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9th Global Arts and Music Festival

9th Global Arts and Music Festival

9th Global Arts Festival at Ohio University 

April 1-5 in Athens, Ohio
Celebrating Global Arts, Education and Diversity at Ohio University, APRIL 1-5, 2019. A week overflowing with dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts, and world languages!  

The College of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Programs, Performing Arts Series, Center for International Studies, Campus Involvement Center, Schools of Dance, Film and Theater, Interdisciplinary Arts, Music, and Arts for OHIO are pleased to host the first Ohio University Global Arts Festival, April 1-5.

As part of this celebration, there will be Symposium on the theme: “Global Arts and Education Scholarship in the Twenty-first Century University Curriculum," a World Music and Dance Concert, exhibitions, master classes, and free afternoon concerts. Activities of this festival are geared towards introducing our students to different ways of conceptualizing the arts and potentially opening up new avenues of creativity, expression, and aesthetic appreciation.

Our goal is to introduce variety of musical sounds and dance movements from all over the world and thereby expand the musical experiences in addition to helping students understand that many areas of the world have music and dance as sophisticated as their own in addition to helping our students to discover many different but equally valid ways of constructing music, dance, film and visual arts.

Join us for lunch concerts and performances at Templeton Blackburn Auditorium each day, evening performances in the Baker Center Front Room, and more!

Full Event Schedule [pdf]

Event  Highlights:

April 2, 9am-3pm
Baker University Center –Room 240

INTERNATIONAL FILM:  Documentary Films of Sean Peoples
April 3, 7-9pm (FREE EVENT)
An evening with Sean Peoples and his environmental documentary films. Discussion on creating environmental documentaries to follow.
1. Hurricane Maria
2. Broken Landscape, Confronting India’s Water-Energy Choke
3. Scaling the Mountain: Protecting Forests for Families in Nepal

Friday April 5, 7:30pm
Templeton Alumni Memorial Auditorium

12-1:30pm each day (FREE EVENT)
West Portico (Templeton Alumni Memorial Auditorium)

  • Monday - April 1 - Largemouth Brass Band
  • Tuesday - April 2  - Ohio University African Ensemble 
  • Wednesday - April 3 - Interactive Drumming (Drum Circle)
  • Thursday - April 4 – New Chords on the Block
  • Friday - April 5 - Ohio University Steel Band

7-10pm each day (FREE EVENTS) 
Baker University Center –Front Room

  • Monday - April 1 - New Orleans Jazz - Largemouth Brass Band
  • Tuesday - April 2 - Division of Dance - World Dance Night
  • Wednesday - April 3 - CIS - An Evening of World Languages
  • Thursday - April 4 (MUSIC): Faculty Jazz Night

  • Thursday - April 4 (THEATER): Romeo & Juliet (Forum Theater) at 8pm (tickets required)
2019 World Music and Dance Concert Poster


World Music and Dance Festival Concert 2019

Friday April 5, 7:30pm
Templeton Alumni Memorial Auditorium

ADMISSION: FREE for all Ohio University Students with Valid ID
$12 General Admission / $9 Other Students with Valid ID
Call 740.593.1780


Featured Performers:

  • William Lau was the founder and the Artistic Director of the Montreal Society of Chinese Performing Arts and the Little Pear Garden Collective in Toronto.
  • Brad Broomfield is one of the most versatile and dynamic percussion performers on the international music scene. Most recently, he served as the Principal Percussionist of the Jordanian National Orchestra.
  • Abubarkari Meirigah Salifu is a member of the Ghana Dance Ensemble (National Dance Company) over the past thirty (30) years.
  • Noel Quintana's Latin Crew specialize in salsa music with a bit of New York and Cuban flavor, as well as Latin Jazz, Merengue and Cha-Cha.
  • Pei Chang Qing is a dancer and teacher of dance, working in the Dance Theater of GanSu Province Company, among many others since the mid 1980s.
  •  Mustapha Braimah brings over 12 years of international experience and high artistic acclaim to his roles as an artist/scholar from Ghana, West Africa. He is a choreographer, educator, administrator, curator, musician, and performer.
  • Abubarkari Meirigah Salifu is a member of the Ghana Dance Ensemble (National Dance Company).
  • Eric Fountain is the music director at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the founder of the first Lutheran steel band.
  • Mur-Len Road is a two person electric violin duet that was formed when Noah J. Gruenberg and Brando Jenkins met for a music festival in Kansas City.
  • Since 2017, the Largemouth Brass Band delivers brasstastic funk from the streets of Athens, OH to the rest of the world. Comprised of current and former Ohio University students.
  • New Chords on the Block is a mixed a cappella group of 17 members, located at Ohio University, founded in 2010.
  • Pittsburgh-based percussionist Tracey Whorton has been teaching and drumming professionally for more than 30 years.