FEATURE SCHOLARS, ACTIVISTS, AND CREATIVES WHOSE RESEARCH DELVES DEEPER INTO THE CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL THEMES THAT INFORM THE WORK OF KULTURA FESTIVAL'S CHEFS, ARTISANS, AND PERFORMERS. AND YES, THERE WILL BE LECHON!

Presentations will take place at Chicago Distilling Company,
which is located on 2359 N. Milwaukee Ave., right next door to the main Kultura Festival venue 

  SOULTREE   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Soultree  Twitter:  @SoultreeSounds  Instagram:  @soultreesounds  SoundCloud:  Soultree    "MOVING FULL CIRCLE: A SOULTREE SERMON ON TRANSFORMATION AND FINDING LOVE PAST HATE" 12 - 1PM   Soultree will be opening up this space by chanting to give chances and opportunity for sharing deep, divine stories, experiences, and humanities with one another. This will be a wholly holy sermon of sorts centered on the welcoming of all forms and expressions of existence as reflecting the sacredness of life. They offer this conversation with a community of care, compassion, and consent at heart, spirit, body, and mind.  Soultree is an artist born out of a Cambanationofthangs between Pilipinx, Marshallese, Chicago, Undocumented, Singer, SongWriter, Poet, Rapper, Mover, and Feeler. They draw inspiration from spiritual music - indigenous and reggae from Majuro, Jazz and House in Chicago, Hip Hop and (neo)Soul at the heart her healing, drunken karaoke and folk from the Philippines that kept our families connected in diaspora, collective moveMeants, memories of a time we didn't war the way we do, and trust in a present-future where we express the love we truly are in behavior and action. She brings sonic sanctuaries wherever they go, flow, & grow. She's emOCEANal - carrying messages from the Pacific in each note & hip swing. 

SOULTREE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Facebook: Soultree
Twitter: @SoultreeSounds
Instagram: @soultreesounds
SoundCloud: Soultree

"MOVING FULL CIRCLE: A SOULTREE SERMON ON TRANSFORMATION AND FINDING LOVE PAST HATE"
12 - 1PM


Soultree will be opening up this space by chanting to give chances and opportunity for sharing deep, divine stories, experiences, and humanities with one another. This will be a wholly holy sermon of sorts centered on the welcoming of all forms and expressions of existence as reflecting the sacredness of life. They offer this conversation with a community of care, compassion, and consent at heart, spirit, body, and mind.

Soultree is an artist born out of a Cambanationofthangs between Pilipinx, Marshallese, Chicago, Undocumented, Singer, SongWriter, Poet, Rapper, Mover, and Feeler. They draw inspiration from spiritual music - indigenous and reggae from Majuro, Jazz and House in Chicago, Hip Hop and (neo)Soul at the heart her healing, drunken karaoke and folk from the Philippines that kept our families connected in diaspora, collective moveMeants, memories of a time we didn't war the way we do, and trust in a present-future where we express the love we truly are in behavior and action. She brings sonic sanctuaries wherever they go, flow, & grow. She's emOCEANal - carrying messages from the Pacific in each note & hip swing. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo credit:  Brian Kelly    SHANE BERNARDO    DETROIT, MICHIGAN  Twitter:  @MrShaneBernardo  Instagram:  @313filipinx    "HAVE U EATEN YET?": A DISCUSSION ON ANCESTRAL FOOD TRADITIONS 1 - 2PM   Shane Bernardo grew up working in his family's grocery store on the west side of Detroit, Michigan.  For over 13 years, Shane's family helped cultivate a nourishing environment for the South East Asian, West African and Afro-Caribbean cultures through culturally relevant foods, recipes, stories and traditions. Through these shared food staples and customs, Shane developed a heightened awareness of shared social, economic, political and historical conditions that his family had in common with others within a geographically, racially, ethnically and culturally stratified community.  Shane is also a long-life Detroit resident active within the grassroots food justice movement in Detroit.  He has been a facilitator for Uprooting Racism Planting Justice, outreach coordinator for Earthworks Urban Farm, a board member for the Michigan Farmers Market Association, and a founding member of Swimming in the Detroit River, an environmental justice storytelling collective. Shane has also been awarded fellowships with the Center for Whole Communities, Environmental Leadership Program, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the Detroit Equity Action Lab, and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Shane is a community organizer and facilitator that speaks and writes on food justice issues that lie at the intersections of food, health, healing and spirituality.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo credit: Brian Kelly
SHANE BERNARDO
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Twitter: @MrShaneBernardo
Instagram: @313filipinx

"HAVE U EATEN YET?": A DISCUSSION ON ANCESTRAL FOOD TRADITIONS
1 - 2PM

Shane Bernardo grew up working in his family's grocery store on the west side of Detroit, Michigan.  For over 13 years, Shane's family helped cultivate a nourishing environment for the South East Asian, West African and Afro-Caribbean cultures through culturally relevant foods, recipes, stories and traditions. Through these shared food staples and customs, Shane developed a heightened awareness of shared social, economic, political and historical conditions that his family had in common with others within a geographically, racially, ethnically and culturally stratified community.

