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The mission of the San Francisco International Arts Festival is to promote the City as a major center of creativity and exchange by inviting artists and audiences from around the world to an international celebration dedicated to exploring collaborative projects that push the boundaries of artistic excellence, genre, culture and human understanding. SFIAF's goals are to *produce an annual festival whose primary goal is the commissioning and presenting of international collaborative projects. *insure San Francisco's future allure as a vibrant, creative community by informing and enriching the arts at home through encouraging an innovative international dialogue between Bay Area artists and their peers throughout the world. *collaborate with other San Francisco arts organizations to share our resources and stage the Festival in the most cost effective manner possible. *provide rich and meaningful learning experiences through a wide range of residency activities aimed at multiple sectors of the population. *promote the festival to a local, statewide, national and international audience. *raise the City's profile as an international culture destination. *demonstrate how the arts perform a vital role in stimulating and positively impacting the economy of San Francisco.
The San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) takes place annually starting in the third week of May and running through the first week of June. In 2005 The Festival will run from May 18 - June 5. In 2005, SFIAF and our partners will be presenting ground-breaking artistic work from Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, China, South Korea and the San Francisco Bay Area. SFIAF's presenting partners will again range from small art centers and ensembles to world-class museums and institutions that represent the artistic and cultural diversity of the Bay Area. They include the Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ArtSpan (who coordinate Open Studios), the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Earplay, Dance Mission Theatre and SAFEhouse.