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CalArts Presents 2023 World Music and Dance Festival

CalArts Presents 2023 World Music and Dance Festival

2023 World Music and Dance Festival at CalArts 

Experience free concerts of music and dance from around the world as the Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary

VALENCIA, Calif., April 13—From Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, the CalArts World Music and Dance Festival brings traditions from around the globe to Southern California. Over one spectacular weekend, audiences will experience a variety of world-class world musicians, on the campus of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia.

Presented by The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, the 2023 festival features music from Iran, Bali and Java (Indonesia), India, Ghana (West Africa), and Japan, as well as cross-cultural fusion. Come and immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds, and be part of a movement celebrating the diversely rich and beautiful cultures of the world! 

The 2023 World Music and Dance Festival takes place as part of California Institute of the Arts' 50th Anniversary Weekend, a celebration of its first five decades of artmaking, education, and experimentation. The weekend features several end-of-year events on campus, including Open Studios, HAPPENINGS, and more—many of which are free and open to the public. Learn more about and register for the festivities at

2023 Festival Schedule


California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Free admission

Wild Beast Stage

Friday, April 28, 2023

  • 7:30 pm: World Percussion Ensemble
  • 8:40 pm: Balinese Gamelan (Music and Dance)

Saturday, April 29, 2023

  • 5 pm: Persian Electric Ensemble
  • 7 pm: North Indian Faculty Ensemble
  • 8:30 pm: African Ensemble (Music and Dance)

Sunday, April 30, 2023

  • 5 pm: Tabla Ensemble & North Indian Music Ensemble
  • 7:30 pm: Javanese Gamelan (Music and Dance)

Clark's Field Stage

  • Baltic Choir
  • Folk Singing Ensemble
  • Japan Ensemble
  • Salsa Band

All programming is subject to change, including start times. Please check the events listing for updates.

CalArts Concert Tips
  • Admission and parking are free at the World Music Festival.
  • The festival is a family-friendly event with content safe and appropriate for all ages.
  • Bench seating is limited at the Wild Beast and available on a first-come, firstserved basis. CalArts encourages you to bring your own low lawn chairs and blankets.
  • Picnics welcome: The lawn outside of The Wild Beast Music Courtyard is a perfect place for a picnic. Please leave the alcohol at home.
  • The CalArts campus is located in Valencia, Calif., approximately 30 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles.

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The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts places a high priority on providing professional training that gives its students the abilities and means to become effective practitioners in diverse musical styles—to become culturally informed, artistically versatile citizens of an expansive musical world. Students in the World Music Program closely study music and dance practices from a variety of musical cultures, while simultaneously acquiring solid grounding in music theory, musicianship skills, and music history and literature. This unique course of study allows students to acquire high-level performance skills in both solo and ensemble situations; facility with both notated and oral methods of learning music; and awareness of the cultural, theoretical and social aspects of multiple musical traditions.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines, and cultural traditions.