From classical Indian dance to the sounds of samba, Austinites will be able to enjoy global grooves at Zilker Hillside Theater on Oct. 23 from 4-8 p.m. The World Family Music Festival marks the first time the city’s cultural centers come together to host a festival.
“It’ll show the richness of cultural diversity in Austin,” says festival co-producer Daniel Llanes, who will also perform at the event. “People tend to stay in their own segment of the community, but this brings it all together.”
The free family-oriented event features performers such as award-winning world music band Atash, Keito St. James, who founded the Polynesian dance and music company called Tropical Productions, Mexican folkloric dance company Oaxaca en Movimiento, and more. In addition to the music and dance, fest-goers can also expect poetry, food trucks, and children’s activities.
The festival will help kick off a season of events available at Austin cultural centers and museums. “Many people don’t realize that we offer many free and low-cost access to the arts,” says Laura Esparza, division manager of museums and cultural centers for the Austin parks department. Throughout the year, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, the Asian American Resource Center and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center all host numerous events and their own festivals such as the Día de los Muertos Festival or Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
Esparza says the joint world music festival will become an annual event families can enjoy. “The world lives here,” she says. “It’s important to recognize all the music and culture that represents Austin.”
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3:45 p.m. pre-show featuring Wesley Methodist Choir
4 p.m. Opening Ceremony – Hula Halau Kaeepa – Keito St. James
4:10pm For the Love Of It – Daniel Llanes
4:45pm Oaxaca Arte en Movimiento
5:45pm Thom the World Poet
6:25pm Anuradha Naimpally
6:50pm Austin Samba