WorldFest Day Update

WorldFest Day 2021 Update

April 20, 2021

GOOD NEWS IS HERE: The 2021 WorldFest Day has officially been approved to be held in-person. You read that right! We will be presenting a celebration of world music on WorldFest Day on July 17 under the ponderosas at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

 

 

What to know at a glance:

 

  • Capacity is strictly limited to abide by current COVID state guidelines and allow for safe physical distancing.
  • The audience will be seated in marked Pods that are distanced from each other by six feet on all sides with a maximum of four people per pod.
  • Masks required anytime outside of pod
  • Food and drinks only consumed in pod
  • Staggered arrival times for audience
  • Parking and concessions can be purchased online at time of ticket purchase
  • Only low profile chairs no higher than 28” allowed in the front section

TICKET HOLDER UPDATE

Current WorldFest ticket holders from 2020 get first dibs on a complimentary ticket to WorldFest Day. You will have three days to request your ticket by calling The Center for the Arts box office before they go onsale to the general public. Thank you for holding on to those festival passes. It’ll be worth it!

Stay tuned for the lineup and official on-sale dates coming VERY SOON!
We look forward to welcoming you back to live music, and are confident that the experience can take place safely with everyone’s cooperation.
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*NEW* World Music Program & Virtual Youth Choir

Students ages 5-12 will explore the music and cultures of India, Mali, & Greece. Starting on March 1, 2021, the 12-week program requires no previous musical experience and is free to kids and their families. There are no set class times to worry about – weekly activities are available on demand, so choose when you want to tune in to have fun!

WorldFest 2021: Update #2

We miss you. We miss music, we miss concerts, we miss our friends, and we know this announcement will break many hearts. Please know that we were hoping for better news but it seems that it is impossible- not safe- for us to plan a full four-day festival for thousands of attendees at this time.

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*NEW* World Music Program & Virtual Youth Choir

*NEW* World Music Program & Virtual Youth Choir

February 24, 2021

The Center for the Arts (presenter of California WorldFest) continues to bring important youth programming to our community during this challenging time. The Center is teaming up with Music in the Mountains to produce a world music program and virtual choir.

This is a free program for students ages 5-12 to explore the music and cultures of India, Mali, and Greece. The 12-week program runs March through May, requires no previous musical experience, and is free to kids and their families. There are no set class times to worry about – weekly activities are available on demand, so you can choose when you want to tune in to have fun!

Students have the opportunity to participate in a “virtual world children’s choir” – just like those other virtual performances trending on YouTube these days. Songs selected from our Music for Young Minds program will be used to create a video which will be featured during WorldFest Day 2021!

 

 

With Music for Young Minds, it’s easy to use the interactive digital platform to learn and get creative. Learn songs, dances, recipes, and stories from three different cultures: you’ll be up and away from the screen, on your feet singing, learning, and having fun! Although this program is designed for youngsters, all ages are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. The experience culminates in a virtual choir concert, and select songs will be featured during this year’s WorldFest celebration!

This musical safari is led by expert adventure guide: Shannon Devir, an accomplished music teacher and flutist.  

:: DETAILS ::

Music In The Mountains & The Center For The Arts Present:
Music For Young Minds
World Music Program & Virtual Choir

March 1 – May 30, 2021 (12 week program)
Online & On-Demand (No set class times)
Students Age 5-12
Free

This program was made possible with support from California Arts Council.

 

        
News

*NEW* World Music Program & Virtual Youth Choir

Students ages 5-12 will explore the music and cultures of India, Mali, & Greece. Starting on March 1, 2021, the 12-week program requires no previous musical experience and is free to kids and their families. There are no set class times to worry about – weekly activities are available on demand, so choose when you want to tune in to have fun!

WorldFest 2021: Update #2

We miss you. We miss music, we miss concerts, we miss our friends, and we know this announcement will break many hearts. Please know that we were hoping for better news but it seems that it is impossible- not safe- for us to plan a full four-day festival for thousands of attendees at this time.

WorldFest 2021: Update #1

Traditionally, tickets would be going on sale this week for WorldFest 2021. We truly want to present the festival in person, under the tall pines, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, but a lot remains uncertain. In the coming weeks we will be meeting with the venue and...

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Dear Friends, Thank you for being a part of the WorldFest family. At the end of the month, we will be unveiling the third round of artists announcements for WorldFest 2020! Currently, we do not plan to cancel any performances or events. We will be monitoring the CDC,...

Enjoy the making of the 2018 Poster

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WorldFest 2021: Update #2

We miss you. We miss music, we miss concerts, we miss our friends, and we know this announcement will break many hearts. Please know that we were hoping for better news but it seems that it is impossible- not safe- for us to plan a full four-day festival for thousands of attendees at this time.

There will not be a full four-day California WorldFest in 2021.

We are working to present a celebration of world music on WorldFest Day on July 17th. We are hoping the day can be live and in person. We have secured a location, are working on an awesome lineup, and are preparing a plan for an outdoor concert that would need to be approved by the county.

WorldFest Day is our way of saying thanks and will be free to 2020 ticket holders. We want to thank you for your support, helping to save the music, and keeping California WorldFest alive. If you can’t attend WorldFest Day, don’t worry as all events will be broadcast live.

None of us expected that COVID19 would affect WorldFest for a second year. Most of all, I think of the people at the top of this page- our WorldFest Family. Stage managers, volunteers, artists, and production crews that will be without income for 18 months. This is hard. Harder than any of us thought possible.

This will be another challenging year for us but we can get through this together. We’ll see you on the other side and we can’t wait.

TICKET HOLDER UPDATE
For 2020 ticket holders, your tickets will automatically transfer to California WorldFest 2022. AND your ticket is good for WorldFest Day on July 17 whether virtual or in person!

Thank you for supporting California WorldFest! Look for more updates on WorldFest Day happening on July 17th, 2021!

WorldFest 2021: Update #1

Traditionally, tickets would be going on sale this week for WorldFest 2021. We truly want to present the festival in person, under the tall pines, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, but a lot remains uncertain.

In the coming weeks we will be meeting with the venue and county officials to discuss opportunities for a summer festival. We just don’t know what that might look like.

We want to further the tradition that is California WorldFest with all of you, but we don’t feel that we have enough information to plan a gathering at this time. We will be holding off on any formal announcements or ticket sales until January when we have more details about what might be possible.

Thank you to all of you that are working hard to stay connected through music. We wish all of you, your families and loved ones, a safe and healthy Holiday season and we look forward to joining with you in song and dance.

The 24th Annual California WorldFest is Postponed to 2021

Dear California WorldFest Family,

From homes around the world, WorldFest artists, leadership, and teams have been assessing the current crisis and trying to plan for the future. What is most important is the safety and well-being of our entire California WorldFest family. As we continue to face these unprecedented times, we had to make a very difficult decision.

We will be postponing the 24th Annual California WorldFest until July 15-18, 2021. The impact of postponing this year’s festival extends to our crews, volunteers, partners, patrons, and our greater community. We spent the last 6 months planning and preparing a very special experience for you. We will continue to honor and build upon these efforts as we shift our focus to 2021. So, I guess you could say we have a significant head start for next year. 😉

In the meantime, please follow along on Facebook and Instagram as we highlight past performances, connect you with artists through virtual programming and workshops, showcase our vendors, and share partner stories. It is an incredibly challenging time for our artists and artisans. We can show our support and continue to create space for our WorldFest family, together online.If you took advantage of our holiday pre-sale or early bird ticket offer, your 2020 tickets will be honored next year. This locks in your special pricing, helps us cover this year’s incurred expenses, and sets us up for a successful come-back.

WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a non-profit cultural and education organization dedicated to presenting and promoting the arts. We would be grateful if you would consider supporting us by making your tickets a tax-deductible donation. We can also issue gift cards for future use at WorldFest or shows held at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, or issue refunds. The deadline to request a refund or gift card is July 1, 2020.

We are planning something extra special for those of you who can hold onto (or donate) your tickets, so stay tuned!

Now, more than ever, we are reminded that music really does connect us all. We are all saddened that we will miss this chance to be together but we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe for us to gather under the tall pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Coronavirus | Covid-19 Updates

Dear Friends,

Thank you for being a part of the WorldFest family. At the end of the month, we will be unveiling the third round of artists announcements for WorldFest 2020!

Currently, we do not plan to cancel any performances or events.

We will be monitoring the CDC, state, and local government agencies for any updates and encourage you to take standard precautions including hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you are ill. You may transfer or sell your ticket to someone else by contacting the box office at 530-274-8384. Our current refund policy is here.

While at this time the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nevada County is low, the health and safety of patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers is always a priority. WorldFest and The Center for the Arts will be taking precautionary measures recommended by government authorities as we prepare for this year’s festivities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director

For more information on how our first responders are preparing see this article.

La Misa Negra

2021 LINEUP

La Misa Negra

GENRE: Latin Alternative | LOC: Oakland, CA

 

La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section,
and a vintage-inspired sound. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, SZA, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, George Clinton, Antibalas, Budos Band, and Ozomatli. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-
kind shows, they have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.

 

La Misa Negra es una banda de Oakland, California, conformada por 7 integrantes y conocida por su mezcla única de cumbia y música afrolatina. En tarima, entregan un show que explota con ritmos contagiosos y energía punk, activada por los tambores, vientos, acordeón y un sonido inspirado de la era de
los años 50. Desde sus inicios en el otoño del 2011, La Misa Negra ha compartido escenarios y festivales a lo largo de los Estados Unidos con artistas como Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence and the Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery
Corporation, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, Lila Downs, El Gran Silencio y Kinky. A través de sus fervientes shows, La Misa Negra se ha dado a conocer como una de las bandas más emocionantes que ha emergido de la Bahía en los últimos años, cultivando una fanaticada de diversas culturas, generaciones y gustos musicales.

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California WorldFest

An annual music festival that brings music from around the world to Grass Valley, California. We honor the land our festival is held on with our Global Indigenous Peoples Village. PLUS: Workshops & Yoga • Global Conscious Living • World Food & Artisan Market • Family Fun for All Ages • Buskers • Late Night Music • Parade & More!

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California WorldFest © 2021. California WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community.
Site Photography by John Taber, Marion Charlotte Photography, Ryuta Shimotomai, and Eye of Laksmi.

California WorldFest acknowledges the racial injustice of the past and present. We are committed to listening to BBIPOC voices and educating ourselves as we work together towards a future built on equality. We believe the arts foster unity and will continue to advocate for BBIPOC artists and community members. We see you, we hear you, we support you.

Banana Slug String Band

2021 LINEUP

Banana Slug String Band

GENRE: Children’s Eco-Music | LOC: Santa Cruz, CA

 

The Banana Slug String Band has been playing music for kids for over 30 years. they have played in 40 states, and 5 Countries, for over 2 Million people. They have released 12 award winning CDs. Their music is used in School curriculums and classes around the World. The slugs have brought their musical messages to noted festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and their home festival, Strawberry Music Festival, which they have played nearly 40 times! 

Their Live show is legendary, and include characters such as; the Professor, Doug the Drop, Peter the Penguin, Mr. Dirt the puppet, Louie the Crab, and Big Red, the talking Redwood Tree. These characters come out in full body costume to the amazement of all. The songs are all original, and played in a variety of catchy musical styles…from Folk to Blues to reggae, Rock and Roll and Rap. The songs are educational, funny and deeply moving. Kids come away, inspired, and ready to learn more about the Earth.

The Slugs are Environmental Educators, and met teaching in Outdoor Education in San Mateo county, working at Env. Ed. Schools deep in the Redwoods. Solar Steve and Marine Mark are currently the Administrators and directors of San Mateo county outdoor Ed.

Doug Dirt, Airy Larry, Marine Mark, and Solar Steve are the Real Deal…..Impassioned musicians, songwriters, performers, educators, and eco-warriors! With guitars, voices, crazy characters, and an extraordinary ability to connect with children…. they change the world, one child at a time!

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California WorldFest

An annual music festival that brings music from around the world to Grass Valley, California. We honor the land our festival is held on with our Global Indigenous Peoples Village. PLUS: Workshops & Yoga • Global Conscious Living • World Food & Artisan Market • Family Fun for All Ages • Buskers • Late Night Music • Parade & More!

Contact Us

EARLY BIRD ON SALE NOW

Get Tickets

@caworldfest | #musicconnectsusall

California WorldFest © 2021. California WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community.
Site Photography by John Taber, Marion Charlotte Photography, Ryuta Shimotomai, and Eye of Laksmi.

California WorldFest acknowledges the racial injustice of the past and present. We are committed to listening to BBIPOC voices and educating ourselves as we work together towards a future built on equality. We believe the arts foster unity and will continue to advocate for BBIPOC artists and community members. We see you, we hear you, we support you.

Amo Amo

2021 LINEUP

Amo Amo

GENRE: Psychedelic Rock | LOC: Los Angeles, CA

 

Amo Amo is a psychedelic dream pop band from Los Angeles, California.

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California WorldFest

An annual music festival that brings music from around the world to Grass Valley, California. We honor the land our festival is held on with our Global Indigenous Peoples Village. PLUS: Workshops & Yoga • Global Conscious Living • World Food & Artisan Market • Family Fun for All Ages • Buskers • Late Night Music • Parade & More!

Contact Us

EARLY BIRD ON SALE NOW

Get Tickets

@caworldfest | #musicconnectsusall

California WorldFest © 2021. California WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community.
Site Photography by John Taber, Marion Charlotte Photography, Ryuta Shimotomai, and Eye of Laksmi.

California WorldFest acknowledges the racial injustice of the past and present. We are committed to listening to BBIPOC voices and educating ourselves as we work together towards a future built on equality. We believe the arts foster unity and will continue to advocate for BBIPOC artists and community members. We see you, we hear you, we support you.

Albino Mbie

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Albino Mbie

GENRE: African Rock & Roll | LOC: Maputo, Mozambique

 

Albino Mbie is an award winning Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Sound and mixing engineer born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a 5-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords.

Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Albino began to play in a number of local bands. As with his home-made guitar, Albino wanted to combine styles and incorporate diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he needed experience new places, cultures, and sounds.

Today, Albino”s music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Afro-Pop and Moz-Jazz sound. He will always continue to combine and capture the energies of different musical traditions to create a unified and original musical style.

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California WorldFest

An annual music festival that brings music from around the world to Grass Valley, California. We honor the land our festival is held on with our Global Indigenous Peoples Village. PLUS: Workshops & Yoga • Global Conscious Living • World Food & Artisan Market • Family Fun for All Ages • Buskers • Late Night Music • Parade & More!

Contact Us

EARLY BIRD ON SALE NOW

Get Tickets

@caworldfest | #musicconnectsusall

California WorldFest © 2021. California WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community.
Site Photography by John Taber, Marion Charlotte Photography, Ryuta Shimotomai, and Eye of Laksmi.

California WorldFest acknowledges the racial injustice of the past and present. We are committed to listening to BBIPOC voices and educating ourselves as we work together towards a future built on equality. We believe the arts foster unity and will continue to advocate for BBIPOC artists and community members. We see you, we hear you, we support you.