BOCA DE ORO: Literature & Arts Fest, Downtown Santa Ana

March 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On Saturday March 3rd, Downtown Santa Ana will be transformed into the Literary Capital of Orange County as the 2018 Boca de Oro Art & Lit Fringe Festival invites over a dozen art galleries and cultural venues, restaurants, historic buildings and secret spaces to double as houses of letters for literary fans to connect with local and regional writers!  The Frida Cinema is proud to participate as the host venue for:

The Art of Persuasion: Speech and Debate 
Presented by Councilman Sal Tinajero

Orange Coast College Forensics SLAM 
Hosted by Shaw Davari

Get Lit SA – Willard & Sierra Prep 
OC RYSE: Poetry Slam 
Curated by Josh Wood

Poetic Reform Party 
Hosted by M. Omari

More than 100 local and visiting authors and artists took up the opportunity to showcase their work. Boca de Oro includes workshops, readings, panel discussions, open mics, performances, and thoughtful reflections. The event is free and open to the public with offerings that appeal to everyone!  Learn more about the event schedule and program online at!

For kids, daytime and early-evening activities range from bookbinding workshops and fabric painting to self-expression workshops. Santa Ana Unified School District is bringing over 500 students and faculty downtown to perform a wide variety of arts genres.

For fans of literature and poetry, Boca de Oro features readings, panel discussions, and open mics with acclaimed local and visiting authors, including Luis J. Rodriguez, Coast Conversations with Samantha Dunn and Cynthia Romanowski, Breaking Tables with Darlene Kriesal, Latina Power! with Dr. Ana Nogales, Quiero Mas with Michelle Duman, The Power of Persuasion with Councilman Sal Tinajero, El Otro Lado de Pared with Jose Lozano, Sister Spit with Marytza Rubio, The Poetic Reform Party with Marcus Omari and more!

PLUS! – Santa Ana Sites, a local arts presenter, is bringing Perla Batalla, Leonard Cohen’s long-time back-up singer, for an intimate performance during Boca de Oro! Perla will perform her favorite Cohen songs in English and Spanish and tell stories that celebrate the artist’s life in Orange County’s oldest church. (Note: this concert is the only “for-pay” element of the festival at $10 student/$18 general admission. All other features are free.)  8pm show is already sold out! Click here for info and tickets for 10pm encore!

The Lit Fest is planned against the backdrop of Downtown Santa Ana’s monthly First Saturday Artwalk in which artists, restaurants, and public spaces come alive with music, crowds and conviviality.  Join us this Saturday!