Madison World Music Festival Announces 2008 Lineup

Mamak Khadem
Mamak Khadem
The fifth annual Madison World Music Festival will be held from September 12-20, 2008, in the Memorial Union and other venues. On the 14th it will be held at the Wisconsin Union Theater and The Annex and on the 20th it will move to the Willy Street Fair. Again this year, all events are free and open to the public. Patrons who wish to can donate to help the festival thrive for years to come.

In its fifth and biggest year so far the festival again brings extraordinary artists from all over the world for free performances, workshops, lectures, and other outreach events. This year, we’re showcasing the many faces of Indian music and dance. Stiltwalking puppeteers Dragon Knights return for the second year, this time with Corto the Pink Flamingo.

Additional workshops and events, as well as a guide to the festival, this year written by musician and notable world music writer Andrew Cronshaw, will be available later at the festival’s web site,

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday, 9/12/2008

Terrace (Rain: Wisconsin Union Theater):
5:30 Prasanna (India)
7:30 Mamak Khadem (Iran)
9:30 Nation Beat (Brazil/USA)

Dragon Knights (stiltwalking puppeteers)

Saturday, 9/13/2008

Terrace (Rain: Wisconsin Union Theater):
4:30 Little Cow (Hungary)
6:30 Plastic People of the Universe (Czech Republic)
7:45 Reelroad (Russia)
10 Maraca (Cuba)

Dragon Knights (stiltwalking puppeteers)

Tripp Commons
9:45 Dance workshop with Reelroad

Sunday, 9/14/2008

Wisconsin Union Theater:
Time TBA Kumar Sambav (India, dance), presented by the Indian Grad Students

The Annex:
6:30 local band TBA
7:30 Little Cow (Hungary)
9:00 Plastic People of the Universe (Czech Republic)

Wednesday, 9/17/2008

Humanities 2441, 2451, 2511, 2521
6:00 Singing, instrumental, and dance workshops with Kabile

Thursday, 9/18/2008

Humanities 1101
4:00 CREECA lecture with Kabile

Terrace (Rain: Wisconsin Union Theater):
5:00-8:00 Student and Community Showcase
8:30 Kabile (Bulgaria)

Friday, 9/19/2008

Memorial Union Great Lounge
Noon Indian dance workshop with Dya Singh members

Terrace (Rain: Wisconsin Union Theater):
5:30 Gaida Hinnawi (Syria)
7:30 Dya Singh (India)
9:30 Baba Zula

Saturday, 9/20/2008

Willy Street Fair:

1:45 Chiwoniso (Zimbabwe)
3:45 Zazhil (Mexico)
5:45 Etran Finatawa (Niger)
7:45 17 Hippies (Germany)

Sunday, 9/21/2008

Mills Hall:
Time TBA: A journey in Hindustani music: Vocal concert by Rajan and Sajan Mishra

The festival is sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Union Theater Committee and supported by: Evjue Foundation, Wisconsin Arts Board, American Family Insurance, Anonymous Fund, Associated Students of Madison, Multicultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, M & I Bank, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Willy Street Fair, International Student Services, CREECA, The Onion, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Higher Ground, WORT 89.9 FM, Capital City Hues, Asian Wisconzine, and individual donors.

As in past years, the festival is free and open to the public. Audience members may contribute to help keep it free, fabulous and accessible to all in future years. On-line donations may be made to or directly from the Madison World Music Festival site. Donations may also be sent to: Wisconsin Union Theater / MWMF Fund, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706



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