The 24th Annual California WorldFest is Postponed

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.

 

Be Well,

Your Friends & Family at WorldFest

 

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If you have tickets, you have options. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

MekLit

2020 LINEUP

MekLit

GENRE: Ethio-Jazz | LOC: San Francisco, CA

Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to New York, London, DC, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Arusha, Rome, Zurich, Rio Di Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more.

Her fame in Ethiopia skyrocketed in 2015 when her TED talk went viral in the country and her music videos began playing daily on multiple Ethiopian television stations. She goes back to Addis Ababa regularly to perform.

Meklit’s album – When the People Move, the Music Moves Too – was released June 23rd on Six Degrees Records, receiving rave reviews and quickly reaching #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts, #1 on the NACC World Charts and #12 on the World Charts in Europe. It was also named one of the 100 Best Albums of 2017 by the Sunday Times UK, one of the Best Soul Albums of 2017 by Bandcamp and amongst the 10 Best Bay Area albums of 2017 by KQED. These 11 songs were deeply inspired by Mulatu Astatke (the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz). Back in 2011, he told Meklit, “find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!” Produced by multi-GRAMMY winning artist/songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend, Dixie Chicks), the album also features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird.

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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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About: History

The Earth Beneath Your Feet: The Indigenous History of the WorldFest Grounds

 

This July, WorldFest participants are welcomed to the home of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. The word Nisenan means “from among us.” WorldFest will take place under Nisenan skies, among the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada. “Homoja bemi” is a traditional Nisenan greeting. The Tribe welcomes locals and visitors to enjoy this space and requests that it is treated with respect.  

 

The land you’ll walk over at WorldFest has always been of great importance to the Nisenan people. Before it was the Nevada County Fairgrounds, it was a grand place of trade and commerce and represents an important piece of not only Nisenan history, but of California history. Before the Gold Rush, Nevada County’s first people thrived in their homelands and enjoyed a rich life, steeped in their ancient Nisenan culture.  The Nisenan lived in pre-contact towns such as Waukaudok, Woloyu, Ustomah, Daspia and Kiwimdo in the western Sierra Nevada foothills for thousands of years.

 

Nisenan territory lay within the watersheds of the Yuba, Bear, and American rivers. Before these rivers were dammed, their flood patterns created a rich estuary where the Nisenan harvested plants and hunted game, including elk, which roamed the western foothills in large herds. They were wealthy, sophisticated people who, unlike other migratory tribes, did not have to move far to maintain their way of life, since California foothills boasted some of the most diverse plant and animal communities on the continent.

 

Nisenan life changed after the Gold Rush, which brought destruction to the rivers and wildlife of the western Sierra Nevada. The people escaped genocide and lost their ancestral homelands as tens of thousands of miners and settlers flooded the state.

 

 

In the early days of statehood, California Indians were denied basic human rights as the government squeezed wealth out of the land, regardless of the consequences. When California’s legislature first convened in 1850, it banned California Indians from voting. It also prevented anyone with one or more Indian parents from serving as jurors or testifying in trials against whites.

 

These political strategies were designed to rob the first people of their lands. In 1851, the United States made 18 treaties with California tribes that were never ratified, leaving California Indians in dire circumstances.

 

In 1887, a Nisenan headman, (chief) Charley Cully, secured land for his people in present-day Nevada City, on Cement Hill. In 1913, an executive order from President Woodrow Wilson designated the land as a Reservation to be held in Trust by the United States, ensuring the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan would be a Sovereign Nation and a federally recognized Tribe.

 

Even when the Nisenan had sovereignty over their ancestral lands, life in California was not easy. The Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council chairman, Richard Johnson, remembers that in the 1950s, Nisenan people felt forced to keep quiet and try to blend in. He recalls a time when American Indian children were forcibly removed from their family homes, and calling attention to one’s indigenous identity could mean getting beaten or killed.

 

In 1964, the Nevada City Rancheria was illegally terminated, along with the rancherias of 43 other tribes in California. Today, 41 have had their federal status “restored” and have been given replacement lands–but the Nisenan are still denied their rights to sovereignty. Without federal status, the Nisenan Tribe cannot access essential programs for healthcare, housing, higher education and the repatriation of their dead.

 

Today, the Nisenan people have overcome many challenges. They are devoted to honoring their culture and nurturing their Tribe’s future.

