The Center for World Music will hold its 50th anniversary festival “a dazzling outdoor multicultural performing arts experience,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11 in Ellen Browning Scripps Park 1133 Coast Blvd.
The free event will feature master artists performing music and dance from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, including folk and traditional cultures of Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Iran, Spain, and many more.
According to organizers, “Festival-goers will find themselves surrounded by colorful dancers, exotic melodies, and exuberant rhythms. You will meet international artists, learn Peruvian dance, listen to the music of Indonesian gamelans and Iranian setar, sample a menu of international cuisines, and enjoy interactive musical instrument demonstrations in a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean.” Mayor Bob Filner is scheduled to attend the festival in the early afternoon to mark the Center for World Music’s 50 years as a unique performing arts organization. CWM has enriched the arts education opportunities for more than 50,000 public school and university students, who have participated in music and dance classes taught by master musicians and dancers from folk and traditional cultures around the world.
Classes in San Diego have been supported by $500,000 in grants from supporters such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the Weingart Foundation.
CWM was founded in 1963 as a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster awareness and understanding of the world’s performing arts and cultural traditions, by
Samuel and Luise Scripps, and ethnomusicologist Robert E. Brown. Ph.D.
For more information, visit centerforworldmusic.org and studyabroadbali.org, or contact CWM executive director John Gabriel at (760) 845-9480 or