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Kularts dancer dressed in white on the Yerba Buena Gardens grass, slightly crouched facing the ground, with each arm stretched out in front and behind them. A few other dancers in white in the background behind them.

Lakbai Diwa: Diasporic Spirit Cultural Ceremony

May 2
11:00am – 4:00pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718

YBG Festival is proud to Co-Present Kularts‘ Lakbai Diwa: Diasporic Spirit Cultural Ceremony.

Lakbai Diwa is a multi-disciplinary project that explores ancestral oceanic culture of survival, resilience, and prosperity with over 35 participating Diasporic and Philippine artists and cultural practitioners. Project activities bridge indigeneity with contemporary artistic experiences that represent the resilience and transformative values of the diasporic Pilipinx people.

YBG Festival partially sponsored Lakbai Diwa in Fall of 2020 through the Endurance, Hope and Community program. Lakbai Diwa continues in May 2021 with a two-day performance and ceremony. Registration required.

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Event Details


An immersive event focused on the illuminating and healing element of fire/light with live mural painting, DJ and live music, parol lantern demonstration, and a living dance prayer performance with spirit boats against a backdrop of video projections. All activities will be on the Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade or Terrace.

Live Diwata Mural Painting
12:00–5:00 PM

Parol Lantern Demonstration
3:00 PM and 5:00 PM

DJ and Live Music Performances
5:15–5:50 PM: Kultura Kapwa
6:00–7:00 PM: Teao Sense + Azeem Ward of Audiopharmacy
7:00–7:45 PM: Joshua Icban

Cultural Ceremony
Begins at Sundown (around 7:45–8:00 PM)
Join the ceremony, bring your parol lanterns & lights!

SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2021

A ceremonial performance of a living dance prayer and meditation for the world with spirit boats offerings of food, flowers, herbs and power objects, festooned with prayer flags.

Live Diwata Mural Painting
11:00 AM
Yerba Buena Gardens

Cultural Ceremony
3:00 PM
Yerba Buena Gardens


For more information please go to kularts-sf.org/lakbai-diwa.


Enjoy The Program with These Safety Steps:

  • Performance attendance is monitored and is limited to 50 people
  • Stay home if you don’t feel well
  • Stay 6 feet away from people
  • Wear a face covering
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often

Thank you for keeping us all healthy. Now let’s keep the music playing!


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