 

This November, the Tribe looks forward to hosting their 9th Annual Nisenan Heritage Day event. Nisenan Heritage Day is co-sponsored by Sierra College. Guests are welcomed to experience traditional dancers, master basket weaving demonstrations, panels on a variety of topics important to the Indigenous and local community, art, Indian tacos, Nisenan language and much more.

 

Nisenan language revitalization is at the heart of the Nisenan’s connection to their homeland and their ancestors. Coming together as a community gives the Tribe a unique opportunity to help heal the scars of history and bring today’s Nisenan into the fabric of the local community.

 

The Nisenan will be hosting our Opening Ceremony at WorldFest and will ensure that the festival honors the land. The Nisenan also feel honored to welcome the other indigenous people into their homelands through the Global Indigenous Peoples Village and Global Stage and look forward to the many ceremonies, workshops, and performances happening there. Please visit the Global Indigenous Peoples Village page to learn more!

 

About: Sustainability

Working Together at WorldFest for a Green Future

 

A year ago this summer, Nevada City announced its goal of switching to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. The city is at work on its mission, and at WorldFest we recognize valuable lessons in the way the community has come together to support this goal.

 

Switching to renewable energy will involve many challenges, and community support is essential for success. Driving this change in Nevada City is a community group called the 100% Renewables Committee, which meets regularly to help the city move forward. The committee is dedicated to building “community interest, engagement and support for the City’s transition to renewable electricity sources,” said Don Rivenes, the committee’s Chair.

 

When communities promise to make the switch, others follow, and Nevada City is joined in its commitment by nearby Truckee and South Lake Tahoe. Public participation and support is essential in keeping up momentum for big projects like this and bringing other cities along for the ride. That’s why community initiatives like the 100% Renewables Committee are so important.

 

What can we at WorldFest learn from the committee’s example?

 

Well, lots! But there’s one big-picture lesson that we’re really excited about, and that’s the power of many different groups working together, from grassroots organizations to city governments to neighborhoods—and, of course, music festivals!

 

Last week, we shared WorldFest Sustainability Mission #1: End Single Use. (Remember, bring your reusable container to WorldFest to refill at our hydration stations, as there will be no single-use containers available!) This week, we are proud to announce our second sustainability mission. Are you ready to work together for a green future? Read on to learn how you can help!

 

WorldFest Sustainability Mission #2: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle–and Compost!

 

All WorldFest vendors are committed to providing compostable or recyclable dining materials. That said, we need your help in sorting everything properly so we can prevent waste!

 

Here are some easy steps to help you keep the three Rs–plus compost!–in mind while attending WorldFest:

 

Before you accept a disposable object, ask yourself whether you really need it. With a little creativity, you might be able to avoid creating trash.

 

When you do have a piece of trash you need to toss, instead of throwing  it in the nearest can, first ask yourself: Can I reuse this? If not, can I recycle or compost it? Come to any one of the four sorting stations onsite and ask a volunteer if you’re not sure where something goes, or check out the handy signage near most every can or receptacle onsite!

 

RECYCLING guidelines can sometimes be confusing. Here’s what you can recycle at WorldFest:

-PET #1 and PET #2 Plastics ONLY! (any other number is landfill!)

-Clean paper bags, clean paper, and cardboard

-Empty aluminum cans, containers, and clean foil

-Empty glass bottles and jars

-Empty plastic containers

 

And, yes, at WorldFest we do COMPOST! Here’s what can go in our compost bins:

-All food scraps (including meat and bones)

-Coffee grounds and filters

-Napkins and paper products WITHOUT wax coating

-Popsicle sticks (who knew?)

 

Remember, if you can reuse or compost it, awesome. If you can recycle it, cool. But what about landfill? The following items are doomed to spend eternity in a hole in the ground, so we hope to keep them far away from WorldFest as much as possible – and we’ll keep getting better every year with your help!

LANDFILL ITEMS:

-Disposable utensils (These can sometimes be the most confusing! Skip the wondering altogether and check out our Merch Booth to pick up your own personal reusable utensils!)

-Plastic wrap

-Chip bags and plastic bags

-Straws

-Styrofoam

-Food-soiled paper (This can also be one of the toughest to avoid, but you can always stop by Mountain Recreation in Grass Valley to pick up some reusable camping dishware before you get onsite and come prepared! They have tons of options to choose from, and are a wonderful local community partner of The Center For The Arts and California WorldFest!)