Shane is also a long-life Detroit resident active within the grassroots food justice movement in Detroit.  He has been a facilitator for Uprooting Racism Planting Justice, outreach coordinator for Earthworks Urban Farm, a board member for the Michigan Farmers Market Association, and a founding member of Swimming in the Detroit River, an environmental justice storytelling collective. Shane has also been awarded fellowships with the Center for Whole Communities, Environmental Leadership Program, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the Detroit Equity Action Lab, and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Shane is a community organizer and facilitator that speaks and writes on food justice issues that lie at the intersections of food, health, healing and spirituality.

   EXPORT QUALITY COLLECTIVE  CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Export Quality Collective  Instagram:  @exportqualitycollective    2 - 3PM   Multidisciplinary art and design collective Export Quality will use media to explore overshadowed topics in the Filipinx community, focusing in particular on LGBTQIA+ identity.

EXPORT QUALITY COLLECTIVE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Facebook: Export Quality Collective
Instagram: @exportqualitycollective

2 - 3PM

Multidisciplinary art and design collective Export Quality will use media to explore overshadowed topics in the Filipinx community, focusing in particular on LGBTQIA+ identity.

  LANE WILCKEN   LAS VEGAS, NEVADA  Facebook:  Filipino Tattoos Ancient to Modern  /  The Forgotten Children of MAUI  Instagram:  @lanewilcken    "RECOVERING LOST FILIPINO TRADITIONS: TATTOOS AND KAVA-KAVA" 3 - 4PM   Join author and cultural tattoo practitioner Lane Wilcken as he discusses the thousands of years of tattooing tradition in the Philippines and the forgotten food and medicine way of kava, a beverage well known in Polynesia, but lost in the Philippines.  Lane has been researching the indigenous past of the Philippines and the Pacific Islands for nearly two decades, incorporating oral traditions, written history, linguistics, and personal experience. Lane has also been recognized as a "mambabatok" or traditional hand-tap tattoo practitioner by the Filipino community. His ancestral ties to this work continue to motivate his research. He is the author of  Filipino Tattoos Ancient to Modern  and  The Forgotten Children of Maui: Filipino Myths, Tattoos, and Rituals of a Demigod . 

LANE WILCKEN
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Facebook: Filipino Tattoos Ancient to Modern / The Forgotten Children of MAUI
Instagram: @lanewilcken

"RECOVERING LOST FILIPINO TRADITIONS: TATTOOS AND KAVA-KAVA"
3 - 4PM


Join author and cultural tattoo practitioner Lane Wilcken as he discusses the thousands of years of tattooing tradition in the Philippines and the forgotten food and medicine way of kava, a beverage well known in Polynesia, but lost in the Philippines.

Lane has been researching the indigenous past of the Philippines and the Pacific Islands for nearly two decades, incorporating oral traditions, written history, linguistics, and personal experience. Lane has also been recognized as a "mambabatok" or traditional hand-tap tattoo practitioner by the Filipino community. His ancestral ties to this work continue to motivate his research. He is the author of Filipino Tattoos Ancient to Modern and The Forgotten Children of Maui: Filipino Myths, Tattoos, and Rituals of a Demigod

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   BAYANI ART  OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA  Facebook:  Bayani  Twitter:  @bayani_art  Instagram:  @bayaniart  Pinterest:  Bayani Art  YouTube:  Bayani Art     The goal of Bayani Art is to strengthen the unity within our community by telling the rich history of our Motherland. We are independent owned, born in Tondo Manila, Philippines and raised in Oakland, California. Humbled by the strong values that were taught by our elders, we remain conscious to our responsibility to carry on our culture.  The concept of Bayani started as our way to promote our creative skills and talents, and to bring our artwork and crafts to you. In supporting Bayani Art and its artists, you are a part of honoring our history and continuing the representation of Filipinos throughout the world.

BAYANI ART
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Facebook: Bayani
Twitter: @bayani_art
Instagram: @bayaniart
Pinterest: Bayani Art
YouTube: Bayani Art
 

The goal of Bayani Art is to strengthen the unity within our community by telling the rich history of our Motherland. We are independent owned, born in Tondo Manila, Philippines and raised in Oakland, California. Humbled by the strong values that were taught by our elders, we remain conscious to our responsibility to carry on our culture.

