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International Festival 2019 (free)

  • Overture Center 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A wide sampling of artistic forms that Madison-area residents have brought from around the globe. Info

Photo by Martin Jenich, courtesy of Overture Center for the Arts.

Photo by Martin Jenich, courtesy of Overture Center for the Arts.

The annual International Festival's full schedule spans about three dozen performances in the Overture Center's various spaces, all of them featuring Dane County-based artists who draw on music, dance, and literary styles from across the globe. On top of that, the day-long festival features family-friendly activities like a community mandala project, an "international market," and food from vendors including Spice Yatra, the Italian Workman's Club, and the Polish Heritage Club of Madison. It's definitely worth checking things out at random throughout the day, but a few of the highlights include the UW Russian Folk Orchestra (11:30 a.m., Overture Hall), Cris Plata's blend of country with Mexican folk (12:40 p.m., Overture Hall), Sufi storytelling from Ali Jamnia (2:15 p.m., Wisconsin Studio), a Taiwanese puppet troupe (3:35 p.m., Rotunda Stage), an a cappella performance of Eastern European music by Tri Bratovchedki (4:30 p.m., Promenade Hall). —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: February 22
Tippy, Mr. Jackson, Cop Circles
Later Event: February 23
Casque D'Or (free)