CompArte 2: The Emiliano Zapata Community Festival @ Omni Commons, Oakland [12 August]

CompArte 2: The Emiliano Zapata Community Festival

13:00 - 22:00

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Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, California 94609
CompArte 2 | The Emiliano Zapata Community Festival

CompArtistas Program
[Note: CompArte 2 music & poetry performances will be livestreamed in the Chiapas Support Committee Facebook page.+]

+1:00-1:30pm Welcome by Chiapas Support Committee Oakland & Opening with Calpulli Huey Papalotl

1:30-3:30pm Workshops for human liberation
• What is Zapatismo?
Led by members of the Chiapas Support Committee, presentation & dialogue on the history of the Zapatista struggle and movement in Mexico; guiding principles & values, building an Indigenous Council of Government with Indigenous people and what Zapatismo means in the U.S.

• Learn the basics of Danza Mexica with Patricia Chicueyi Coatl from Calpulli Huey Papalotl:
Through centuries, through millenia, Danza Danza Mexica-Chichimeca, Mitotiliztli, has been a form of education and discipline for our Native Anahuacan people. Brave guerrerx have so valiantly fought to protect these Sacred Traditions, especially Tlahtouani Cuauhtemoc, right after the European Invasion, and our beloved Tlacatecuhtli Emiliano Zapata during the Mexican Revolution.
Come learn the basics of strong and beautiful form or danza-prayer created by our Anahuacan Ancestors.

• Son Jarocho writing verses & dancing
María De la Rosa & DíaPaSon artists facilitate community art-making using son jarocho- a living tradition of music and poetry. You'll learn some basic beats on percussive instruments and then we'll show you how to layer them to create a basic groove and be «present» with fellow workshop participants. Once we've locked in, we will guide you to compose lyrical poetry that expresses collective, universal concerns of the community and set it to melodies used in «Señor Presidente» and «El Canto del Grillo».

• From the Underground Railroad to the new codes & emblems of solidarity
Marshall Trammell of Music Research Strategies leads participants in an exploration into the ‘technologies’ of warrior ethos of the UGRR-era narratives of solidarity ‘technologies’ as a means to assess social impact methodologies for generating new “codes” and emblems of solidarity into everyday life today.

+3:30-4:30 pm CompArtistas
Music, Spoken Word & Poetry in resistance against the walls of capitalism
• Francisco Herrera, Trabajo Cultural Caminante, music
• Elana Chávez, poet
• Muteado Silencio, spoken word
• Cory Aguilar, spoken word
• PoesíaMaríaArte, spoken word

4:30-5:30pm Community meal with tamales, zapatista coffee & aguas frescas

+6:00-10:00pm CompArte in Concert for Humanity, Against capitalism, war & racism

• DíaPaSon, son jarocho music & dance
• Black Fighting Formations: Mogauwane Mahloele & Marshall Trammell, South African and African American percussinists perform warrior ethos ritual.
• uPhakamile uMaDhlamini, poet
• Muteado Silencio, spoken word
• Naima Shalhoub+Band
• Arnoldo García, poet
• PoesíaMaríaArte, spoken word
• Los Nadies, dance from below

The following artists will be showing their work all day at CompArte 2 | The Emiliano Zapata Community Festival:

Daniel Camacho
Eduardo Valadez Arenas
Cristián Muñoz
Jhovany Rodríguez
Rafael Sanhueza
Natalia González
Tirsa Mercado
& others!

Join us for justice music, poetry, art, good food and community!
¡Free! | ¡Gratis!

Compartir ZapatistArte

CompArte is a play on the Spanish words compartir (to share) and arte (art), so it’s a festival of sharing art in all it’s forms: music, dance, poetry, painting, drawing, sculpture, etcetera, to dream a different world where we all fit.

CompArte is also an international festival, first convened by Zapatista communties in 2016 to celebrate art and culture as a catalyst for social change, in rebellion against capitalism and all its walls of exploitation and oppression: racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, english-only mentalities.

Zapatista supporters created CompArte Festivals all over Mexico and in other countries in 2016. Here in the Bay, the Chiapas Support Committee held a CompArte Festival in Oakland, too.

This year, thanks to support from the Akonadi Foundation, we are able to expand CompArte to add music, dance, workshops, food and much more, free for all our communities. CompArte brings together the culture, imagination and dreams of those who organize and resist the walls of capitalism and work to build a more just and free community where everyone belongs.

CompArte festival will be featuring rap, singers, painters, poets, thinkers, revolutionaries, bands and working people bringing their voices, visions and talent to listen to each other and dream out loud the relationships and community of communities we want to make us safer and powerful for justice, solidarity and love.

CompArte will feature a day-long art exibit with the painters and artists on hand to share their work's relavance to resisting capitalism and constructing another world.

CompArte 2 comes together to explore how to make cracks and fissures in the walls of racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, exploitation and abuse of women, girls, boys, children, the elders and youth, in other words, the planet.

CompArte 2 is a space to dream awake and aloud the world we want to live, work, study, worship and play in.


The Chiapas Support Committee will be passing the basket for contributions that will all be given to the Zapatista communities in Mexico.

For more information or to contact the Chiapas Support Committee:
Email CSC: [email protected]

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CompArte 2 in part made possible by the generous support of the Akonadi Foundation, and by the sacrifices, struggles for justice, the dignity and global leadership of the Zapatista communities.
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