The concept of Bayani started as our way to promote our creative skills and talents, and to bring our artwork and crafts to you. In supporting Bayani Art and its artists, you are a part of honoring our history and continuing the representation of Filipinos throughout the world.

   PINEAPPLE INDUSTRIES  NEW YORK, NEW YORK  Facebook:  Pineapple Industries  Twitter:  @pineappleindm2m  Instagram:  @pineappleindm2m   Pineapple Industries is a made-to-measure and custom Barong Tagalog seller. The barong is the national garment of the Philippines, and the mission of Pineapple Industries is to foster a deeper appreciation for this unique cultural product among Filipinos everywhere.  Every Pineapple Industry barong is customized to be flattering to its wearer, regardless of gender, and fits its wearer’s contemporary style and fashion sense. Every Pineapple Industry garment is handmade in the Philippines by the best barong makers. With your help, we can reclaim, preserve and continue to evolve barongs as cultural products and help support this industry and the people working in it in the Philippines.

PINEAPPLE INDUSTRIES
NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Facebook: Pineapple Industries
Twitter: @pineappleindm2m
Instagram: @pineappleindm2m

Pineapple Industries is a made-to-measure and custom Barong Tagalog seller. The barong is the national garment of the Philippines, and the mission of Pineapple Industries is to foster a deeper appreciation for this unique cultural product among Filipinos everywhere.

Every Pineapple Industry barong is customized to be flattering to its wearer, regardless of gender, and fits its wearer’s contemporary style and fashion sense. Every Pineapple Industry garment is handmade in the Philippines by the best barong makers. With your help, we can reclaim, preserve and continue to evolve barongs as cultural products and help support this industry and the people working in it in the Philippines.

   BRWNGRLZ    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA  Facebook:  Brwngrlz  Twitter:  @BrwnGrlz  Instagram:  @brwngrlz   BRWNGRLZ is an independent accessory company created by Gretchen Carvajal in 2010. It has since been a growing brand known internationally. The pieces range from hand dyed lace earrings to laser cut geometric designed wooden pieces. All pieces are designed, laser cut, painted, and assembled by Gretchen herself. Her highly anticipated SZN 4 drop will be released this November on  BRWNGRLZ.COM     

BRWNGRLZ
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Facebook: Brwngrlz
Twitter: @BrwnGrlz
Instagram: @brwngrlz

BRWNGRLZ is an independent accessory company created by Gretchen Carvajal in 2010. It has since been a growing brand known internationally. The pieces range from hand dyed lace earrings to laser cut geometric designed wooden pieces. All pieces are designed, laser cut, painted, and assembled by Gretchen herself. Her highly anticipated SZN 4 drop will be released this November on BRWNGRLZ.COM


 

   REPPIN  CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Reppin Pins  Twitter:  @ReppinPins  Instagram:  @reppinpins   Reppin is a Chicago-based, Pinoy-owned purveyor of "pins that #repwhatyoulove."

REPPIN
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Facebook: Reppin Pins
Twitter: @ReppinPins
Instagram: @reppinpins

Reppin is a Chicago-based, Pinoy-owned purveyor of "pins that #repwhatyoulove."

   EXPORT QUALITY COLLECTIVE  CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Export Quality Collective  Instagram:  @exportqualitycollective   We are an art + design collective comprised of 12 Filipinx* –/American creatives. We formed in Chicago, but are now based everywhere and feature all over†. Our multidisciplinary practice make space for dialogues‡ and outreach, creating platforms to engage with communities. In doing so, we advocate for more Filipinx visibility within a Eurocentric art world.  

EXPORT QUALITY COLLECTIVE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Facebook: Export Quality Collective
Instagram: @exportqualitycollective

We are an art + design collective comprised of 12 Filipinx* –/American creatives. We formed in Chicago, but are now based everywhere and feature all over†. Our multidisciplinary practice make space for dialogues‡ and outreach, creating platforms to engage with communities. In doing so, we advocate for more Filipinx visibility within a Eurocentric art world.
 

   MURRZ  NEW YORK, NEW YORK  Twitter:  @_murrz  Instagram:  @_murrz   Mary Damian, a.k.a. Murrz, is a Brooklyn-based illustrator who specializes in street art inspired prints, bags. and stickers.

MURRZ
NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Twitter: @_murrz
Instagram: @_murrz

Mary Damian, a.k.a. Murrz, is a Brooklyn-based illustrator who specializes in street art inspired prints, bags. and stickers.

