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World Fest

Connecting Midwestern communities to international musicians to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences.

World Fest Online

Since 2003, Arts Midwest World Fest has brought international musicians to communities throughout the Midwest. When we can’t be with you in person, we’ll still bring music and culture from around the world to your screens. Watch videos featuring three incredible international music ensembles and download educational content including study guides and discussion questions.


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Funders + Supporters

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2019–2022 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, the Kaufman Family Fund for Israeli Cultural Exchange, and Music Port. World Fest is also 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.

Contact Us

Ken Carlson
Senior Program Director
[email protected]

Katie Ortman
Program Manager
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