Showcase of Young Filipino-American Performers and Musical Talents Kicks off Kultura Arts' Fall Programming
SEATTLE - September H.Y.P.E., a diverse showcase of young Filipino-American talent, will kick off the fall arts programming at the Filipino Community Center of Seattle.
The show, to be held at the Community Center from 7 -10 p.m. on Sept. 17, is part of the Kultura Arts line-up of artistic programming at the community center, which has experienced a rebirth since its renovation and expansion two years ago. Since launching nearly a year ago, Kultura Arts has presented a wide variety of shows at the center, held every Third Friday of the month.
September H.Y.P.E, (which stands for Hypin' up Young Pinoy/Pinay Entertainers) celebrates the talents of local Filipino American youth, and features the diverse works of local hip hop dancers, rappers, clothing designers, deejays, and bands.
"This is really what it's all about — growing our next generation of artists and performers and giving them a platform to share and showcase their talents," said Maria Batayola, Director of Kultura Arts.
Among those taking part in the show are singer and songwriter Agnes Ingarra, who has been featured at the Bite of Seattle, and toured the Philippines; DJ Frank I (also known as Franklin Bacungan), a professional disc jockey and musician; Kontagious, a dance company formed in 2004; and Ilocano's Homemade Production, a trio of rappers. Members of FilStar, the youth program of the Filipino Community of Seattle for high school and middle school students, will also perform a colloborative piece that showcases a range of talents. Also featured in the show are the trend-setting street wear designs of fashion designer, Emnace, and visual art by Dela Vega.
Also joining the lineup are Rodelio Francisco Jr., Don't Mind the Kid, Micah B, Keanna Mendoza, Prawphit on Point, Carolyne Igama and Czarina Igama. Battalion Entertainment, a record label and events company founded in 2002, provides the stage management for September H.Y.P.E.
The show is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted. (A $5 donation is suggested.) There will also be hot dogs and snacks available for sale with proceeds to benefit a domestic violence group housed at the community center. The Filipino Community Center is located at 5740 Martin Luther King Junior Way South. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. There will be an open dance floor afterwards.
Maria Batayola (moc.nsm|tratspmujbm#moc.nsm|tratspmujbm)
Director, Kultura Arts &
Filipino Community of Seattle Board Member
Delia Vita (moc.oohay|ativcd#moc.oohay|ativcd)