  DEEPLY ROOTED KAVA  Instagram:  @deeplyrootedkava   The latest venture between Lane Wilcken and Warren Pedronan, Deeply Rooted Kava seeks to recover the food and medicine pathway of kava-kava (piper methysticum) for the Philippines as well as create educational events and establishments for kava drinking that are focused on the cultural practices of the Pacific.

DEEPLY ROOTED KAVA
Instagram: @deeplyrootedkava

The latest venture between Lane Wilcken and Warren Pedronan, Deeply Rooted Kava seeks to recover the food and medicine pathway of kava-kava (piper methysticum) for the Philippines as well as create educational events and establishments for kava drinking that are focused on the cultural practices of the Pacific.

SARI-SARI STORE

A new addition for this year's Kultura Festival, the Sari-Sari Store is a pop-up shop featuring a handpicked collection of diasporic artwork, apparel, and other products created by Filipino artisans across North America.

   HERBALARIA    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA  Facebook:  Herbalaria  Twitter:  @IamHerbalaria  Instagram:  @iamherbalaria  YouTube:  Herbalaria   "Creating culturally rooted, indigenous practices contemporized into modern day skin and spiritual care products," Herbalaria seeks to inspire all people to find their roots, to tap into ancient traditions deep within their blood lines, finding healing and greater meaning. 

HERBALARIA
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Facebook: Herbalaria
Twitter: @IamHerbalaria
Instagram: @iamherbalaria
YouTube: Herbalaria

"Creating culturally rooted, indigenous practices contemporized into modern day skin and spiritual care products," Herbalaria seeks to inspire all people to find their roots, to tap into ancient traditions deep within their blood lines, finding healing and greater meaning. 

     FKA CUTLER    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  Facebook:  Bae Cutler  Twitter:  @baecutler  Instagram:  @fka_cutler   David Beltran is a Filipino American Chicago-based artist. His portraits of local athletes and political figures have been featured in ESPN, the  Washington Post ,  Chicago Tribune , as well as other publications. 



FKA CUTLER
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Facebook: Bae Cutler
Twitter: @baecutler
Instagram: @fka_cutler

David Beltran is a Filipino American Chicago-based artist. His portraits of local athletes and political figures have been featured in ESPN, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, as well as other publications. 

  FAC'S RECORDS   LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA  Instragram:  @jasonillocano   Fac's Records is the brainchild of LA-based artist Jason Illocano. Take a look at his series of hip-hop influenced prints at Kultura's Sari-Sari Store!  

FAC'S RECORDS
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Instragram: @jasonillocano

Fac's Records is the brainchild of LA-based artist Jason Illocano. Take a look at his series of hip-hop influenced prints at Kultura's Sari-Sari Store!
 

                                                       Photo credit: Jenji Zedlav   RAYCHELLE DUAZO    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON  Instagram:  @bombchelle   Raychelle Duazo is a queer femme Filipina-American illustrator from the Pacific Northwest. Artistically, her specialties include portraits, florals, and typography. Her work focuses on themes of love, heartbreak, grief, culture, diaspora, and identity.  Raychelle has spoken on QPOC, art, activism, comics, and AAPI panels in NYC, San Francisco, and Seattle; and is an alumni of the VONA Voices Graphic Novel Program (2014). Raychelle has been commissioned by numerous groups for original work, including Amplifier Art, REI, MomsRising, and The California Endowment.  Her work has been exhibited at Vital 5 Productions' Out of Sight, Rajana Society's INTERXECTIONS, The CultureShock Collective's HIGH BLOOD, and The CultureShock Collective's Sea, Still. She is a tattoo apprentice at Osprey Tattoo in Seattle. 

                                                    Photo credit: Jenji Zedlav
RAYCHELLE DUAZO
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Instagram: @bombchelle

Raychelle Duazo is a queer femme Filipina-American illustrator from the Pacific Northwest. Artistically, her specialties include portraits, florals, and typography. Her work focuses on themes of love, heartbreak, grief, culture, diaspora, and identity.

Raychelle has spoken on QPOC, art, activism, comics, and AAPI panels in NYC, San Francisco, and Seattle; and is an alumni of the VONA Voices Graphic Novel Program (2014). Raychelle has been commissioned by numerous groups for original work, including Amplifier Art, REI, MomsRising, and The California Endowment.

Her work has been exhibited at Vital 5 Productions' Out of Sight, Rajana Society's INTERXECTIONS, The CultureShock Collective's HIGH BLOOD, and The CultureShock Collective's Sea, Still. She is a tattoo apprentice at Osprey Tattoo in Seattle. 

     OODAALOLLY    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA  Facebook:  Oodaalolly  Twitter:  @oodaalolly  Instagram:  @oodaalolly   Oodaalolly chocolate is made in small batches, perfectly capturing the specific flavors and nuances of cacao beans grown in the Philippines. Using Swiss techniques, we ensure Oodaalolly chocolate always has that satisfying snap, silky texture, and sense of delight that real chocolate lovers crave.



