Mestre Kamau Blakney

Mestre Kamau co-leads with Contramestre Eva the Philadelphia chapter of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation (FICA), known as FICA Philly. This organization works to foster community growth and enrichment through the preservation of the Capoeira Angola tradition and African history throughout Philadelphia and its regions. Kamau Blakney holds the title of Mestre (Capoeira Master), given […]

Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society

Extraordinary masters from important Beijing opera families along with many dedicated learners have established the Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society (PCOS), our region’s only organization devoted to the study, teaching, and performance of Beijing opera (also known as Jing Ju, or Peking Opera). This highly developed and stylized art form dates back over two thousand years. […]

Sifu Shu Pui Cheung

Sifu Shu Pui Cheung cites growing up in poverty in Hong Kong as a prime motivation for his study of kung fu. Sifu Cheung attended elementary school in Kowloon City—a unique area of Hong Kong, which, through a legal clause in the lease with Britain, was a sovereign area not subject to any British colonial […]

Shuyuan Li

Shuyuan Li has been a Beijing Opera performing artist for over forty years and is a fourth generation artist in this tradition. At age 10, she started receiving vigorous, standard, traditional training in all aspects of Beijing opera under the tutelage of her family. Her father, Li Wuanchun, was a well-established virtuoso of Beijing Opera […]

Helen Gym

Surrounded by friends in a women’s-only lion dance/kung fu class in 2001, Helen Gym was moved by the opportunity to study something she had witnessed on numerous occasions as so integral to a community’s cultural life. She found the teacher, Sifu Shu Pui Cheung, to be profoundly committed to artistic excellence and community. He demanded […]

Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw is a Philadelphia-based percussionist, sound artist/composer, cultural producer, and arts educator specializing in Afro-Brazilian music traditions. He is the director of renowned Brazilian ensemble, Alô Brasil, and was a section leader in the award-winning Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra for over a decade in which he shared stages with tabla master Zakir Hussain, hip […]

Aditya Setyawan

Aditya Setyawan is known in the Indonesian community in South Philadelphia as a leader and a guru of Pencak Silat, an indigenous martial art from Indonesia and the surrounding geocultural areas of Southeast Asia. He is a member of the school, Perguruan IKS PI Kera Sakti (Monkey Magic), which instructs students in a combination of […]