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2018 Madison World Music Festival Line-Up Announced

Press Release

For immediate release

Contact: Esty Dinur, Chair for Artistic Selection, 608-262-3907, edinur@wisc.edu

Note to Editors: additional high-resolution photos available from Esty Dinur


 The 15th annual Madison World Music Festival, sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Theater and UW Credit Union, starts on Thursday, 9/13 with a film about the role of music in the popular political uprising in the African country of Burkina Faso. It continues with performances at the Memorial Union Terrace and the Play Circle on Friday, 9/14, and the large stage in the Willy Street Fair on 9/15, with a second installment on the Terrace on 9/15. As in the past, the performances are all free and open to the public. Enjoy great music from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Workshops will be announced at a later date.

 2018 MWMF schedule

 Thursday, 9/13, Union South Marquee

7 pm, Film: Burkina Rising: the art of resistance in Burkina Faso


Friday, 9/14, Memorial Union:

4:30, Orquesta el Macabeo, Puerto Rico, Terrace (rain: Rathskeller)

5:15, Sona Jobarteh, Gambia, Play Circle

6:45, Hoven Droven, Sweden, Terrace (rain: Rathskeller)

9:00, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Canada/Eastern Europe, Terrace (rain: Rathskeller)


Saturday, 9/15, MWMF at Willy St. Fair:

2:00, Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars, Mali/Madison

4:00, Aynur, Turkish Kurd

5:45, La Misa Negra, Latin America

7:45, Gili Yalo, Israel/Ethiopia


Saturday, 9/15, Memorial Union Terrace:

9, La Dame Blanche, Cuba/France (rain: Rathskeller)


The festival, supported by the UW Credit Union, is presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Performing Arts Committee in collaboration with the Marquette Neighborhood Association and is supported by the Anonymous Fund, Dane Arts, Evjue Foundation, Latin America, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS), and the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Film Committee. This festival is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. WORT, 89.9 FM and Capital City Hues are media sponsors.