2015 International Festival
FEB 2015 (Date TBD) | 10 AM - 5:30 PM | Free
Experience a rich tapestry of cultures woven by Dane County artists. Featurng arts, crafts, food, and performances representing more than 25 cultures, International Festival is a delight of sights, sounds and flavors!
In chronological order, 2014's performers included:
The following abbreviations are used below for the performance venue names:
OHL – Overture Hall Lobby – Located on Level I
OH – Overture Hall – Located on Level I
PH – Promenade Hall – Located on Level II
WS – Wisconsin Studio – Located on Level III
CT – Capitol Theater – Located on Level I
RS – Rotunda Stage – Located on Lower Level
11:00 PM (5min) | OHL | Welcome
The opening ceremony of the 2014 International Festival.
11:05 PM (7min) | OHL | Swiss Alphorn Group
A lively tune with traditional Swiss mountain instruments.
11:20 PM (60min) | OHL | Atimevu Drum and Dance Group
Traditional Ghanaian folk music and authentic dances from all tribes in Ghana.
12:10 PM (45min) | WS | Istmo Tango Trio
Cellist, violinist and pianist performing traditional and modern tangos.
12:10 PM (25min) | PH | Roots of Brazil Capoeira
An Afro-Brazilian martial arts dance display with acrobatics.
12:10 PM (45min) | RS | Madison Maennerchor
Traditional men’s choral singing in the German language.
12:10 PM (45min) | OH | UW Russian Folk Orchestra
Russian and other Eastern European music performed on authentic folk instruments.
12:20 PM (25min) | CT | Gaelic Fusion Dance Company
A whirlwind of dancers in tartan kilts set to the music of the newest bands from Scotland.
12:40 PM (45min) | OHL | Bi Dana
Traditional Irish band with fiddle, concertina, pipes, harp and vocals.
12:55 PM (25min) | PH | Boliviamanta Dance Wisconsin
Traditional Bolivian folkloric dances to promote and share Bolivian culture.
12:55 PM (45min) | RS | Goongoo Peas
Interactive folk music and storytelling from the Caribbean and African Diaspora.
1:05 PM (25min) | CT | Meenakshi Ganesan & the Kalaanjali School of Dance
Bharatanatyam, a classical and colorful Indian dance from Southern India.
1:15 PM (25min) | OH | Madison Chinese Cultural Association
Spectacular Chinese performances and dance in colorful costumes.
1:25 PM (45min) | WS | Last Gaspe
A contra dance band, playing Canadian, Irish and American fiddle music that swings.
1:40 PM (25min) | PH | Limanya Drum & Dance Ensemble
High energy music and dance from Guinea and West Africa.
1:45 PM (25min) | OHL | Sergio Rico Vacilon
Cuban son-guajira music from Eastern Cuba and Havana.
1:50 PM (25min) | CT | Zaibas Lithuanian Dancers
Lithuanian folk dances performed in national costumes with descriptive narratives.
1:55 PM (25min) | RS | Sadira & Riad Dance Company
Joyous, beautiful dances from the Middle East in authentic costuming and music.
2:00 PM (45 min) | OH | Charanga Agoza
Afro-Cuban Charanga group fuzing the cha-cha and mambo rhythms with modern salsa sounds.
2:20 PM (45min) | OHL | Chris and Ann Plata
South Texas musical style combining country, folk, tex-mex, and conjunto elements.
2:25 PM (25min) | PH | Mesoghios Dance Troupe
Zigan(gypsy) dances from Greece in authentic, antique costumes.
2:35 PM (25min) | CT | Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance Company
Fiery, Flamenco dances from Southern Spain.
2:40 PM (45min) | WS | Cajun Strangers
Cajun music played on accordion and fiddle, sung in the Cajun French dialect.
2:50 PM (30min) | RS | Taiwan Puppet Troupe
Traditional Taiwanese "Glove Puppet" theater.
3:10 PM (25min) | PH | Kioja Drill Team
Creating sound through hand/foot motions derived from African communication called Wella-Boot.
3:20 PM (25min) | OH | Danza Tradicional Mexicana
Promoting the music, and traditions of Mexico through dance.
3:20 PM (45min) | CT | Handphibians
Brazilian music and cultural traditions in a fun and educational performance.
3:25 PM (45min) | OHL | The Dang-Its Trio
Roots-oriented music influenced by bluegrass, country swing, rockabilly, folk and Cajun.
3:45 PM (25min) | RS | Tri Bratovchedki Singers
Traditional songs from Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia, and Macedonia.
3:45 PM (45min) | WS | Veseliyka
Bulgari traditional instrumentation and melodies with a contemporary repertoire.
4:25 PM (45min) | CT | Tani Diakite
Music from Mali that will inspire you to dance.
4:30 PM (45min) | OHL | Yid Vicious Klezmer Ensemble
Klezmer (Yiddish) fold music for dancin and celebrated served up with chutzpah!
Learn more about the International Cafe and Craft Bazaar by clicking the respective links on the left-hand sidebar.
This project is funded in part by the City of Madison; the Arts Access Fund, a component fund for the Madison Community Foundation; Dane Arts with additional funds from the Evjue Foundation, charitable arm of The Capital Times; and by contributions to Overture Center for the Arts. Learn how you can be part of supporting Overture’s community and education programs by clicking here.