OODAALOLLY
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Facebook: Oodaalolly
Twitter: @oodaalolly
Instagram: @oodaalolly

Oodaalolly chocolate is made in small batches, perfectly capturing the specific flavors and nuances of cacao beans grown in the Philippines. Using Swiss techniques, we ensure Oodaalolly chocolate always has that satisfying snap, silky texture, and sense of delight that real chocolate lovers crave.

  ALESHA AQUINO   TORONTO, CANADA  Instagam:  @aaqart   Alesha Aquino is a tattoo and multidisciplinary artist from Toronto whose prints and weavings will be available for sale at Kultura Festival 2018.

ALESHA AQUINO
TORONTO, CANADA
Instagam: @aaqart

Alesha Aquino is a tattoo and multidisciplinary artist from Toronto whose prints and weavings will be available for sale at Kultura Festival 2018.

Sound Engineering


Sound Engineering


 
    FREE WRITE SOUND & VISION   Facebook:  Free Write Sound & Vision  Instagram:  @fwsoundvision  SoundCloud:  Free Write Arts & Literacy   Free Write Sound & Vision provides full-service sound reinforcement and production support for all sizes and styles of events. Our expert project managers and technicians work closely with our partners to execute their vision and offer world-class experiences for their audiences.  Unlike similar services, Free Write S&V is committed to social justice and employment equity in the arts industry. We hire and train alumni of Free Write Arts & Literacy and other criminalized young adults with barriers to employment. We support them as they make their way into an arts industry that is in need of a diverse, young workforce.   Participants begin as apprentices working their way through a customized certification program to become production assistants. They then have the opportunity to advance to positions such as lead technician, studio engineer, DJ, customer support specialist, and more. 


FREE WRITE SOUND & VISION
Facebook: Free Write Sound & Vision
Instagram: @fwsoundvision
SoundCloud: Free Write Arts & Literacy

Free Write Sound & Vision provides full-service sound reinforcement and production support for all sizes and styles of events. Our expert project managers and technicians work closely with our partners to execute their vision and offer world-class experiences for their audiences.

Unlike similar services, Free Write S&V is committed to social justice and employment equity in the arts industry. We hire and train alumni of Free Write Arts & Literacy and other criminalized young adults with barriers to employment. We support them as they make their way into an arts industry that is in need of a diverse, young workforce. 

Participants begin as apprentices working their way through a customized certification program to become production assistants. They then have the opportunity to advance to positions such as lead technician, studio engineer, DJ, customer support specialist, and more. 

 

Community Partners


BEYOND JUST A CELEBRATION OF FOOD AND ARTS, KULTURA FESTIVAL IS ALSO A HUB THAT UNITES CHICAGOANS WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT CREATING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE ON THE LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND GLOBAL LEVELS.

Community Partners


BEYOND JUST A CELEBRATION OF FOOD AND ARTS, KULTURA FESTIVAL IS ALSO A HUB THAT UNITES CHICAGOANS WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT CREATING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE ON THE LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND GLOBAL LEVELS.

   ALLIANCE OF FILIPINOS FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AND EMPOWERMENT (AFIRE)   Facebook:  AFIRE Chicago  Twitter:  @afirechicago  Instagram:  @afirechicago   The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) is a grassroots community organization that builds the capacity of Filipino/a/xs to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth. Major programs include legal clinics (civil law, employment law, and immigration law consultations), workforce empowerment (Know Your Rights + CPR & first aid certification trainings for domestic workers), Tagalog 101 classes, and citizenship application assistance workshops. Major accomplishments include the passing of the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

ALLIANCE OF FILIPINOS FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AND EMPOWERMENT (AFIRE)
Facebook: AFIRE Chicago
Twitter: @afirechicago
Instagram: @afirechicago

The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) is a grassroots community organization that builds the capacity of Filipino/a/xs to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth. Major programs include legal clinics (civil law, employment law, and immigration law consultations), workforce empowerment (Know Your Rights + CPR & first aid certification trainings for domestic workers), Tagalog 101 classes, and citizenship application assistance workshops. Major accomplishments include the passing of the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

   ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE - CHICAGO   Facebook:  Advancing Justice Chicago  Twitter:  @AAAJC_Chicago  Instagram:  @advancingjustice_chicago  YouTube:  @aaichicago   Asian Americans Advancing Justice l Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity. We do that by:  - Developing grassroots leaders through base-building programs such as KINETIC (for high school English learners), I Speak Power (for adult English learners), and A Just Chi (at large community members);  - Connecting communities through coalition leadership including Just Democracy Illinois, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment Coalition;  - Getting out the vote, and reaching out to Asian Americans, increasing participation and growing our community’s power;  - Winning campaigns by exercising our power and mobilizing community members to achieve racial equity.  For 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community, and empower them to create change in their communities. In 2017 we adopted a new racial equity mission that allows us to extend beyond our community, forge new relationships, and win on issues that affect all marginalized communities.  

ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE - CHICAGO
Facebook: Advancing Justice Chicago
Twitter: @AAAJC_Chicago
Instagram: @advancingjustice_chicago
YouTube: @aaichicago

Asian Americans Advancing Justice l Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity. We do that by:

- Developing grassroots leaders through base-building programs such as KINETIC (for high school English learners), I Speak Power (for adult English learners), and A Just Chi (at large community members);

- Connecting communities through coalition leadership including Just Democracy Illinois, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment Coalition;

- Getting out the vote, and reaching out to Asian Americans, increasing participation and growing our community’s power;

- Winning campaigns by exercising our power and mobilizing community members to achieve racial equity.

For 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community, and empower them to create change in their communities. In 2017 we adopted a new racial equity mission that allows us to extend beyond our community, forge new relationships, and win on issues that affect all marginalized communities.
 

   BATA SOLE   Facebook:  BATA SOLE  Instagram:  @batasole   The idea for BATA SOLE was inspired after my brother and I visited our family’s birthplace in the Philippines in 2012. While we explored my mother’s village, Casilagan (Pangasinan Province), we were immediately in shock and awe. We were heartbroken to see the poor living conditions for the children. We came across a worn-down basketball court and noticed the kids did not even have proper shoes to play in.  Despite the circumstances, a high-spirited basketball game was being played. The energy was electric, and I saw the love for the game stronger than ever. The next day, we decided to throw the kids a basketball tournament. The winner would score my pair of black and gold Kobe 7s. We had a large turnout, and it was riveting to see the community come together. A kid scored an impossible 3-pointer to end the match. He rode off victorious in a crowd of cheers and camaraderie.  My mother and late-father worked hard to provide my brother and I a fortuitous upbringing, and I want to give back to the less fortunate through BATA SOLE.  - BATA SOLE co-founder Jeff Masangcay

BATA SOLE
Facebook: BATA SOLE
Instagram: @batasole

The idea for BATA SOLE was inspired after my brother and I visited our family’s birthplace in the Philippines in 2012. While we explored my mother’s village, Casilagan (Pangasinan Province), we were immediately in shock and awe. We were heartbroken to see the poor living conditions for the children. We came across a worn-down basketball court and noticed the kids did not even have proper shoes to play in.

Despite the circumstances, a high-spirited basketball game was being played. The energy was electric, and I saw the love for the game stronger than ever. The next day, we decided to throw the kids a basketball tournament. The winner would score my pair of black and gold Kobe 7s. We had a large turnout, and it was riveting to see the community come together. A kid scored an impossible 3-pointer to end the match. He rode off victorious in a crowd of cheers and camaraderie.

My mother and late-father worked hard to provide my brother and I a fortuitous upbringing, and I want to give back to the less fortunate through BATA SOLE.

- BATA SOLE co-founder Jeff Masangcay

   826CHI   Facebook:  826CHI  Twitter:  @826CHI  Instagram:  @826chi  Vimeo:  826CHI   826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 826CHI believes all Chicago youth should have equal access to high-quality writing and literary arts education. With that in mind, 826CHI programs serve youth ages 6 through 18 from low-income families, who are English language learners, or who attend under-resourced schools. In 2016-2017, 826 served 2,507 students in grades 1-12, 53.9% are English Language Learners Served (ASTW).

826CHI
Facebook: 826CHI
Twitter: @826CHI
Instagram: @826chi
Vimeo: 826CHI

826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 826CHI believes all Chicago youth should have equal access to high-quality writing and literary arts education. With that in mind, 826CHI programs serve youth ages 6 through 18 from low-income families, who are English language learners, or who attend under-resourced schools. In 2016-2017, 826 served 2,507 students in grades 1-12, 53.9% are English Language Learners Served (ASTW).

   i2i | INVISIBLE TO INVINCIBLE   Facebook:  i2i API Pride  Twitter:  @chicagoi2i   Invisible to Invincible ("i2i") is a community-based organization that celebrates and affirms Asians & Pacific Islanders who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Queer in the Chicago area.  We are a member organization of the  National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance , a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations

i2i | INVISIBLE TO INVINCIBLE
Facebook: i2i API Pride
Twitter: @chicagoi2i

Invisible to Invincible ("i2i") is a community-based organization that celebrates and affirms Asians & Pacific Islanders who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Queer in the Chicago area.

