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KAPWA FEST 2018

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The Dance Centre

677 Davie Street

Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1

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The Kapwa Festival supports new collaborative works and mentorship of emerging artists through song, dance, martial arts, ceremony, space, time and movement. We all come from somewhere, from someone, from many. Unraveling our ancestral pasts, weaving our histories together, each of us, one patch of a quilted blanket. Piling stacks of blankets detailing human history in our collective memory, quintessential to healing our communities with warmth, knowledge and understanding toward future collective harmony. Many have arrived in Vancouver with stories. Many who are at different stages of understanding their own indigeneity, in solidarity with First Nations who fight to keep their language or to keep the land and waters clean and free. Some are a part of the global diaspora, immigrants, refugees – all settlers, always learning, in process of decolonizing. We honour those who have been here for centuries longer than Captain Vancouver was and we seek to connect our commonalities in traditions and human understanding through the equally deep, rich and beautifully interwoven First Nations cultures that have been built on storytelling.

“Kapwa Festival offers a temporary time and space for collaboration between Filipinos in the diaspora and urban indigenous cultural artists. In the long term we hope to be able to host a permanent space that allows more rehearsal and collaboration space and our own venue for ongoing workshops and presentations. We also wish to be able to showcase artworks that represent Filipino indigenous cultures.”

The Kathara Society is proud to host the following artists in the spirit of strengthening our relations to one another and recognising Filipino indigeneity.


  • Kim Villagante, singer emcee arts
  • Corey Bullpit, Haida visual & tattoo artist, and mask maker
  • Babette Santos, Lead choregrapher and Kathara artistic director
  • Kat Norris, Indi-pino (Indigenous and Filipino mix heritage) storyteller and singer
  • Butterflies in Spirit, indigenous identifying dance group known for their work with the national inquiry on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Bert Monterona, Manobo (Philippine indigenous people from Southern Philippines) visual artist and arts facilitator
  • Kin Balam, conscious revolutionary hip hop flamenco indigenous artist originally from the indigenous lands of El Salvador
  • Mocassin Sisters - First Nations dancers
  • Shishir Inocalla, premiere Filipino martial arts instructor / practitioner
  • Mayo Landicho, Filipino visual artist and traditional tattoo artist known for “hand-tapping”
  • Kathara Dance Theatre, local theatrical dance group portraying Philippine indigenous peoples music, dance, and story-telling
  • Cease Wyss, local Squamish storyteller and multimedia artist


Kathara Society is a community-based non-profit organisation composed of artists, community workers, advocates, retirees, students, caregivers, TFWs, and professionals. Kathara is multi-generational, multi-ethnic, first and second-generation Filipinos & Canadians. We strive to center the indigenous voice while including other ethnicities that support cultural survival. Kathara is dedicated to the promotion of Philippine Indigenous People’s rights (including Manobo, Bagobo-Tagabawa, B’laan, Mandaya, Ati & Igorot), art and culture through community events, peace education, public performances, & advocacy. Kathara works cross-culturally in solidarity with indigenous communities of Coast Salish Territory, Indigenous peoples worldwide, and social movements on climate justice, environment, and human rights. We have received a grant form the City of Vancouver for Kapwa Fest 2018: The Art of Our Relations, to which we will be using to offer workshops to all parts of our diverse community.
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