This summer, as part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, we are taking a look at the diverse arts and culture found in San Pedro. We're not only asking you to discover the culture, art and artists of San Pedro through our performances, but also by making a trip to the habor yourself!
This Thursday, the Los Angeles Harbor that brings in around one billion dollars a day will close down for the annul San Pedro Labor Fest.
About the San Pedro Labor Fest
Each year on July 5th, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) holds a “Bloody Thursday” picnic for its members and their families and friends to remember the men who died in the struggle to form this great union. This year, with the generous support of ILWU Locals 13, 63 and 94, a group of union and community members have come together to create a community-inclusive event celebrating labor artists. The purpose of this event, the San Pedro Labor Fest, is to commemorate Bloody Thursday by recognizing the positive impact the ILWU and other unions have on the lives of their members and the community at large.
The Festival will be held in Downtown San Pedro from July 5th through July8th, 2012, and will coincide with the popular monthly Downtown San Pedro Artwalk. There will be several gallery exhibits, musical performances, book signings and poetry readings by numerous labor artists, along with a special presentation of two films documenting current labor struggles close to home. Director Mary Liz Thompson will be at the screening of her film "Who Bombed Judi Bari?" on July 6th. Joan Sekler will join us to screen her film, “Locked Out” on July 7th and Annie Williams’ new film, ”We Are Wisconsin” will be screening on July 8th.