We are a member organization of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations

         NAPAWF | NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN WOMEN'S FORUM   Facebook:  NAPAWF  Twitter:  @NAPAWF  Instagram:  @NAPAWF   NAPAWF is a bridge. We bridge the many issues that confront AAPI women and their communities. We bridge the diversity of the 40-plus language groups that are represented under the Asian and Pacific Islander census category. We bridge the many places where our communities reside. We bridge the many waves of immigration of the AAPI community: mothers to daughters and first generation to 4th generation immigrants. We bridge strategies of individual empowerment with a larger vision of mobilizing power for justice, equality and peace.

 

 

NAPAWF | NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN WOMEN'S FORUM
Facebook: NAPAWF
Twitter: @NAPAWF
Instagram: @NAPAWF

NAPAWF is a bridge. We bridge the many issues that confront AAPI women and their communities. We bridge the diversity of the 40-plus language groups that are represented under the Asian and Pacific Islander census category. We bridge the many places where our communities reside. We bridge the many waves of immigration of the AAPI community: mothers to daughters and first generation to 4th generation immigrants. We bridge strategies of individual empowerment with a larger vision of mobilizing power for justice, equality and peace.

   OUR MUSIC MY BODY   Facebook:  Our Music My Body  Twitter:  @OurMusicMyBody  Instagram:  @ourmusicmybody   This collaborative campaign led by  Between Friends  and Resilience was created to raise awareness about sexual harassment in the music scene. We do this work because we believe everyone deserves to feel comfortable and safe when they go to a concert or festival. OurMusicMyBody works with festival and venue staff, musicians, and music fans alike to create fun and consensual music experiences for all.

OUR MUSIC MY BODY
Facebook: Our Music My Body
Twitter: @OurMusicMyBody
Instagram: @ourmusicmybody

This collaborative campaign led by Between Friends and Resilience was created to raise awareness about sexual harassment in the music scene. We do this work because we believe everyone deserves to feel comfortable and safe when they go to a concert or festival. OurMusicMyBody works with festival and venue staff, musicians, and music fans alike to create fun and consensual music experiences for all.

 

Media Partners


Media Partners


   CHICAGO TRIBUNE FOOD BOWL   Facebook:  Chicago Tribune FOOD BOWL  Twitter:  @ctfoodbowl  Instagram:  @ctfoodbowl   The   Chicago Tribune   is excited to announce a new kind of food festival…Chicago-style. FOOD BOWL celebrates the chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, innovators, entrepreneurs, critics and connoisseurs who put Chicago at the forefront of the nation’s food and drink scene.  During the month of August, FOOD BOWL showcases the distinct tastes and flavors of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods in hundreds of creative, innovative and exciting events throughout the city.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE FOOD BOWL
Facebook: Chicago Tribune FOOD BOWL
Twitter: @ctfoodbowl
Instagram: @ctfoodbowl

The Chicago Tribune is excited to announce a new kind of food festival…Chicago-style. FOOD BOWL celebrates the chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, innovators, entrepreneurs, critics and connoisseurs who put Chicago at the forefront of the nation’s food and drink scene.  During the month of August, FOOD BOWL showcases the distinct tastes and flavors of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods in hundreds of creative, innovative and exciting events throughout the city.

   DILL MAGAZINE   Facebook:  Dill Magazine  Twitter:  @DillMagazine  Instagram:  @dillmagazine   Dill is a quarterly publication that honors the foodways of Asia and celebrates those who make a living sustaining the culinary traditions of this vast and diverse continent. We focus exclusively on Asian cuisines, viewing them in their cultural, historical, and political contexts. We are passionate about taking our readers along a journey deep into Asia and all of its sub-cultures with little known culinary traditions. We tell stories of where each dish comes from and of the people who make and serve it.

DILL MAGAZINE
Facebook: Dill Magazine
Twitter: @DillMagazine
Instagram: @dillmagazine

Dill is a quarterly publication that honors the foodways of Asia and celebrates those who make a living sustaining the culinary traditions of this vast and diverse continent. We focus exclusively on Asian cuisines, viewing them in their cultural, historical, and political contexts. We are passionate about taking our readers along a journey deep into Asia and all of its sub-cultures with little known culinary traditions. We tell stories of where each dish comes from and of the people who make and serve it.

Sponsors


THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF KULTURA FESTIVAL 2018

Sponsors


THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF KULTURA FESTIVAL 2018

General Info and Rules


General Info and Rules


ADMISSION

Prices for advance tickets purchased online are as follows: General Admission - $15, Seniors - $10, Students with ID - $5. Children (6-11 years old) - $5, Children (0-5 years old) - free. Entrance at the door is $25 for everyone except Children (0-5 years old), who will be admitted free of charge.

