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Global Arts Festival

Global Arts Festival

Celebrating 17 Years of African Arts, 10 Years of World Music and Dance & 2 Years of Global Arts Festival Symposium at Ohio University

Join us in Athens, Ohio, for an unparalleled international art and research event at the 2020 Ohio University Global Arts Festival March 30 through April 3! The week features more than 15 workshops and lectures, multiple music and dance performances, an international fashion show, and the 10th World Music and Dance Concert on April 3.

Festival’s guest of honor is Ben Dotsei Malor, Chief Editor at UN News at the United Nation’s Headquarters in New York City. Malor presents, “Education and Health Partnership: The Role of Academic Institutions in Promoting United Nations SDGs” at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on April 2.

The 2020 Global Arts Festival runs concurrently with Ohio University’s 2nd Global Arts Festival Symposium: Arts, Health, Wellness and Sustainable Development March 31 to April 1, featuring 12 sessions and 36 presentations.

Schedule of Events


The 2020 Global Arts Festival and the 2nd Annual Global Arts Symposium are sponsored by multiple Ohio University colleges and units including the College of Fine Arts, its Arts for OHIO program, and its School of Music, School of Dance, School of Film, School of Theater, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, School of Art + Design and its Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts; the International Student Union; the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies; the Center for International Studies; the Performing Arts Series; the Concert Series; the College of Fine Arts’ the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Azaguno; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion; Multicultural Programs and Initiatives; the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs; the Campus Involvement Center; the Black Student Cultural Programming Board; the Scripps College of Communication; The Movement Organization; Berekum African Market; Jackie O’s Brewery; and the Puffin Foundation West.