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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. Dive into these World Fest Online videos featuring three incredible international music ensembles.

Daily World Fest Activities

Get creative with daily activities inspired by Arts Midwest’s World Fest artists. These quick 1-5 minute at-home daily activity prompts are perfect for elementary and middle schoolers, but are fun for all ages!

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Paulo Padilha e Bando (Brazil)

Discover the sounds of Brazil with Paulo Padilha e Bando. Paulo’s music is inspired by traditional samba and other popular Brazilian styles. Learn more about the history of the cuica drum and follow Paulo as he zig zags through the streets of Brazil’s largest city, stopping at the bakery, the market, and the beach! Then, tune in to the band’s backyard garden concert.

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Download Discussion Questions Download Folktales Activity Guide
Learn More About Paulo


Hadar Maoz (Israel)

Travel through 2,500 years of Israel’s musical tradition with Hadar Maoz and her ensemble. Hadar finds inspiration for her music everywhere, from ancient Persia to modern rock and roll. Get to know more about life in Israel as Hadar takes you to the riverside, sings and dances with her grandmother, and visits with her mom.

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Hikaru (Japan)

Explore Japanese folk music with Hikaru. Travel with the band members across Tokyo to explore a festival, a dance studio and a barbershop. Then, tune into Hikaru’s concert to hear Japanese instruments like the 3-string shamisen, the high-pitched shinobue flute, and the rumbling taiko drums as well as traditional singing and dance.

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Download Discussion Questions Download Haiku Activity Guide
Learn More About Hikaru


This project was 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. This activity 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.