RE-ENTRY POLICY

Please keep in mind that you need to be stamped if you want to re-enter the venue.

PHOTOGRAPHY

By entering the festival grounds, you agree to allow your image to be photographed or filmed for the use of the producers.  If you do not want to be photographed, please see Tia at the registration desk. You will be given a red bandana as a signal to event staff to refrain from capturing your likeness.

TICKET RE-ASSIGNMENT & OTHER TICKET ISSUES

Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Tickets are transferrable. If there are any other ticketing issues, please email Natalia Roxas at natalia@filipino.kitchen 

SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS

Kultura Festival hopes to adhere to the many dietary concerns of its attendees. If your needs are extraordinary, please see information about medical needs.

PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL NEEDS

If you have pre-existing medical conditions that need medication, special diets, or awareness, please notify security when entering the festival. You will then be directed to first aid to ensure your medications or other needs are maintained or housed should they need refrigeration. Please bring a copy of a letter from a medical professional.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

All attendees will be searched upon entering Emporium Logan Square. The following items will not be allowed: knives or other weapons, selfie sticks, pets, food, beverages, drugs or drug paraphernalia.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

A valid, government-issued photo ID is required to purchase alcoholic beverages on site. Attendees will need to show their ID to festival security personnel in order to receive a wristband that will allow them to purchase alcohol.
SECURITY & SAFETY

Emporium's security personnel as well as Kultura's capable staff will be always be present for the duration of the event. Their role is to make this experience safe and fun for everyone. Please respect and follow all rules and regulations as they were created with everyone's safety in mind.

HEALTH & COMMON SENSE

We want all our visitors to have a healthy and safe festival experience, so please take these common-sense steps to ensure you’re feeling great when the day is over: (1) stay hydrated; (2) eat regularly; (3) dress appropriately; and (4) have fun.

WEATHER

Kultura Festival will take place rain or shine or even snow.

PARKING

The venue has no parking lot, but metered street parking is available in the vicinity. We recommend taking advantage of the multiple public transit options nearby or opting for a ride share service. Emporium Logan Square is about three blocks northwest of the CTA’s California Blue Line station and is also located along the 56 (Milwaukee) and the 74 (Fullerton) bus routes.

ACTS & SET TIMES

All acts and vendors advertised have confirmed their appearance at Kultura. Acts, however, are subject to change without notice. A complete list of set times will be released closer to the event, but may be subject to change. 

LOST & FOUND

Lost and Found will be located at the merchandise booth. Kultura Festival will hold on to any lost and found items for (1) week then it will be disposed.

Please visit this website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Code of Conduct


Code of Conduct


 

Kultura Festival welcomes everyone into this space for a day of food and celebration.

To ensure that everyone enjoys themselves, we remind all participants – from vendors and staff to patrons and volunteers – that we will not tolerate any forms of harassment. In furtherance of our mission to create change through food, arts, and culture, we endeavor to provide a space where everyone is safe, affirmed, and empowered. We will work as a community to hold each other accountable and support the people around us in spreading love and positivity. As such, we take a zero tolerance approach to harassing behavior, the consequences of which may include expulsion from the event. Harassment encompasses, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

  • Non-consensual photography or audiovisual recording

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

If any person chooses to violate our anti-harassment policy they will be asked to leave the premises. Ticket holders will not be entitled to a refund. If you have any further questions, please contact info@filipino.kitchen.

 

Here are some Do’s & Don’ts to help clarify the above principles:

Do: Have the best time!

Don’t: Think that the way that you have the best time is the way everyone wants to celebrate; respect personal space.

 

Do: Eat and enjoy all the food

Don’t : Bother the cooks or staff at the vending area as they are working. If you have a comment or concern, wait your turn and someone will help you.

 

Do: Love and groove to the music

Don’t: Grab or touch anyone while dancing without their consent.

 

Do: Celebrate being Filipino, and recognize the many wonderful ways of being Filipino

Don’t: Dictate that there is one way of being Filipino/Filipinx.

 

Do: Listen actively, and learn as much as you can from our chefs, our artists, our cultural practitioners and the wider Filipinx community.

Don’t: Make assumptions, or expect someone to have all the answers.

 

 

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately

[Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.]

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference [with no refund].

Event organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. [Conference staff can be identified by t-shirts/special badges/head sets.] Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

We can't follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

  • Calling or messaging this phone number: [Phone number for reporting]. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.

  • Contacting a staff member, identified by STAFF badges, buttons, or shirts.

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.