Dessa in China

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From May 15 to June 3, 2018, Minneapolis-based singer, creative entrepreneur, and thought leader Dessa visited Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong for workshops and performances as part of the Arts Midwest Global Exchange in China.

Arts Midwest Global Exchanges create moments of surprise, curiosity, and cross-cultural exploration through interactive, person-to-person dialogue. By providing educational encounters in addition to performances, this program engaged audiences across China with a prominent voice from a region of the United States less widely-known internationally.

Dessa’s extraordinary music, personal lyrics, and creative expertise encouraged exploration of shared experiences across countries.

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About the artist

Dessa is an artistic innovator whose musical performances are ambitious, inventive, and designed to defy expectations. Recognized as a creative entrepreneur, Dessa helped build an artistic enterprise that produces music, curates events, and develops unique business ventures. She has published two collections of poetry and essays along with multiple contributions to national media, and she regularly speaks at corporate, educational, and charitable events.

For more information on Dessa, follow her at @dessadarling on Twitter or visit

Partnership and support

Arts Midwest Global Exchange: Dessa in China is produced by Arts Midwest in partnership with China Arts & Entertainment Group, with support from the U.S. Embassy–Beijing and the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau.