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Birds in the Moon & Friends: A Festival of Opera + Native Cultural Performances

August 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 3:00 pm, repeating until August 29, 2021

Join this downtown Berkeley festival of opera, music, spoken word, and dance! Free performances on August 28 and 29 starting at 3 pm.

Performances include:

“Birds in the Moon” (August 28-29), a mobile chamber opera on the theme of human migration by video artist and photographer Deborah O’Grady.

Before both evening performances of “Birds in the Moon,” Deborah has invited California I CAN, La Pena Cultural Center, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and Bay Area Creative to each host a one-hour performance. On Saturday, young poets from SPARC poetry, a program of Bay Area Creative that builds art communities in schools and hosts workshops and open mics, will take the stage at 3pm, followed by the Latin fusion band Calmao with special guest Cumbia dancers from Colombia, at 5pm.

Four California Indian Culture Bearers (Sunday, August 29th): Presented by California Institute for Community, Art andNature (I CAN), which will bring to the stage four remarkable California Indian culture bearers who will transport us with stories and song. Cafe Ohlone co-founders Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) & Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone), and graphic artist Eric Wilder (Kashia Pomo) will share their lifelong commitments to Native culture. Traditional basketweaver and California I CAN’s California Native Ways Festival Curator, Jennifer Bates (Central Sierra Mewuk) will be emceeing.

For more information about Birds of the Moon and the weekend’s lineup of performances, visit:


August 28, 2021
3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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California Institute for Community, Art and Nature


Birds in the Moon & Friends Festival
2210 Harold Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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