 

We’re honored to have so many resources available to us at WorldFest this year to help us keep the waste generated by the event as minimal as possible and be more conscious of our individual personal responsibilities to reduce and dispose of our own waste as well as protect and honor the gorgeous land our event takes place on each year.

 

We can all learn from and support each other in these efforts, and we appreciate your help as we continue to expand our Sustainability practices as a whole!

 

Want to learn more about Greening, Sustainability, Waste Reduction, or Permaculture? Stay tuned for an overview of the incredible sustainability and permaculture workshops taking place at WorldFest this year!

 

NOTE: Two of our sponsors are California Solar Electric Company (providing a solar-powered charging station at the festival) and BriarPatch Food Co-op, who is a GREAT local champion of sustainability, sourcing produce from local, organic farms, and educating people about limiting their reliance on single-use plastics. In 2016, BriarPatch teamed up with California Solar Electric Company to build a parking lot solar structure — some numbers on their energy savings are on their website: http://www.briarpatch.coop/know-briarpatch/solar-parking-structure/ (there might be more info on their website, but I think this is the most concise). It would be awesome to figure out a way to call out their sustainability efforts, especially since they donated towards the festival!

 

^^ Great info, Suzanne! Kristin, what do you think about an article about the above, emphasizing these organizations’ partnership with WorldFest? Perhaps closer to the festival date, to bring people’s attention back around to sustainability?  

Archive – RV Sites with Hookups 2017

RV CAMPING WITH HOOK-UPS

RV Sites with hookups go on sale
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Beneath tall pines and oaks, the level terrain is ideal for families with tents and campers.  RV Hookups (Water/Electric only and Water/Electricity/Sewer) are available by reservation with ticket packets described on the back.  Showers and fresh water are located throughout the grounds.  Lion Lake offers shoreline fishing for children.  No campfires or charcoal BBQ’s are allowed.  Above the ground camp stoves are OK.  We suggest campers bring a shade canopy for their campsite.  Absolutely no pets are allowed at the festival or in the camping area.  (certified service dogs must be on a 6′ leash at all times)

The camping gate opens at 8:00 AM each day.  There will be no ticket sales between 10:00PM and 8:00AM.  Sunday camping ticket holders may camp through Sunday night.  Checkout time is noon on Monday.

Archive – Vendors 2017

home-lineup-500-sm-Sheckter-9609-2Application deadline for 2017 is closed.  Decisions will be made by the first week of April.  Check back in to apply for 2018 in Jan 2018.

Marketplace hours are:
Thursday 4:00 – 11:00pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9:00am – 10:00pm

ARTISAN VENDORS

The artisans are set up outdoors between stages. Electricity is available. This is a juried show with up to 45 artisans displaying their wares. Handmade arts and crafts are welcome as well as imported items. In your submission please include:

3 photos of your wares including one showing your booth set up.
A list of items you sell and their prices.
A list of other events you have participated in with references we may contact.
Do NOT send samples. Photos will NOT be returned.
WorldFest has no deadline for submission but is usually fully booked with vendors by March 31.
Email or call 530-274-8384 for information on fees.

Artisan Booths range in price and are subject to change in 2017.
2016 prices:
10′ X 10′ = $580
10’X 20’= $795
10’X30′ = $950

Booths are 10′ deep and various lengths long.    There is a $100 cleaning deposits and proof of insurance are required.
Vendors must bring their own to-code fire extinguisher.

Contact vendor@nullworldfest.net with any questions, or call 530-274-8384 ext 11

lazy-dog500FOOD VENDORS

Food booth prices for range from $900-2,000 for all four days of the festival.  Price depends on location.  No daily percentage taken.  Includes 4 Festival camping passes.

Food Concessions are set up between stages in an outdoor location. Water and Electricity are available.

In your submission include:
– 3 photos of your booth set up including one showing your food being served.  Photos will NOT be returned.
– A sample menu of items you sell and their prices.
– A list of other events you have participated in and references we can contact.

WorldFest has no deadline for submission but is usually fully booked with vendors by March 31.

Food booths range in price and are subject to change in 2017.
2016 prices:
$900-2,000 depending on the location and size
$100 cleaning deposit and Insurance is required

Booth sizes are 12′ wide x 12′ long

Food vendors MUST have their Environmental Health paperwork and TFF in Nevada County upon the application process in January.

