2019 World Music and Dance Festival

2019 World Music and Dance Festival at CalArts 

May 3-5, 2019

Over the course of one weekend, the 2019 Annual World Music and Dance Festival brings musical traditions from around the world to Southern California, 20 concerts of music and dance from cultures around the world on two open-air stages!

With two stages, Wild Beast Concert Pavilion and The Remo and Ami Belli Stage, doubling the number of performances from years past. The World Music and Dance Festival weekend features food trucks, instrument, clothing, and artifact vendors. Additionally, the festival will also include instrument raffles and giveaways! 

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs for each day are requested. 


2019 Festival Schedule

CalArts World Music and Dance Festival 2019

FREE Concerts of Music from around the World

3 days, 2 stages, 25 performances

Friday, May 3

  • 5:30, Remo: CalArts Samulnori Ensemble (Korean)
  • 6:20, Remo: CalArts Afro-Peruvian Ensemble
  • 7:10, Remo: Youssef Sadek Ensemble (Middle Eastern jazz)
  • 7:40, Remo to Wild Beast: Brazilian Drumming Ensemble Parade
  • 8:00, Wild Beast: Balinese Music and Dance

Saturday, May 4

  • 11:30, Remo: Rain at Sunset (Balinese Gamelan and Chamber Orchestra)
  • 12:30, Remo: Balkan Ensemble
  • 1:20, Remo: Susana Pineda and The New Quartet (South American)
  • 2:00, Wild Beast: Tabla Ensemble, Student Indian Ensemble
  • 3:30, Remo: Colibri Quartet (Brazilian/American)
  • 4:00, CalArts C105: Remo Drum Circle  
  • 4:20, Remo: Traditional Turkish Ensemble
  • 5:00, Wild Beast: World Percussion Ensemble
  • 7:00, Remo: CalArts Salsa Band
  • 7:40, Remo to Wild Beast: Naiyandi Melam Parade
  • 8:00, Wild Beast: North Indian Classical Music, feat. Sarod Master Ustad Aashish Khan and Guest Artist Pranesh Khan

Sunday, May 5

  • 11:30, Remo: CalArts Afro-Cuban Ensemble
  • 12:30, Remo: CalArts Daf Ensemble (Persian)
  • 1:00, Wild Beast: Javanese Music and Dance
  • 3:00, Remo: CalArts Japanese Ensemble
  • 3:15, Wild Beast to Bijou: Indonesian Procession
  • 3:40, Bijou Theater, CalArts: Bali: Beats of Paradise feature documentary feat. I Nyoman Wenten, CalArts Faculty
  • 3:50, Remo: Baltic Ensemble SKAN  
  • 4:40, Remo: Banda do Cabelo (Brazilian choro)
  • 5:10pm, Wild Beast: Persian Ensemble
  • 6:30, Remo: Kevin Moran and Ben Scanlan Percussion (West African/North Indian)
  • 7:20, Remo: Sabina Arias (Mexican son jarocho fusion)
  • 8:00, WB: African Music and Dance, feat. Ghanaian Visiting Faculty Sulley Imoro

All programming subject to change, including start times. This program listing will be updated as performing ensembles are confirmed.

CalArts Concert Tips

  • Admission and parking are free at the World Music and Dance Festival.
  • The festival is a family-friendly event with content safe and appropriate for all ages. 
  • Bench-seating is limited at the Wild Beast and available on a first-come, first- served basis. CalArts encourages you to bring your own low lawn chairs and blankets.
  • Picnics welcome: The lawn outside of The Wild Beast Music Pavilion is a perfect place for a picnic. Please leave the alcohol at home, however; open containers are not allowed on the CalArts campus.
  • The CalArts campus is located in Valencia, Calif., approximately 30 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles. 

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