Going on its 2nd year, the wildly successful Filipino food extravaganza Kultura is back at Logan Square’s Emporium Arcade and Surf Bar on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Last year food media and events coalition Filipino Kitchen launched Kultura Festival to a sold out, ravenous crowd of both Filipino and non-Filipinos alike. The fest coincides with the start of Filipino American Heritage Month, where they present over a dozen Filipino American chefs, visual artists and musicians.


Some of the featured chefs are Chef AC Boral (CA), Chef Sherwin L. Tee (Manila), Chef Bjorn Delacruz (Brooklyn) and from Chicago Chef Chrissy Camba, Chef Kristine Subido, Hapa Chicago, Jo Snow Syrups and Oxtail Filipino Inspired.

DJs have also been part of the festival fare, this time with Joey Figueroa, Karl Almaria, Czboogie, RTST, Kristin Sanchez and Itzi Nallah.

But now there’s even more added to this amazing day of events. There will be workshops on batok (tattoos), baybayin (an ancient writing system) as well as Philippine history and martial arts by the indigenous art group Katao Living Traditions based out of San Francisco. Add to that there will be the 9th annual Adobofest home cooking and balut eating contest.

One of the highlights of this event will be the US debut of the highly acclaimed Filipino-Canadian electronic tribal music trio DATU and contemporary all-female dance company HATAW. The combination of these two powerful forces is a synergy of electronica, folklore and mythology all with a modern twist. They incorporate modern-day elements with their sound and movement with plenty of invocations and homage to their Filipino heritage.


As Romeo Candido of DATU explains, “Filipinos from Toronto growing up in the 90’s were all about House!I think my first vinyl was a Fast Eddie 12 inch. And the 120-130BPM goes perfectly with our indigenous percussive Filipino music and instrumentation, so we are kinda trying to do our take on Tribal House, as it has collected and brought together people from all around the world.”

And with regards to performing in Chicago for the first time he says, “Some of our biggest influences, from Kanye West all the way back to Frankie Knuckles come from Chicago, so it is fitting that we bring our Toronto-Filipino sound to the home of these legends.”

Aside from performing at Kultura Fest, you can also see them perform at a free show at Chicago’s Field Museum on Saturday Oct. 2nd.

Early-bird Kultura Festival general admission tickets are available through Sept. 15 for $15 and can be purchased here. After that date, general admission tickets will be $20.

DATU/HATAW (Photo by: Bo Fajardo)
KULTURA: Chef Bryan Collante

Kultura Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/654426094713648/
DATU Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/datumusic
DATU Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DATU.TORONTO
HATAW Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hatawto


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