– We are requiring all vendors to serve food and drink in/on compostable paper plates, bowls, and cups.
– Only drink vendors are allowed to sell drinks as World Fest runs the beverage kiosk
– No RV hook-ups for Vendor Camping
– No Pets Allowed in fairgrounds or camping area
– No fire allowed in campgrounds
– No generators
– Vendors must provide their own to-code fire extinguisher

Also under general applications

Contact vendor@nullworldfest.net with any questions, or call 530-274-8384 ext 11

PERFORMERS

Please do not contact WorldFest regarding artist submissions.  We have a closed artist submission process.  We do not accept unsolicited submissions.

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

FRIDAY

 

Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Lemvo’s blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.”

 

Lemvo hails from São Salvador Do Congo (M’Banza-Kongo), Zaire in Northern Angola. He grew up in Congo-Kinshasa where he was introduced to Cuban music by a cousin who owned a large collection of vintage Cuban LPs. Lemvo came to the US more than 30 years ago to pursue a law degree but ended up devoting his life to music.

 

 

Lemvo is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. He is truly multi-cultural and equally at home singing in Spanish, Portuguese, Kimbundu, Turkish, Lingala, and Kikongo.

 

Since forming his Los Angeles-based band Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, raising his joyous voice with strength, singing songs that celebrate life, and most importantly, inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries.

 

Through the years, Lemvo has performed countless shows in many festivals, night clubs, and Performing Art Centers throughout Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Australia. Giving him the ultimate form of respect, his songs have been performed and recorded by such artists as Colombia’s Joe Arroyo, Orquesta Revé from Cuba, and the Russian band, Tres Muchachos.

 

Lemvo’s seven CDs, Tata Masamba, Mambo Yo Yo*, São Salvador*, Ay Valeria!, Isabela Retrospectiva and Rumba SoYo have been enthusiastically acclaimed by both print and broadcast media worldwide.

 

Lemvo has been the subject of various radio and television programs including BBC Radio, Radio France Internationale, Radio-Télévision Belge, National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Today Show, CNN World Beat, National Geographic World Music, Rádio Nacional de Angola, and Televisão Pública de Angola.

 

In film, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca appeared in the 1998 movie Dance With Me starring Vanessa Williams and Chayanne.

 

Ricardo Lemvo leaves an indelible impression with any and all who hear his music or see him perform. Why? Because, like Lemvo, there is no other.

 

www.makinaloca.com

Mobando

Mobando

FRIDAY

Mobando is a Salsa, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul fusion group. Mobando has performed in such venues as MezzanineSF, Facebook Headquarters, The New Parish, Boom Boom Room, Elbow Room, Madrone, The Stonehouse, Haven Underground and most notably they have opened for Erykah Badu (Dj set). This up and coming powerhouse of talent will blow you away with its amazing arrangements and live remixes of popular tunes.

 

Currently, they have been igniting dance floors all over California. Mobando Percussionist, Mike Scartezina will be introducing his new percussion based project, Bloco Elektro Band, in collaboration with Mobando for a special treat this year at California World Fest. The best of both worlds…Cuba meets Brazil with a hip-hop twist!

 

Mobando
Mike Scartezina ~ Band Director, Percussion
Benezra Tergis ~ Band Director, Keys
Rob Holland ~ Bass Guitar
Julian Fritz ~ Drum Set, co-founder
Jade Ismail ~ Trombone
Justin Renfrow ~ Trumpet
Corey Holop ~ Percussion

 

www.mobandomusic.com

2017 WorldFest Program

DRAFT SCHEDULE 2017


California WorldFest hosts
over one hundred performers on
eight stages of music, dance and workshops.

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Click on image for detailed schedule.

Native Welcome Martha Redbone Alash Peter Yarrow Federspiel Dakhabrakha Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 La Misa Nigra Supaman Leyla McCalla Los Hermanos Arango Femina Tommy Emmanuel Magic Giant Nattali Rize Michael Franti & Spearhead Etana Maraichi Flor De Toloache Xiuhtezcatl & Isa Betsayda Machado

Gate Times:

Gate 1: Day Ticket Holders
Thur 4pm -10pm
Fri-Sun 9am – 10pm
Gate 4: Campers
Thur – Sat 8am – 11:30pm
Sun 8am – 7:30pm.