World Fest — Connecting Midwestern communities to international musicians to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences.
Daily World Fest
Get creative with daily activities inspired by Arts Midwest’s World Fest Artists. Sign up for free emails here, and they’ll send you quick 1-5 minute at-home daily activity prompts each weekday in February, including:
- Arts & Crafts
- Language Lessons
- Easy At-Home Music Tutorials
Activities are perfect for elementary and middle school students, but are fun for all ages. It’s free to sign up and there’s no commitment, so you can always take a look! You can subscribe here.
World Fest Online features performance and education content from three international music ensembles whose in-person tours have been postponed: Paulo Padilha e Bando from Brazil, Hadar Maoz from Israel, and Hikaru from Japan. Visit our website for free, downloadable materials including:
- Concert, workshop, and documentary videos from each of the bands (15-40 minutes)
- Study guides about Brazilian, Israeli, and Japanese culture and music
- Activity guides corresponding to the videos
Funders + Supporters
A program of Arts Midwest, the 2019–2021 World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3Mgives, the Kaufman Family Fund for Israeli Cultural Exchange, the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, and BNSFRailway Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China for Choor, and by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, the Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts, and Music Port for Hadar Maoz. Hadar Maoz activities are also made possible with support from the Howard B. and Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Community Foundation.
These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Arts Midwest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.
Senior Program Director