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Madison World Music Festival

Presented By Wisconsin Union Theater

Music and dance from unique and unexpected parts of the world. This festival is a celebration of cultures and takes place on the famous Memorial Union Terrace and the Willy Street Fair every fall. Featuring great artists and amazing Terrace atmosphere, it will be an experience you will remember for years to come.

You don't want to miss this free festival!


Festival Schedule & Locations

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Union South Marquee
7pm | Burkina Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso (film)

Friday, September 14, 2018
Memorial Union Terrace
4:30pm | Orquesta el Macabeo | Puerto Rico
5:15pm | Sona Jobarteh | Gambia (Play Circle)
6:45pm | Hoven Droven | Sweden
9pm | Lemon Bucket Orkestra | Canada/Eastern Europe

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Willy Street Fair
2p | Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars | Mali/Madison
4p | Aynur | Turkey
5:45p | La Misa Negra | Latin America
7:45p | Gili Yalo | Israel/Ethiopia

Memorial Union Terrace
9pm | La Dame Blanche | Cuba/France

September 13th - September 15th

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Upcoming Events


September 14th | 4:30pm

Orquesta el Macabeo

Terrace at Memorial Union
Eleven-piece salsa band brings energetic, punk-inspired approach to the genre.


September 14th | 5:15pm

Sona Jobarteh

Wisconsin Union Theater
Traditional west African songs about modern life.


September 14th | 6:45pm

Hoven Droven

Terrace at Memorial Union
Traditional Swedish folk songs reworked in the vein of American hard rock.


September 14th | 9:00pm

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Terrace at Memorial Union
Spirited and punky orchestral anthems in the style of Eastern European folk music.


September 15th | 2:00pm

MWMF at the Willy Street Fair

Wisconsin Union Theater
Bands and artists from Mali, Turkey, Latin America, Israel and Ethiopia at the Willy Street Fair!


September 15th | 9:00pm

La Dame Blanche

Terrace at Memorial Union
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist delivers compelling fusion of cumbia, dancehall, hip-hop, and more.

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Restaurants Nearby

Badger Market in Memorial Union

Memorial Union


Monday: 7am to 12am

Badger Market in Health Sciences Learning Center

Health Sciences Learning Center


Monday: 8am to 2pm